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Mazda MX-30 R-EV

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

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Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

61
%
C

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

61
%
C

Summary


The Mazda MX-30 R-EV is a plug-in hybrid crossover which is a sister car to the purely electric MX-30.

The MX-30 R-EV (the ‘R’ stands for ‘range extender’) was designed to address the underwhelming battery range of the original MX-30 – only 124 miles, and that’s the official UK/EU lab test figure. In the real world, you’re looking at less than 100 miles most of the time.

Despite Mazda’s protestations that most people don’t really need huge batteries and long driving ranges, neither media reviewers nor paying customers were impressed. So Mazda has come up with the R-EV version, which uses a petrol engine to charge the (now even smaller) battery and provide a total driving range of up to 400 miles.

Being Mazda, though, it’s not just any old petrol engine. The company uses a rotary engine, which is smaller than a regular engine but highly efficient. It also harks back to the company’s famous rotary-engines sports cars like the RX-7 and RX-8.

Despite the presence of the petrol engine, the MX-30 R-EV is technically still an electric vehicle, since only the electric motor is used to drive the wheels. The petrol engine is purely a generator to charge the battery. However, to all intents and purposes, it’s a plug-in hybrid.

“The R-EV version is far more usable than its EV counterpart”, says What Car?’s Lawrence Cheung. “The petrol engine allows you to venture beyond town and city life without worrying about plugging in.”

Tom Barnard of Electrifying.com adds that this range-extender variant, while being more expensive, is still “decent value”, but adds that the car “has woeful efficiency when running on battery or petrol power.”

Eliis Hyde of Auto Express also points out that while the R-EV does alleviate issues with the MX-30’s range, the R-EV still has the same practicality flaws inside, including an “incredibly gloomy rear cabin.”

As of January 2024, the Mazda MX-30 R-EV holds a New Car Expert Rating of B with a score of 68%.

MX-30 R-EV highlights

  • Range-extender engine removes any range anxiety
  • Looks sporty for an SUV
  • Build quality
  • Versatile options for charging and using electric power

MX-30 R-EV lowlights

  • Cramped rear space
  • Rear doors can’t be opened without fronts
  • Adding engine cuts electric-only range in half
  • Average battery and fuel efficiency

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines:
plug-in hybrid
Price:
From £34,750 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2023
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2020
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Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 68%
Safety assist: 73%

Notes on safety

The Mazda MX-30 R-EV shares its Euro NCAP safety rating with the electric MX-30 that was tested 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 R-EV has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

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

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the MX-30 R-EV, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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No data yet

As of January 2024, we don’t have independently verified data available for the Mazda MX-30 R-EV. Check back again soon.

Awards


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

2024

  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid

2023

  • Top Gear Awards – Innovation Award

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The Mazda MX-30 R-EV is a plug-in hybrid that is certainly more usable than its EV twin, but it comes with the same practicality issues.Mazda MX-30 R-EV