MAZDA Mx-30 Hatchback

107kW SE-L Lux 35.5kWh 5dr Auto

MAZDA Mx-30 Hatchback - 107kW SE-L Lux 35.5kWh 5dr Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£28,545.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
9.7 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
By Line

Mazda enters the full-EV market with this MX-30. Jonathan Crouch reckons it offers something a little different.

Ten Second Review

Mazda's first all-electric production vehicle, the MX-30, is predictably a Crossover. It's been conceived and created with the brand's well-renowned focus on distinctive styling, innovative technology, driver focused dynamics and class-leading interior quality.

Background

Think Mazda and you think of engine technology - maybe the brand's famous rotary units or, more recently, its famed SKYACTIV-X powerplant tech. But can the company bring anything different to a full-electric powertrain? Well it's time to see because here, we're looking at its introductory EV, the MX-30, with its Zero Emissions SKACTIV-e powerplant. The MX-30 is, says Mazda, the EV for people "who don't want to sacrifice driving pleasure" when choosing an electric car. Staying true to the 'Jinbai Ittai - car and driver as one' ethos - found across Mazda's combustion engine range, it's been engineered to drive more dynamically than any other car in its segment.

Driving Experience

Mazda has chosen to give this car a relatively small 35.5 kWh battery (the same size as the one in the tiny Honda e), so you shouldn't be expecting the kind of driving range you'd get in established EV compact models like the Renault ZOE. It's just 124 miles. Still, for the urban-based folk Mazda thinks will be most attracted by this model, that may not be too much of an issue. You'll be able to eke it out easily though because instead of all the power (140hp) arriving all-at-once (as it does in most rival EVs at this price point), Mazda has engineered the torque delivery to be more linear, which makes the car easier to adjust to for those from a combustion background. The Japanese maker provides steering wheel paddles to enable driver adjustment of the brake regeneration rate - everything from very light retardation when you release the throttle to so much retardation that the car virtually stops on its own every time you come off the accelerator. The car also offers an artificial sound to indicate either acceleration or deceleration. Handling should be taut, thanks to a very rigid body structure, made possible by a bracing ring placed around the low-placed Panasonic battery pack. And to Electric G-Vectoring Control Plus (e-GVC Plus), which enhances chassis performance by using motor torque to optimise the front-rear load shift for improved stability.

Design and Build

The dimensions here are virtually identical to Mazda's CX-30 compact Crossover but this MX-30's styling is a slightly different expression of the brand's usual so-called 'Kodo' design theme, here apparently "emphasising the car's beauty as a solid mass". You'll be intrigued by the 'freestyle doors' (some unkindly call them 'suicide doors') - seen previously on Mazda models like the RX-8 - which are hinged unconventionally; the front doors open forward to an angle of 82 degrees, while the rear doors open backwards to an angle of 80 degrees. Peer in and you'll note the open spaciousness of the cabin and what is quite a stylish and driver-focused interior. Inside, the sense of space is enhanced with a floating centre console that sits independently from the dashboard, while the use of environmentally-friendly materials has been carefully matched to meticulous quality and finish. Leather is replaced by a vegan alternative. The lower console incorporates a 7-inch colour touch-screen air conditioning control panel, and (in a nod to Mazda's founding as the Toyo Kogyo Cork Company in 1920), the Mazda MX-30 features cork lined centre console trays and inner side door handles. Harvested from the bark of trees without felling, the use of cork and door trim materials that incorporate fibres from recycled plastic bottles aim to be perfectly suited to the ethos behind Mazda's first pure electric production car. The boot is 366-litres in size - or 1,171-litres with the rear seats folded. You'll get a little less than that in each case if you specify the optional Bose audio system upgrade.

Market and Model

There are four trim levels on offer. Things kick off with the base 'SE-L Lux' variant, which costs £25,545 once the available £3,000 government grant has been subtracted from the initially mildly alarming £28,495 full asking price. Next up is 'First Edition' spec, then plusher 'Sport Lux' and 'GT Sport Tech' variants, with prices topping out (after deduction of that government grant) at just under the £30,000 mark. Available with a choice of free-of-charge 'Ceramic Metallic' or 'Polymetal Grey Metallic' single colours, the 'First Edition' can also be ordered with either £950 three-tone 'Ceramic Metallic' or £1,250 three-tone 'Soul Red Crystal Metallic'. The three-tone design further marks out the MX-30's unique styling with a brilliant black roof and metallic grey upper side panels to contrast the 'Soul Red Crystal' or 'Ceramic Metallic' main body colour. Inside, the 'First Edition' variant features light grey cloth and stone leatherette upholstery combined with orange seat stitching. Standard interior equipment includes a windscreen projecting head-up display, an 8-way electric adjustable drivers' seat, a colour 7-inch TFT dial display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and chrome trim accents. As you'd expect the MX-30 First Edition comes with the Mazda Connect centre-dash infotainment system, including navigation, plus 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring, while the technology tally also includes Mazda Radar Cruise control and a driver's knee airbag. The latest camera-driven safety elements also feature, including 'Smart Brake Support' autonomous braking and 'Intelligent Speed Assist', which can adapt your velocity according to posted speed limits.

Cost of Ownership

The quoted 124 mile driving range puts this Mazda at a disadvantage to quite a few of its similarly-priced rivals, cars like the Kia e-Niro, the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Renault ZOE. All of those models can go further on a single charge - but cost significantly more to buy. Customers ordering an MX-30 'First Edition' will qualify for a free wall box home charger, while the car is equipped with both a Type 2 mode 2 charge cable for 3-pin plug charging and a Type 2 mode 3 charge cable for AC charging via home or public charge points. Additionally, the DC socket allows for rapid charging up to 50Kw. In this charge mode a charging time of 30 to 40 minutes can deliver up to 80 per cent battery charge. We should also mention the warranty, the usual unremarkable three year / 60,000 mile package. If you want to extend that, you can do so via optional 'Essential', 'Elite' and 'Complete' plans. Included in the standard package is a three year paintwork warranty and 12 years of anti-perforation cover. In addition, there's a 'Mazda Accident Aftercare' scheme which sees the company liaise with your insurer after an accident, making sure that you have access to a courtesy car if you need one and ensuring that all repairs are carried out to full Mazda standards.

Summary

It'll be interesting to see if EV buyers in this segment agree that a relatively compact battery pack (which means a relatively compact range figure) is the way to go in this sector. Mazda, like Honda and MINI, thinks it is but if you disagree and want more driving range in a Mazda of this sort, the brand is currently working on a Wankel-powered REX MX-30 model to satisfy you. But that'll be a fair bit pricier - just as the competitor models in this class are that can go significantly further on a single charge, cars like the Renault ZOE and the Kia e-Niro. That may be extra range you don't really need. Plus neither of those cars are as good to drive or as well finished inside as an MX-30. So we can see the appeal here. You might too.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Electric front windows with one touch auto up/down
  • Rain sensing front wipers with adjustable speed and intermittent wipe
  • Rear wiper
BRAKES
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electric G-Vectoring control plus
  • Electronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
  • Front Smart Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Hill hold assist
  • Regenerative braking system
  • Smart Brake Support with Turn-Across Traffic
  • Traction control system (TCS)
COMMUNICATION
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • E-call with GPS
  • Integrated bluetooth
DRIVER AIDS
  • Adaptive cruise control (Mazda radar cruise control) features stop and go
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • PAS
  • Reversing camera
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Engine start/stop button
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 7" TFT Colour driver instrument panel display
  • 8.8" Colour centre touch screen display with Mazda Connect infotainment
  • Head up Display
  • Integrated Mazda navigation system
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Window projected colour active driving display (head up display) with traffic sign recognition
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Heated and auto power-folding door mirrors in black with integrated indicator lights
ENGINE
  • DC socket for rapid charging up to 50KW
  • Internal Combustion Engine Sound Emulator
  • Type 2 for mode 2 AC charging via 3-point plug
  • Type 2 for mode 3 AC charging via home or public charge points
ENTERTAINMENT
  • AM / FM / DAB radio with 8 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/bluetooth controls
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black front grille
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED rear combination lights with LED rear turn lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Climate control air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 7-inch colour touch-screen for climate control settings
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Folding rear centre armrest with two cup holders
  • Front and rear centre armrest
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel with telescopic and tilt adjustment
  • Paddle shifter
  • Tonneau cover
  • USB and 12V Outlet
SAFETY
  • 3 point ELR front seat belts x2 with pretensioners
  • 3 point ELR rear seat belts
  • Collision avoidance braking
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Front side airbags
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
SEATS
  • 60/40 split fold down rear seats
  • Driver seat manual slide, recline and height adjust
  • Front and rear (x3) head restraints
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Passenger seat manual height adjustment
SECURITY
  • Keyless Go
  • Remote central locking with deadlocking and automatic door lock when driving
  • Thatcham accredited alarm and immobiliser
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" Silver metallic alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Emergency tyre repair kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: N
  • CO2: 0
  • HC: 19E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Bore: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • CC: 1
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Engine Codes: N
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: N
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Stroke: N
  • Valve gear: N
  • EC: N
  • EC Combined: N
  • EC Extra Urban: N
  • EC Urban: N
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 908
  • Badge Power: 2.4
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: 35.5kWh
  • Coin Series: SE-L Lux
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 73
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 145
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 91
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 68
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 87
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 300
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 0-100
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 9.7
  • BHP: 145
  • Engine Power KW: 107
  • Engine Power RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 200
  • Engine Torque MKG: 27.6
  • Engine Torque NM: 271
  • Engine Torque RPM: 3200
  • PS: True
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1555
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4395
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 5.3
  • Wheelbase: 2655
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1795
  • Width (including mirrors): 2035
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 366
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2119
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1171
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1645
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 474
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£243.50
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,191.54 inc VAT
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Ex VAT
£202.92
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,826.28 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
28,545.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
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TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
An Arrangement Fee will be applied. Charges for excess mileage and/or damage may apply at the end of the contract.
Personal lease
£243.50
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£2,191.54
Business lease
£202.92
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£1,826.28
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£243.50
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,191.54 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£202.92
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,826.28 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
28,545.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£28,545.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
9.7 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£243.50
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,191.54 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£202.92
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,826.28 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

MAZDA Mx-30 Hatchback

107kW SE-L Lux 35.5kWh 5dr Auto

MAZDA MX-30 HATCHBACK *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£243.50
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,191.54 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£202.92
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,826.28 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC