Mazda MX-30 review - Reliability and safety
Mazda has equipped the MX-30 with a range of safety systems, contributing to a top 5-star score from Euro NCAP
The Mazda MX-30 turned in a sparkling performance at the Euro NCAP crash tests, returning with a 5-star safety rating under the 2020 testing regime. Its results break down as 91% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection, 68% for vulnerable road user protection and 73% for safety assist.
Behind these strong scores are a range of passive and active safety systems, with these active aids grouped together under Mazda’s i-Activesense banner. All MX-30 models get Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to help when reversing out of a parking space or driveway, Emergency Lane-Keeping assist and Lane Departure Warning.
Further up the range, Mazda’s Smart Brake Support automatic emergency braking system is available as are adaptive headlights. We found the Active Brake support a little too eager to warn of impending collisions, picking up parked cars on the outside of bends, for example, but better to be safe than sorry.
As Mazda’s first electric car and a new model, there’s little to go-on in terms of the MX-30’s reliability but Mazda as a brand usually enjoys a strong showing in our Driver Power survey. Three Mazda cars ranked in our top 10 most reliable cars list from the 2020 survey and the brand itself finished as the fourth best manufacturer in Driver Power overall.
The battery in the MX-30 is covered by an 8-year or 100,000-mile warranty covering all repair or replacement costs caused by unexpected malfunction. The rest of the car gets Mazda’s standard 3-year/60,000-mile warranty which is one of the less generous in the industry.
The MX-30 calculates its own service intervals based on driving conditions but you can expect the electric car to need a check-up a little less regularly than a petrol or diesel car. Expect a first service after about 12 months or 12,500 miles.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe MX-30 is a stylish and unorthodox choice in the small electric car market. It’s fun to drive and decent value, but limited range will put some off
- 2Engines, performance and driveWell-judged steering and suspension with lively performance make the MX-30 one of the best small EVs for the driver.
- 3Range, charging & running costsThe 124-mile range is going to deter some, but it’ll be plenty for many of those considering a small electric car.
- 4Interior, design and technologySharp looks and unusual trim materials help the Mazda MX-30 stand out. Technology levels are high but some elements require acclimatisation.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe unusual rear door arrangement in the MX-30 adds little in the way of practicality and rear legroom is tight. At least there’s a large boot.
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingMazda has equipped the MX-30 with a range of safety systems, contributing to a top 5-star score from Euro NCAP