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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 MX-30's charging ability received a welcome boost in 2022, improving from 40kW to a 50kW capability. Previously, the all-electric small SUV could manage a charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 39 minutes, while the revised system means a 20 to 80 per cent top-up takes 26 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 2 per cent. In short, a small electric car is a great way to cut your tax bill. 

Insurance groups 

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. 

Depreciation

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 around 50 per cent of its value after a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. The petrol-powered Mazda CX-30 hangs on to between 57 and 59 per cent of its unsubsidised list price, which is similar to the Vauxhall Mokka-e.

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