Mazda MX-30 review - Range, charging & running costs
The 124-mile range is going to deter some, but it’ll be plenty for many of those considering a small electric car.
Mazda provides a pair of Type 2 charging cables as standard, one for charging from a domestic 3-pin plug socket and a second for use with public and wallbox chargers. The battery can charge from a DC rapid charger at a maximum of 40kW and that should see it charge from 10% to 80% in 39 minutes.
At home, the MX-30 can charge at a maximum of 6.6kW from an AC wallbox, so a 0-100% charge will be a 5h 30min job. Charge from a domestic socket and you’re looking at 15h 30mins to get a full charge. You’ll find the Mazda’s charging flap to the rear on the driver’s side.
The MyMazda app working with Mazda’s Connected Services system lets you remotely keep track of the car’s status and battery charge level while also controlling certain functions. You can adjust climate control settings, check tyre pressures and schedule charging, but unlike some similar apps it does not update in real time so you have to refresh and wait for the app to link up with the car to receive the data.
A great advantage of running an all-electric car is that there’s no road tax to pay, while the Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company car tax rate is just 1% for 2021/22 and 2% for the year after that. In short, a small electric car is a great way to cut your tax bill.
All the MX-30 models sit in insurance group 19, at a similar level to the more powerful versions of the CX-30. This should make the car relatively inexpensive to insure compared to similar electric cars. The Vauxhall Mokka-e is spread over groups 21 to 23 while the Kia Soul EV is in group 34 and Honda’s e city car is in groups 25 to 29.
Electric cars have started to find their feet on the used car market in recent times and, as adoption gathers pace, demand for used models should keep residual values firm - even with the plug-in car grant accounted for.
The MX-30 is expected to retain between 46 and 47 per cent of its value after 3-years and 36,000 miles, with the lower-spec cars faring fractionally better than those at the top of the trim level range. The petrol-powered Mazda CX-30 hangs on to between 51 and 55 per cent of its unsubsidised list price, while the Vauxhall Mokka-e is around 47 per cent across the range.
In this review
- 1Mazda MX-30 reviewThe 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 costs - currently readingThe 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 safetyMazda has equipped the MX-30 with a range of safety systems, contributing to a top 5-star score from Euro NCAP