Mazda MX-30 vs Kia Soul EV: verdict and specifications
The Mazda MX-30 is desirable, but the Kia Soul EV is a much more sensible choice overall
As can so often be the case with electric cars, our recommendation is based largely on range and the flexibility that comes with having more of it. Both on paper and in our cold-weather real-world testing, the Kia offered more driving miles per charge than the Mazda.
That's not to say the MX-30 should be discounted, however – there are benefits to a smaller battery, including savings on weight, charging time and environmental impact. If you can live with less range, don't need as much space for passengers and simply love the way the Mazda looks (as we do), it's still a great choice.
1st: Kia Soul EV
The Kia has a bigger battery and therefore a longer range than its Mazda rival. It also boasts faster charging, superior efficiency and a more comprehensive warranty. It costs more to buy like-for-like, but is hard not to recommend – especially if you need a small family SUV rather than an urban runabout. It's not as stylish, nor as much fun to drive, as the Mazda, but you're unlikely to be disappointed with the Soul EV.
2nd: Mazda MX-30
The Mazda's small battery holds it back in this company – rather than a fully fledged family SUV, it's best considered as a shorter-distance runabout. This will suit plenty of buyers, however – especially those with good access to chargers at either end of their typical journeys. It looks fantastic, drives sweetly and has a very slick interior – but the Soul EV is the more flexible car.
|Kia Soul EV First Edition||Mazda MX-30 GT Sport Tech|
|Engine||Single electric motor||Single electric motor|
|Transmission||Single-speed automatic||Single-speed automatic|
|Battery capacity (total / usable)||67.1 / 64kWh||35.5 / 30kWh|
|Power / torque||201bhp / 395Nm||143bhp / 271Nm|
|0-62mph||7.6 seconds||9.7 seconds|
|100% charge cost at 14p/kWh||£8.96||£4.20|
|Charge time (wallbox / rapid)||9hrs 35mins (7.2kW) / 54mins (100kW)||5hrs (6.6kW) / 36mins (50kW)|
|Official electric range||280 miles||124 miles|
|On-test electric range||250 miles||96 miles|
|Road tax / BiK rate||£0 / 0%||£0 / 0%|
|Length / width / height / wheelbase||4,195 / 1,800 / 1,605 / 2,600 mm||4,395 / 1,795 / 1,555 / 2,655 mm|
|Boot capacity (seats up/down)||315 / 1,339 litres||341 / 1,146 litres|
In This Review
- 1IntroThe Mazda MX-30 is one of the most stylish electric cars on sale – but is it a better bet than the family-focused Kia Soul EV?
- 2Range & chargingKia has the edge when it comes to range and charging; the Mazda is more akin to smaller electric city cars here
- 3Performance & handlingMazda's knack for making fun-to-drive cars continues with the MX-30, but the Kia Soul EV is faster
- 4Space & practicalityThe Kia is the more practical choice, despite being down on boot space compared to the Mazda
- 5Interior & infotainmentThe MX-30 has the nicer interior here, but Kia's infotainment system is better to use
- 6Running costs & warrantyNeither model will be an issue for company-car users, but the Kia takes the prize for efficiency
- 7Safety & reliabilityBoth manufacturers have a good reputation for reliability and safety, so we've no worries here
- 8Verdict and specifications - currently readingThe Mazda MX-30 is desirable, but the Kia Soul EV is a much more sensible choice overall