Mazda MX-30 electric SUV: prices, specification and on-sale date
Full Mazda MX-30 range revealed; prices start at £25,545 after the plug-in grant
Prices and specifications for the new Mazda MX-30 electric SUV have been announced, ahead of the first deliveries for the UK in March 2021. The MX-30 – Mazda's first electric car – is available to order now, with prices starting at £25,545 including the plug-in car grant.
The car will be offered in four trim levels: SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport Tech and limited-run First Edition. The latter is available to pre-order now, with the rest of the range following after. We've already been behind the wheel of the MX-30; you can read our initial verdict here.
SE-L Lux is the entry point to the range, priced from £25,545. Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a revising camera and automatic headlights and wipers. Inside, there's a seven-inch driver's display, a head-up display and a seven-inch touchscreen for climate control, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard, operated on an 8.8-inch infotainment system that also includes sat nav and Bluetooth.
First Edition cars, priced from £27,495 after the grant, build on the SE-L Lux specification, but add a choice of exclusive three-tone paints, adaptive LED headlights, heated front seats with power adjustment for the driver, plus grey cloth and leatherette upholstery. Customers ordering an MX-30 First Edition will also qualify for a free home wallbox.
Sport Lux trim, priced from £27,545, gets unique 18-inch alloys, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment, keyless entry and a choice of further paint finishes. At the top of the range, the £29,845 GT Sport Tech adds the option of faux-leather upholstery at extra cost, but also gets a front wiperblade de-icer, a sunroof, heated steering wheel and 12-speaker Bose sound system.
Mazda MX-30 driver assistance and safety
All MX-30 models get a comprehensive list of on-board safety and driver- assistance features as standard. These include driver attention alert, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keeping and lane-departure assistance, plus radar cruise control.
Top-spec Sport Lux cars get a 360-degree parking camera, front cross-traffic alert and an extended suite of Mazda's Smart Brake Support system – a form of automatic emergency braking that can operate when it senses a potential collision from the sides, front or rear of the car.
Range, battery and performance
The Mazda features a 35.5kWh battery that gives a claimed range of around 124 miles. The maximum AC charging speed is given as 6.6kW, meaning a full top-up from a home wallbox should take around six hours. Additionally, the DC socket allows for rapid charging, with a top up to 80% capacity taking as little as 36 minutes. All MX-30s come with a Type 2 AC charging cable as standard.
Mazda confirmed in July 2020 that it had selected NewMotion as its preferred charging-point supplier for the MX-30. In addition to being recommended for the supply of home wallbox charging points, NewMotion will also give MX-30 owners access to its UK network of over 2,500 charging points, including over 1,000 rapid chargers. NewMotion also offers access to 155,000 charge points across 35 countries in Europe.
An 141bhp electric motor drives the front wheels, although Mazda hasn’t yet given full performance figures. We’d expect the MX-30 to hit 0-62mph in eight to 10 seconds and have a top speed in the region of 100mph.
Design and styling
The MX-30’s design is similar to that of Mazda’s other SUVs, following the language used on the latest CX-5. Mazda says the front face – with its minimalist grille – “bears a friendly expression”, with the look set to be adopted on the latest Mazda3 hatchback, too.
The MX-30 has rear-hinged rear doors, similar to those on the BMW i3. It’s thought that they make the rear seats more accessible, however one drawback is that rear passengers aren't able to get out without the front doors also being opened. The company claims the car's interior design gives occupants a sense of being "enveloped in openness", with materials chosen on the basis of "comfort and eco-friendliness".
The upper section of the car's interior door panel is trimmed in a reprocessed fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, while the 'Premium Vintage Leatherette' seat trim is made using water rather than organic solvents. It features a vintage leather texture printed onto an artificial leather base, then a silicone coating with a precisely controlled surface layer thickness applied. Mazda says this gives the material an appearance of depth and a pleasing tactile quality.
Mazda is keen to draw comparisons between the MX-30 and other MX-badged models from its history – both concepts and production cars. Mazda says that the "MX prefix is given to a car that takes on a challenge to create and deliver new values without being confined by convention, regardless of vehicle type.
Hybrid versions planned
Plug-in hybrid range-extender and hybrid versions of the MX-30 are also planned: the former will see the battery twinned with a rotary engine and a small fuel tank, while the latter will contain a much smaller battery and a larger fuel tank.
The Wankel rotary engine that will be used in the range-extender and hybrid versions of the MX-30 has something of a cult following, thanks to its radical approach to internal combustion. While most engines use pistons that move up and down, a rotary engine uses triangular-shaped pistons that rotate around a central shaft.
This produces a high power-to-weight ratio, and the compact nature of the engine makes it ideal for use in an electric vehicle, where packaging requirements can put space at a premium.
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