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Mazda updates MX-30 for 2022

Mazda has tweaked its all-electric MX-30 SUV range for the 2022 model year, featuring DC charging upgrades and new colour scheme choices

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The compact Mazda MX-30 SUV has had a minor update for the 2022 model year – the main highlight being enhanced charging performance.

New 2022 models of all-electric MX-30, which has been on sale since early 2021, have an improved charging system that can now accept a 50kW DC charge, a modest improvement on the previous maximum of 40kW. By comparison, the similarly priced Hyundai Kona Electric and the class-leading Kia e-Niro can charge at a faster rate, both accepting a 77kW DC charge.

With this charging upgrade, Mazda says that the MX-30 can charge from 20% to 80% battery in 26 minutes. The powertrain remains the same – a 35kWh battery that works in tandem with an electric motor to produce 145hp and an official battery range of 124 miles.

Mazda has also tweaked the engine soundtrack that the driver hears in the cabin so that they can better recognise how much throttle power they are producing when they press the accelerator pedal.

There are no exterior styling changes to note, but the 2022 Mazda MX-30 is available with a few new interior and exterior colour schemes, depending on the trim level you choose.

Key trim level features

Entry-level ‘Prime-Line’ (£28,550)

  • LED headlights
  • Nine-inch infotainment screen with Mazda’s navigation software and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Parking camera
  • Head-up display behind the steering wheel
  • Five single-tone exterior paint schemes

Mid-range ‘Exclusive-Line’ (£30,450)

  • All features in the ‘Prime-Line’ trim that have not been replaced
  • Leather interior accents
  • Electrically adjustable seats that are heated
  • Keyless entry
  • Three-tone exterior paint schemes

Top-spec ‘Makoto’ (£34,350)

  • All features in the ‘Prime-Line’ and ‘Exclusive-Line’ trims that have not been replaced
  • Upgraded speaker system
  • Heated steering wheel with brake regeneration paddles
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Electric sunroof

The Mazda MX-30 has received generally average to good review scores so far, highlighted for its smart interior and exterior design. The compact SUV has also received widespread criticism for its electric battery range which is quite modest compared to rivals, although some comment that the MX-30’s smaller battery means lower energy use, and means that the car is fun to drive. It currently holds an Expert Rating of 61%.

The 2022 MX-30 range is now on sale in the UK, with prices starting from £28,550.

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Sean Rees
Sean Rees
Sean is the Deputy Editor at The Car Expert. A enthusiastic fan of motorsport and all things automotive, he is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association, and is now focused on helping those in car-buying need with independent and impartial advice.