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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 five-star safety rating under the 2020 testing regime. Its results break down as 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 68 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 73 per cent 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.

There’s little to go-on in terms of the MX-30’s longer-term reliability, but Mazda as a brand usually enjoys a strong showing in our Driver Power survey. The CX-5 SUV finished in 3rd spot on a 75-car list, while Mazda itself placed 4th out of 29 manufacturers.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

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