Mazda Mx-30 variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £13,999. Borrowing £11,199 with a £2,800 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£184.79
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£18,574.88
Cost of credit
£4,575.88
Optional final payment
£6,905.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Mazda MX-30 buying guide

What Mazda MX-30 trim levels are there?

The Mazda MX-30 lineup starts at SE-L Lux (now called Prime-Line), which is absolutely full of equipment. There are 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights with high-beam assist, a reversing camera and sensors at each end, radar-guided cruise control, sat nav, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance, plus much more.

Step up to the Sport Lux or Exclusive-Line trims and you get tinted rear windows, heated front seats (with electric adjustment for the driver), keyless entry and part-leatherette seats. The wheels also get a shiny finish.

Top-spec GT Sport Tech (or Makoto, depending on the age of the car) also gets a Bose sound system, a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive headlights and a heated steering wheel to keep your hands toasty.

Mazda MX-30 interior and technology

The MX-30 continues to feel different inside compared to other electric cars. For one thing, the infotainment screen (or the Multimedia Commander in Mazda-ese) isn’t a touchscreen – instead, you use the dial and buttons ahead of the gear lever. But, in a break from tradition for the Japanese brand, you do have a touchscreen for some of the climate control functions. You should be able to rest your wrist on the centre console to operate it, though.

Elsewhere, there are tactile buttons on the steering wheel and a semi-digital instrument cluster. As is the case with other Mazdas, the materials used are pretty good for a mainstream manufacturer, almost being on a par with premium brands. You’ll spot the cork-lined storage area on the centre console, which is to celebrate the fact that Mazda’s history began as a cork-making company.

Like the BMW i3, the rear doors are much smaller than the fronts, and they open backwards. Space in the rear seats is at a bit of a premium, and the snug feeling is heightened by the small, non-opening rear windows, the sloping roofline and the dark headliner.

Mazda MX-30 engine range explained

(Most popular) Mazda MX-30 35.5kWh electric

Mazda deliberately fitted a small battery to the MX-30, citing the lower production cost and lighter weight – and the better efficiency and handling that comes with reducing weight. The carmaker says that barely any of the MX-30’s target market drive more than 60 miles a day but, even so, the MX-30’s 124-mile range is just about enough. It means it’s more comparable to city cars like the Honda e and Mini Electric than cars like the Hyundai Kona Electric and Vauxhall Mokka Electric.

The MX-30 has a 145hp electric motor, so performance is fine but you don’t get the surge of acceleration that many other EVs offer. Zero-to-62mph is dealt with in under 10 seconds.

Mazda MX-30 R-EV range-extender hybrid

In early 2023, Mazda announced the MX-30 R-EV, which features an unusual rotary petrol engine not unlike what’s under the bonnet of Mazda’s RX-7 and RX-8 sports cars. Here, though, the engine is used to keep the battery charged up, with the electric motor providing the power to the wheels. Mazda promises a 53-mile electric range and a circa-400-mile range from the powertrain when the fuel tank and battery are both full.

FAQs

The Mazda MX-30 has been on sale since 2020, and only comes in one sort-of-hatchback sort-of-SUV body style. It’s not too expensive for an EV, and could be a great choice for a second car or if you don’t often drive long distances.

The MX-30 is 4.4m long and 1.8m wide (with the mirrors folded), which is exactly the same size as the Mazda CX-30 and a bit shorter than the Mazda 3. Arguably, those cars make more of the space, with the MX-30 feeling a little cosy inside. Its 350-litre boot should be fine for most daily uses – it’s the same size as the boot you get in the Hyundai Kona and Fiat 500X.

The purely electric Mazda MX-30 is the best choice for now, as it has become available on the used car market and, for certain customers, offers plenty of reasons to buy one.

The MX-30 won't suit every lifestyle but, if you don't really do long journeys and don't often carry adults in the rear seats, the MX-30 should suit your requirements. It's fun to drive, has a great interior and looks like nothing else on the road. Whether you think of it as a good car will come down to whether you can live with its range and interior space.

Mazda didn't fit a large battery to the MX-30 – it's a relatively small 35.5kWh battery, which keeps the car light but also limits its maximum range. The MX-30 offers up to 124 miles of range in good conditions which will be plenty for short or medium-length commutes.