Twin test: Mazda MX-30 vs Kia Soul EV

The 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?

Mazda MX-30 vs Kia Soul EV

Electric SUVs are now seemingly the default choice, both for manufacturers taking their first step into electrification and first-time buyers looking to make the switch from petrol or diesel power. Kia has been building these for a while, with the e-Niro and first-generation Soul EV selling well before many rivals managed to get in on the action.

Mazda is the latest maker to dip its toe into the water; the MX-30 is the Japanese firm's first electric car and is designed to impress. Its focus is on driving pleasure and eco-friendliness, with a keen-handling chassis and a number of sustainable design choices – most notably a rather small battery.

Mazda MX-30 GT Sport Tech

Pros: Nice design, quality build, great to drive

Cons: Short range, not terribly practical, pricey

Kia Soul EV First Edition

Pros: Practical, longer range, more efficient

Cons: Not as good to drive, bland interior, smaller boot

The new Mazda has some stiff competition, not least from the recently rejuvenated – and much longer-range – Kia Soul EV. Here, we examine the details to see which small electric SUV is best.

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