New Mazda MX-30 electric SUV: full prices and specs released

The firm’s first electric car, the Mazda MX-30 SUV, starts from £25,545

  • Price of First Edition model includes free wallbox charger
  • Limited to 500 cars
  • Arrives early next year

The Mazda MX-30 will cost from £25,545 after the £3,000 plug-in car grant (PiCG), while the high-spec First Edition (limited to 500 cars) starts at £27,495. The MX-30 is Mazda’s first electric car and isn’t too expensive compared to other EVs. Available to pre-order now, first deliveries of the MX-30 will take place in March 2021.

2020 Mazda MX-30 prices and specifications

The range opens with SE-L Lux, which gets LED headlights, a reversing camera, auto lights and wipers, radar-guided cruise control and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, this model gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen with sat nav and smartphone mirroring, plus a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist. First Edition adds adaptive headlights, heated front seats, a powered driver’s seat and extra chrome touches.

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Sport Lux costs £50 more than the initial First Edition models. It gets most of that car’s features but misses out on the upgraded headlights and gains keyless entry instead. Top-spec GT Sport Tech starts from £29,845 after the grant, and gets a powered sunroof, a heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, extra safety features and a front wiper de-icer.

The interior is simple and pared-back like the one in the Mazda3 hatchback, but there’s a crisp seven-inch touchscreen on the lower centre console that controls the heating and air con functions. You also get cork-lined storage areas, in a reference to Mazda’s origins as the Toyo Kogyo Cork Company. We’re told the bark is from naturally fallen trees, and the door trims are made from recycled plastic bottles.

On the outside, the car is very distinctive. There are exaggerated black wheel arches like on the Mazda CX-30, plus a grey sloping roof and sharp front and rear ends. First Edition cars ride on 18-inch alloy wheels.

The new model is being showcased as a pure-electric model. According to Mazda, the underpinnings of the MX-30 can be adapted to run a conventional powertrain, with room for a rotary petrol engine alongside the electric motor and battery pack.

The electric version is powered by a 35.5kWh battery pack with a claimed driving range of around 125 miles. Fast-charging at up to 50kW means the battery can be topped up in just over half an hour. The same battery pack can be retained in a plug-in hybrid model that would get a rotary petrol engine with a fuel tank and the same fast charging capability.

The MX-30’s electric powertrain produces 143bhp and gets the car from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds before topping out at 87mph. While the performance isn’t particularly special, the car’s agile handling lives up to the ‘MX’ badge normally reserved for the Mazda MX-5.

While it may feature less range than some of its closest rivals, Mazda claims the MX-30 is targeted at buyers who drive under 60 miles a day. The smaller battery size has also meant Mazda can keep the price of the car down. The top-spec First Edition is a mere £2,000 more than the entry-level MG ZS EV and is almost £10,000 cheaper than the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.

Interested in knowing more about Mazda’s current line-up? Why not explore reviews of the rest of the Mazda range.

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