Mazda MX-30 running costs
Like all electric cars, the MX-30 should be cheap to run – but there are still a few unknowns at time of writing
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|19||3yrs / 60,000 miles||TBC||From £57 / £114|
No road tax, fewer moving parts to go wrong and much-reduced 'fuelling' costs – there's a lot to like about electric cars from a running-costs perspective and the MX-30 delivers where others do, too. It's worth keeping an eye on insurance costs, but servicing should be reasonable.
It's good news for those considering the MX-30 as their next company car, too, with Mazda's first electric car attracting a 1% Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax rate charge in the 2021/22 financial year – so for the entry-level MX-30 SE-L you only have to pay £57 as a 20% taxpayer, or £144 if you're in the higher 40% bracket. However, it's worth noting that BiK for electric cars goes up to 2% in 2022/23.
Mazda MX-30 insurance group
All versions of the MX-30 sit in insurance group 19. While that is high for a small SUV, with only the powerful versions of the Mazda CX-30 the same insurance rating, the MX-30 does sit in a lower group than many of its rivals, like the Vauxhall Mokka-e sits in groups 21 to 23 while the Hyundai Kona Electric lands in insurance groups 26 to 27.
The MX-30's battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, which covers all battery repairs or replacements if a malfunction occurs. The rest of the vehicle is subject to the same warranty as the rest of the Mazda range, so three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Exact servicing details for the Mazda MX-30 aren't available yet, but we expect it'll be subject to slightly longer intervals than an average petrol or diesel Mazda thanks to its relative lack of moving parts. As with most manufacturers, Mazda will let you spread the cost of servicing over monthly payments.
There's no road tax (also known as Vehicle Excise Duty, or VED) to pay thanks to the MX-30's zero local CO2 emissions and sub-£40,000 list price – one of the major attractions of owning an electric car.
In This Review
- 1VerdictTaking a slightly different approach to many electric cars, the MX-30 focuses on low weight, a modest range and an engaging driving experience
- 2Range, battery & chargingMazda cites environmental reasons for the MX-30's combination of short range and speedy charging
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingLike all electric cars, the MX-30 should be cheap to run – but there are still a few unknowns at time of writing
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt's far from being the most powerful electric car around, but the Mazda MX-30 does handle quite well
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortMazda's penchant for cool interiors continues, with great materials, decent infotainment and a modern feel inside the MX-30
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWith practicality hampered by stylish doors, the Mazda MX-30 isn't exactly the most flexible SUV around
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating means the MX-30 should still be safe – and the signs look good for reliability, too
- 8Living with itMazda's MX-30 electric car has arrived on our fleet – and we're just getting our heads around the out-of-the-ordinary SUV