The All-Electric Mazda MX-30
Mazda has taken a leap into the EV market with the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, The Mazda MX-30. An all-electric SUV made for modern life, prices for the MX-30 start from £26,045.00 (inc. Plug-in Vehicle Grant). This is sightly cheaper than its key rival, the Hyundai Kona Electric. But how do these two electric cars compare in terms of range, design and key features? Read on to find out more about the Mazda MX-30.
Range & Performance
The new Mazda MX-30 offers a smooth and comfortable drive whilst emitting 0 g/km CO2 emissions. Also, it has a combined range of up to 124 miles based on WLTP test cycle. This is disappointing compared to the range of the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro. That said, the Mazda's range will fulfill the daily driving journeys of most drivers. Also, there’s no need to worry if it runs low on charge as this fantastic EV can also reach 20% - 80% charge in only 36 minutes when using a DC fast charging station. Standard charging for the Mazda MX-30 (0-100%) takes 5 hours using the 7.2 kW charger which is good for overnight charging at home. This is over 4 hours quicker than the Electric Kona. Performance wise, it’s reported the Mazda MX-30 can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9.7 seconds and has a top speed of 87 mph. Although this isn't the quickest electric SUV, it's still reasonable.
Thousands of charging points are located across the UK so visit www.zap-map.com to find your nearest station. This fantastic app helps EV driver to locate and navigate to available charging stations. Plus, there’s a useful EV route planner so you can plan suitable charge stops for your journey before setting off.
Design & Features
The new Mazda MX-30 is beautifully designed, with freestyle doors, 18” Alloy wheels and LED headlights, making it a stylish and sleek electric car. As for the interior, the Mazda MX-30 is tasteful, yet minimalistic, with high quality materials used throughout. In particular, we like the floating centre console, which gives the MX-30 a modern, elegant look, as well as additional storage space below and an integrated power socket. Also, this electric car has a 8.8-inch centre display screen and features the latest Mazda Connect system. Furthermore, the seat space is reported to be well designed to offer optimum comfort for both the front and rear passengers, along with the driver.
As for safety, the Mazda MX-30 has been designed to offer supreme levels of safety and reliability. During stringent 2020 testing, this electric car received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. With an excellent range of advanced safety features, we’re just going to highlight some of the main ones. In particular, the advanced i-Activsense safety features help to prevent collisions and raise awareness of hazards. As standard, this includes Traffic Sign Recognition, Smart Brake Support with Turn-Across Traffic and Blind Spot Assist, just to mention a few. This gives you peace of mind that you can enjoy a safe journey in this electric SUV.
Another point to consider is the specification you desire. There are three other specs as well as the First Edition. As an entry-level trim, the SE-L Lux is minimalistic, yet stylish with advanced i-Activsense features. The 18” alloy wheels makes the MX-30 look sportier, while the LED headlights are elegant with a bright white light. Prices for this trim level start from £26,045. This is around £2,000 less than the entry-level Hyundai Kona Electric. As a mid-range trim, the Mazda MX-30 Sport Lux offers some extra features such as heated front seats and is priced from £28,045. Although, in reality, it seems there isn’t too much difference between these two trim levels. The range-topper GT Sport Tech trim isn’t much more expensive with prices starting from £30,345. This comes with extra safety technologies, as well as a 12-speaker Bose surround sound system. All these prices include the Government Plug-In Vehicle Grant.
The launch model for Mazda MX-30 is the First Edition, however this is a limited run option. Prices for the First Edition start from £27,995.00 (inc. Plug-in Vehicle Grant). In addition, to give you peace of mind, the Mazda MX-30 has an 8 year/100,000 miles battery warranty, whichever comes first. If you would prefer a more upmarket electric SUV, then you might want to consider the Jaguar I-Pace or the Mercedes-Benz EQA, but pricing will be much higher.
One of the main appeals of the Mazda MX-30 is its attractive pricing for an electric car, while also appealing to the demand for SUVs. However, it does face strong competition in this segment. So, what do you think of the new Mazda MX-30? If you have any questions about leasing an electric car, call us on 0161 667 5338 to speak to one of our friendly leasing consultants. Alternatively, click here to read our full review of the Hyundai Kona Electric.