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Mazda MX-30

(2020 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

66
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

58
%
D

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

68
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

66
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

58
%
D

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

68
%
B

Summary


New to the market in 2020, the Mazda MX-30 is a medium-sized SUV/crossover and the brand’s first full battery-electric vehicle. Mazda has taken a different route to other EV manufacturers, arguing that lighter weight and a better driving experience can be as important as outright range. 

Th MX-30 is a stylish SUV with a coupé-like shape and novel rear-hinged back doors which mean it has no central door pillars. While this should make rear access easier, the rear is rather cramped compared to rivals. It’s also worth noting that that the rear door can’t be opened unless the front door is opened first.

Reviews of the MX-30 are generally average to good, with many highlighting that the smaller and lighter batteries mean lower energy use and a car that is more fun to drive. It’s also a comfortable ride for passengers.

The look of the car, outside and in, also earns praise, especially the dash layout which is uncluttered, easy to use and upholstered in environmentally-friendly materials.  

The most widespread criticism of the MX-30, however, is its battery range, which at 124 miles is modest compared to rivals. This is due mainly to the use of smaller batteries, which are less environmentally-damaging to produce and cost less.

The Mazda MX-30 currently holds a New Car Expert Rating of B with a score of 68% as of January 2024.

MX-30 highlights

  • Unconventional approach to design and engineering
  • Smaller battery pack is lighter for a better drive
  • Uncluttered and easy-to-use controls
  • Rear-hinged doors are endlessly amusing to kids

MX-30 lowlights

  • Smaller battery pack means range is seriously limited
  • Rear-hinged doors can’t be opened unless front doors are open
  • Rear seats are cramped for adults
  • Performance not as sharp as some rivals

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £30,050 on-road

Launched: Spring 2021
Last updated: Summer 2022
Update due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2020
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 68%
Safety assist: 73%

Notes on safety

The Mazda MX-30 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2020 and scored a five-star rating. In both side-impact tests it scored maximum points, and testers praised the standard-fit centre airbag that helps to prevent occupants from bouncing into each other in an accident.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Mazda MX-30 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the MX-30 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mazda MX-30 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the MX-30, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models84 milesC0 – 124 milesC – E
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.2 m/KWhE3 – 4.1 m/KWhC – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models40C19 – 50A – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£123A
Year 2£345A
Year 3£550A
Year 4£725A
Year 5£1,009A
Overall£2,752A

The Mazda MX-30 is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

While it’s electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is poor, insurance premiums shouldn’t throw up any surprises. The even better news is that scheduled servicing costs for the MX-30 are excellent.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mazda MX-30 has received

2021

  • DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50 – Best Electric Compact SUV
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Electric Car Under £35k

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If you’re looking at the Mazda MX-30, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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