Mazda MX-30 Review

Price: £30,050 - £34,350

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6/10

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Mazda’s first electric car has some of the fun-to-drive nature of a sportscar. It’s not got a huge range and charging is woefully slow, but is an intriguing alternative to a MINI Electric or Honda e

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  • Battery size: 35.5 kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.2
  • E-Rating™: C

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  • Max charge rate: 35 kW
  • Range: 124 miles
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  • Battery size: 35.5 kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.2
  • E-Rating™: C

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 35 kW
  • Range: 124 miles
  • Mazda CX 30
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  • Electrifying.com E-Rating C
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 17/06/2020・Updated: 23/11/2022

Ginny Says

“Mazda's first all-electric offering is a good looking car and I’m a fan of those cool doors. But the downside is that the modest driving range doesn't really make sense in a larger family car while the interior feels a little dated.”

Tom Says

“Really interesting little SUV from Mazda, this. Small battery (35.5kw), lighter than most. But the Mazda's battery and charging numbers mean it only makes sense for certain drivers.”

Mazda CX30 dashboard dials


With a claimed range of just 124 miles, the Mazda is one of the least practical electric cars on the market. But if you can plug in easily, having a small battery will bring advantages.

  • Range:124 miles
  • Battery:35.5kWh
  • Charging time, Home/Public charger (7kW): :5 hrs
  • Fast charging time, 0-80% (50kW): :40 minutes

Range

With rivals offering 250+ mile ranges in cars with similar price tags, it’s a bit of a shock to find Mazda’s first electric car effort is only capable of going 124 miles between charges. After trying it on UK roads, we’d guesstimate that equates to an average of 100-110 miles in the real world. But like  MINI, Mazda has decided to keep the cost and weight of the MX-30 low with a smaller power pack which, in reality, will be perfectly adequate for drivers who drive the national average of 20 miles a day. We'd like just a little more though to give a 'comfort buffer' on occasional longer trips.

Battery

With a comparatively small 35.5kWh capacity, the MX-30 has an identical battery size to the Honda e and sneaks ahead of the MINI Electric. But it’s smaller than all of its other main rivals, with a Hyundai Kona offering 64kWh, for example. The advantage of this is a lower cost and weight, which means the Mazda is more affordable and better to drive too. The MG4 blows it out of the water though, on both cost and range.

As with all electric modern electric cars, the battery is comprised of Lithium Ion and is mounted under the floor to keep the centre of gravity low and improve handling. It is covered by an eight year or 100,000 mile warranty.  

Charging

With a range which falls into double digits in colder weather, charging is going to be more of an issue with an MX-30 than it would be for some rivals with bigger batteries. Mazda will provide a dedicated home wallbox as part of the package, which makes charging more convenient as it has a cable ‘tethered’ to the point and you’ll only need to plug in at the car’s end. 

Charging is via an inexplicably large flap on the right side of the car, and it will only accept current at a maximum of 6.6kW, compared to the 11 or even 22kWh which is becoming normal in cars like the Peugeot e-208.

The Mazda also has the ability to be rapid charged at an appropriate DC point, such as those found in motorway service stations and close to major roads. But it is slow compared to rivals, with an 80% charge taking around 40 minutes even though the battery is small. We've experienced it taking substantially longer than that too, so this isn't a car you'll want to use for regular long journeys,

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