Starting at just over £30,000, the MX-30 lives at the cheaper end of electric car life, especially when you consider it’s a crossover too. Albeit a small one that doesn’t offer a significant amount of extra practicality over the likes of the dinky Honda e and Mini Electric. Then there’s its teeny-tiny range figure, among the lowest currently on sale. But if the MX-30 fits your lifestyle, this ought not be an issue, and its price will thus appear very good value for the quirkiness on offer here.
There are three trim levels currently on offer. Prime-Line starts at £30,050 and brings 18in alloy wheels, LED headlights and a handful of active safety systems. Exclusive-Line is £30,450 and adds heated, electrically adjusted seats, a head-up display and keyless entry. All very appealing goodies that justify the price hike. Makoto spec tops the range at £34,350 and brings a 12-speaker Bose stereo, a heated steering wheel, a handful more safety systems and a 360-degree parking camera. It’s the only model that’s too expensive to qualify for the government’s £1,500 electric car grant, so make sure you really want its extra luxuries.
Its running costs appear small for an electric SUV, mainly owing to how small the MX-30’s battery is and thus how much quicker it’ll charge than rival systems. A full charge at home – or a 20-80 per cent public charge – should nip under the £10 mark. Or roughly half the cost of covering 100 or so miles in a petrol or diesel powered crossover of similar size. Its battery and overall vehicle warranty are right on par for the class too, while the insurance group is nice and low. If the range figure works for you, this’ll be an easy-going proposition.