All-electric Mazda MX-30 prices, specifications and performance

Electric cars and crossovers are hugely popular, so Mazda has combined the two with its first foray into the electric car world - the MX-30

James Wilson
Aug 19, 2020

This is the Mazda MX-30, the first fully-electric car from the Japanese manufacturer. It's also a brand-new crossover, further expanding Mazda's offering of high and practical family cars. UK deliveries are expected to start in early 2021 with prices as yet unconfirmed, while Mazda claims electric range will be 124 miles on a full battery. A 0-80% charge will supposedly be possible in as little as 30 minutes. 

In the sea of carmakers inlcuding big fish such as Nissan, Ford and Volkswagen, Mazda is a rather small fish in comparison. Granted it makes one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, the MX-5, but generally speaking it is very much David in the David and Goliath scenario, especially in terms of crossovers.

This is one reason why it has taken the car company a while to come up with an electric model, but with its 'MX' name, which harks back to the MX-5, it's possible that this is a car that Mazda hopes will appeal because of its desirability and fun-to-drive nature, rather than simply because of practical factors, such as its range.

With bulky battery packs being one of the key elements adding to the cost of electric cars - which typically cost more than petrol and diesel equivalents - it seems likely that the MX-30 will undercut the Kona Electric and e-Niro, as these both feature 64kWh batteries, compared with lower-capacity 35.5kWh versions for the Mazda. We'll report back as soon as official prices are announced.

Quick facts

  • New all-electric crossover
  • 124 miles of claimed range
  • Total battery capacity of 35.5kWh
  • 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes
  • Battery warranty of 8 years/100,000 miles
  • UK deliveries expected early in 2021

Mazda has responded to global demand for lower-emission vehicles with the MX-30 crossover. In a market awash with generic-looking vehicles the MX-30 is a car that manages to stand out - rear-hinged doors and a centre console festooned with cork will do that for you.

This isn’t an accident either – hybrid and electric cars are being launched all the time, so the MX-30 will have to compete against some stiff competition if it is to sell well. The Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro, DS 3 E-Tense and Volvo XC40 Recharge are but four highly accomplished rivals.

Mazda MX-30 models and trims

Mazda has announced an initial run of 500 First Edition models which will showcase the best this model will have to offer, with dual seven-inch touchscreens, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, sat-nav and a heated steering wheel.

The rest of the range is yet to be confirmed, but if the current selection of Mazda models is anything to go by, it will be offered in SE-L, Sport and GT Sport trim. That said, some manufacturers use unique trim names for their all-electric cars, which Mazda may well do.

As for standard equipment, Mazda is again yet to confirm any details, however, it is worth considering electric cars often come very well equipped so don’t expect the MX-30 to be sparse by any means. Expect equipment such as sat-nav, a slick touchscreen media system, Bluetooth and other sophisticated kit to are likely to be transferred into the rest of the MX-30 range.

Mazda MX-30 prices and delivery dates

The Mazda MX-30 is now available for pre-order, with deliveries set to begin in early 2021. This is a long lead-time for a new car, but consider that models already on sale, such as the Hyundai Kona Electric have a long waiting list, and it doesn't seem that out of the ordinary for a plug-in model.

As it stands, the MX-30 is only available in a First Edition spec limited to just 500 units in the UK. Prices for this opening model start from £26,995 if you make the most of the government's plug-in car grant and these initial sales include a free wall box charger for your home.

That puts Mazda's first electric car at a far more affordable price point the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric or DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, but both of these offer substantially higher range - 278 miles and around 200 miles respectively.

Mazda MX-30 range, charging and performance

Under 'WLTP' testing - the most up to date and most realistic car economy/range testing procedure - the MX-30 is claimed to be capable of up to 124 miles per charge. Like all fully-electric cars, the type of driving undertaken and external conditions - such as the temperature - will influence how close to this figure drivers will get. Read our guide to how to maximise electric car range for a better understanding of the factors that affect how far you can travel per charge.

A 124-mile range appears pretty short compared with other electric models currently on sale; the Kia e-Niro crossover is relatively affordable and has a claimed range figure of 282 miles - more than twice that of the MX-30, with the Hyundai Kona Electric offering 279 miles.

Check out the electric cars with the longest range here and read our guide to how to maximise your electric car range to work out whether a 124-mile official range is sufficient for you.

How long the Mazda MX-30 takes to charge will depend on the kind of charger you are using – the CX-30 comes with Type 2 and CCS (combined charging system) charging ports, so is compatible with most charging stations in the UK.

Starting with the headline figures, charging from zero to 80% using a 50kW charger - this is the type of commercial charger commonly found at service stations, which you need to pay to use - is claimed to take 30 to 40 minutes.

As for using a slowr 22kW charger - a type which is again predominantly found in commercial locations - motorists can charge from empty to full in four and a half hours. If your only option is a good old fashion three-pin UK domestic plug, then a full charge will take around 14 hours and 20 minutes.

The total capacity of the lithium-ion battery pack is 35.5kWh, which is similar in size to the batteries used in the VW e-Golf and Hyundai Ioniq Electric. A battery this size means a full charge at home - assuming a typical price of electricity of 13.8p per kWh - will currently set motorists back £4.90. Check out how this compares with other models in our roundup of electric car charging costs.

For those worried about how long a battery will last, Mazda is providing an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty. The company is yet to confirm whether this warranty includes a maximum amount of capacity loss, though. Some other manufacturers, for instance, will fix or replace the batteries in your car if they lose more than 30% of their total capacity during the warranty period.

In terms of performance, Mazda has developed its e-Skyactiv electric powertrain to produce 145hp, which is enough to accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds. Not exactly what you'd call mind blowing performance, even for a crossover, but it equals the least powerful Hyundai Kona Electric.

Mazda MX-30 rivals and alternatives

When it comes to rivals, the MX-30 has quite a few – and that doesn’t count the numerous others which are due to be released between now and its 2021 expected delivery date. Even now though, there is a wide variety in the capabilities of those available, so how Mazda prices the CX-30 in relation to its competitors will be massively important.

Though it's not the most popular car brand in the UK, MG does have an electric SUV for sale - called the MG ZS EV - and on paper, it looks very similar to the MX-30. Its range is 163 miles and charging from zero to 80% using a 50kW electricity supply takes around 40 minutes. Prices for the MG ZS EV sit around £25,000 after the UK Government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant is applied, making it one of the very cheapest electric crossovers available.

Coming in above the Mazda and MG in terms of range is the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, which promises around 200 miles of all-electric driving. Similar to the MX-30, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense offers buyers something a little different to the mainstream in terms of styling and interior. Prices for E-Tense models come in around £30,000 after the UK Government’s plug-in car grant.

While the Hyundai Kona and Kia e-Niro aren’t quite as visually stimulating as the Mazda MX-30, both represent reasonable value and boast impressive range. Provided you opt for a Kona with the bigger 64kWh battery pack, claimed range comes in at 279 miles, which is only just down on the Kia e-Niro’s range of 282 miles. Taking into account the plug-in car grant, prices for both sit around the mid-£30,000s.

Mazda MX-30 design

For the MX-30’s interior, Mazda has ripped up the rule book, gathered all the pieces and recycled them to create a cabin which looks distinct, modern and somehow environmentally friendly.

This is largely down to the material choice, with the inclusion of a vegan-friendly leather alternative and a centre console featuring “environmentally sourced” cork, for a flash of colour and texture.

First Edition models available at the MX-30 launch will feature a head-up display, an electrically adjustable drivers' seat and a leather steering wheel. There's also a seven-inch digital instrument display situated behind the steering wheel, alongside a second seven-inch touchscreen display for navigation and smartphone integration with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

A third screen, also touch controlled, is positioned lower on the dashboard serves as the control panel for the MX-30's air-conditioning and seat heating functions.

Taking centre stage for the MX-30’s exterior are its rear-hinged doors. Also, thanks to a lack of visible rear door handles and slanting rear windows, the Mazda MX-30 has a whiff of a sporty coupe about it. In line with current market trends demanding SUVs, the MX-30 features plastic cladding around its wheel arches for an off-road look.

Dimensions for the MX-30 come in at 4,395mm long, 1,795mm wide and 1,570mm high. This makes it slightly larger than the conventional Mazda CX-3, and a similar size (externally) to most of the rivals mentioned above.

Mazda MX-30 technology

Nitty-gritty details of the MX-30’s technology will be disclosed nearer its launch time, but to tide interested parties over until then Mazda has revealed a number of interesting pieces of equipment. For starters, Mazda’s engineers have supposedly designed the CX-30 to make an electronic noise which will aid drivers’ perception of power and speed. Whether this sounds any different to electric cars already on sale will remain to be seen.

Also, Mazda intends to include its 'G-Vectoring' technology with the new CX-30. This system works by analysing a car’s steering input and accelerator position to help make cornering smoother.

Furthermore, inside the cabin Mazda will offer three screens. This includes two central units (for information, media and ventilation controls) and a digital display in front of the driver, which shows key information such as vehicle speed.

Mazda MX-30 review

Mazda is yet to let journalists try a production-ready MX-30 but there are a number of key areas that will be crucial to the success of the car when it does. For starters, how useable will the MX-30 be for people with kids thanks to its funky rear-hinged doors and alternative - hopefully wipeable - material choices.

Furthermore, on-road performance, equipment levels and prices are going to play a huge role in establishing how good a purchase this electrified Mazda will be.

 

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