Mazda MX-30 range, battery & charging
The MX-30's range is fairly short compared to other electric cars – but Mazda says this makes the car more sustainable, due to its smaller battery
|Range||Battery size||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|124 miles||35.5kWh||5hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.2kW)||26mins (10-80%, 50kW)|
The MX-30 is fitted with a 35.5kWh battery, which seems small next to those of rivals like the ORA Funky Cat (46kWh) and Peugeot e-2008 (50kWh). However, according to Mazda, this size of battery offers the best compromise between the environmental costs of manufacturing and benefits to the consumer.
In other words, Mazda has opted to minimise impact on the environment by using up fewer of the earth's resources (including rare-earth materials like lithium and cobalt) and reckons that those switching from internal-combustion engined cars don't need as much range as they think they do.
That's probably true – especially for those in the market for a household's second car – but the car's 50kW maximum charging speed (upgraded from 40kW in mid-2022) is no longer competitive with rivals, most of which can manage at least 100kW or 150kW these days.
Mazda is set to launch a range-extender version of the MX-30 in 2023. It will use a rotary engine as a generator to top-up the car's battery while you're on the move, meaning it's used solely to recharge the MX-30’s battery, rather than drive the wheels. The MX-30 R-EX will be able to go much further between pit-stops, but to date Mazda hasn't confirmed exactly how far it can go before the battery and fuel tank run dry.
Mazda MX-30 range
The MX-30's smaller-than-average 35.5kWh battery means a shorter-than-average maximum range of 124 miles – or 165 around town, according to Mazda. The standard figure is less than you get from the Honda e (131-137 miles), and considerably range than the ORA Funky Cat (193 miles) or Peugeot e-208 (225 miles) offers
And in real-world driving, we've found you'll be lucky to achieve 100 miles in typical UK weather conditions, making the Mazda strictly an urban commuter or suburban errand-runner, rather than a realistic long-distance vehicle.
One of the benefits of a small battery is quick charging: the MX-30 can achieve an 80% top-up from a 50kW public rapid charger in little under half an hour, which is great news for those using their cars around town or on longer trips with brief service-station stops.
Even drawing power from a home wallbox, the Mazda will be fully juiced in less than six hours, so it'll be easy to get your charging done within the window for off-peak electricity. If you're caught short, the MX-30 will take 15 hours to charge using a three-pin cable plugged into a regular domestic socket.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe MX-30 takes a different approach to many EVs, with a focus on sustainability and a low weight. The result is an engaging driving experience, but limited range
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingThe MX-30's range is fairly short compared to other electric cars – but Mazda says this makes the car more sustainable, due to its smaller battery
- 3Running costs & insuranceLike all electric cars, the MX-30 should be very cheap to run – particularly if you charge mostly at home rather than from public points
- 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 here, 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