The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Great for 2, but lacking in family space

Starting price: £27,145

Pros

Smart interior

Priced well within the class

Small battery = relatively quick to charge

Cons

Poor mileage range

The rear cabin space is very small

Rear windows do not open

Rear hinged doors are not practical

Intro

The MAZDA MX-30 is a fully electric vehicle with a small battery which is good for quickly charging but has a poor range of just 124 miles (less on a cold day). This car is not designed for those who clock up the daily or weekly mileage.  On a home charger the battery would take up to 5 hours to hit 100% (approx. 15 hours on a 3 pin) and around 40 minutes on a rapid charge.

The exterior design is quite futuristic and albeit that this is a small / medium SUV the rear is more like that of a coupe  – a bit squashed!

The drive itself was comfortable and we had a great view of the road ahead.  The steering was light and accurate, and we felt very at ease with this car.  Perfect for around town. Front and rear parking sensors are standard and if you upgrade to the GT Sport Trim then the 360 cameras are part of the kit.  Rear vision is really limited and if you do add child seats to the equation you are then fully reliant on the mirrors and sensors.

Generally electric cars have the advantage of hitting 0-60mph at quick speed and yet the MX-30 arrives at in 9.7 seconds with a top speed of 87mph.  Not a quick getaway for Thelma and Louise when leaving Tesco’s!

Interior

Standard entry is perfectly equipped and with a nicely designed cockpit.  Everything is designed to be at your fingertips.  Just above the gear change there is a 7 inch touchscreen for climate control and there is also an option to change the temperature with the buttons either side of this screen. One thing to note is that there are no air vents in the rear and the backseat windows do not open (not great for sickly children or even on a hot day). On the dashboard there is a responsive 8.8 inch infotainment screen.  Super easy to navigate with the rotary dial whilst keeping your eyes safely on the road.  Sat Nav and Apply Play / Android Auto are standard and if you choose the top end spec you can have mobile disco with a Bose 12 speaker sound system!  With the higher level First Edition the Mazda App allows you to set the cabin temperature so that when the car is being charged and ready to drive you will step right into the perfect temperature!

Seats & Passenger Space

The entry level seats come in a stitched cloth and there is plenty of functionality for finding the perfect seat and steering wheel position. We both found the front to be fairly spacious and comfortable. Lumbar support is available on the higher models along with the lovely heated seat button.

So, onto the rear and therein lies the problem!  The design is awkward and difficult to really gauge who the target audience is.  The rear hinged doors can only be opened if the front door is opened.  On a plus this is an inbuilt child lock, but generally it just makes getting children or adults in / out of the car a bit of a mission.  Dropping off a teenage son at football or a friend at her house, the driver would need to open their door too. The rear door opening is quite narrow and to put a baby in a rear facing car seat you would actually need to get into the car itself to do this.  2 standard children’s car seats take up most of the rear bench and there are only port hole style windows which make the space feel quite claustrophobic and do bear in mind the windows do not open.  We also realised that if you parked in a small space the driver would need to think about space for the backdoors to open.

On the rear of the driver’s seat there is a switch to assist with moving the seat forward or back when the rear passenger is trying to get out.  These buttons do not work when the driver is sat in their seat…. however, mischievous fingers can operate these buttons as soon as their unsuspecting parent has got out of the car!

Cups & Cubby

There is more thought into the spaces and cubby holes with recycled bottles used on the door trims to off cuts of cork used for the central cup holders / tray.  The cork we found prevented items from rolling off when driving. Just above here there were 2 USB ports and a 3 pin plug socket.  The door bins were adequate for a water bottle and a few bits and bobs whereas the door bins in the rear were really quite small.  There was a seat pocket on the lefthand side to hold an ipad / phone and also a smart armrest which pulled down to reveal 2 solid cupholders.

Boot Space

The boot size is on par with cars in the small category at 366 litres.  There is no hidden space underneath the floor to hide the charging cables.  We feel that all electric cars should incorporate a design to neatly store the plugin cable….especially if you have a four legged friend that likes to chew!  Although with the rear design of this car being slightly squashed then a large dog would not find this boot particularly roomy.

A pram or buggy slotted into the boot without any issue and the load lip was minimal.

Summary

Priced well with a smart interior, however, both the mileage range and rear seats/ door design make this model a difficult choice if you require a versatile family car

Car Seats used in this review : Joie Trillo (width 48cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4395 (L) x 1795 (W) x 1555 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

366 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

TBA

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

124 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60mph 9.7 secs