Mazda MX-30: reliability & safety
A five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating means the MX-30 should still be safe – and the signs look good for reliability, too
5 stars (2020)
It’s difficult to get lots of reliability data on the MX-30 given how few have found homes, however, Mazda's great reputation in this area bodes well; the company is famed for its engineering prowess. On the safety front, the car secured the maximum five-star rating in independent crash-testing by the experts at Euro NCAP.
Mazda MX-30 reliability & problems
The MX-30 hasn't been on sale long enough for any serious reliability issues to make themselves known, and while some may worry that a company's first crack at a mass-produced electric car could be prone to gremlins, our understanding of Mazda's track record would suggest otherwise.
Mazda achieved a strong seventh-place finish out of 32 brands in the most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with respondents praising their cars' quality, handling, reliability, styling and infotainment. An average of 25.32% of those surveyed reported experiencing a fault with their Mazda. The Mazda CX-5 SUV was also ranked as the ninth-best car to own.
The independent experts at Euro NCAP crash-tested the Mazda MX-30 in November 2020, awarding it the maximum five-star safety score. Scores for adult, child and vulnerable road user protection were 91%, 87% and 68% respectively, while the car's driver assistance systems received a 73% score.
Mazda has packed its first electric car with most of the active driver assistance and safety features you could want. All models get lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with intelligent speed assistance and emergency lane-keeping assistance to help actively avoid collisions.
Other safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, plus a driver's knee airbag, electronic parking brake with auto-hold and hill-hold assistance, plus dynamic stability control that works in conjunction with Mazda's electric torque vectoring to ensure maximum grip and traction at all times.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Mazda MX-30 is fundamentally flawed in several areas; at least it looks good and is pretty decent to drive
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Mazda MX-30’s small battery means it’s destined to be used as a (rather expensive) second car
- 3Running costs & insuranceIt’s pretty affordable for an EV and should be cheap to run, but the Mazda MX-30 suffers pretty harsh depreciation
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt may not be quick, but the Mazda MX-30 is nevertheless enjoyable to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Mazda MX-30’s posh-feeling interior uses sustainable materials, but is let down by a convoluted infotainment system
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Mazda MX-30’s rear-hinged doors are one of its biggest flaws, hampering practicality
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingA 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