Mazda MX-30 vs Kia Soul EV: safety and reliability
Both manufacturers have a good reputation for reliability and safety, so we've no worries here
Kia and Mazda are makers of consistently reliable and safe cars that owners are happy with. The Driver Power owner satisfaction survey results confirmed this in 2020, with Mazda achieving an impressive fourth-place finish out of 30 brands overall. Kia finished in an even more impressive second place overall, behind Lexus.
Of those surveyed, 14.5% of Mazda owners reported experiencing a fault with their cars, versus 13.3% of Kia owners. Data for the MX-30 and Soul EV specifically isn't available, but these figures bode well, sitting below the likes of Skoda (17.2%) and Volvo (20.5%).
Euro NCAP crash-tested the previous generation of Kia Soul in 2014, but the latest model has yet to be evaluated. We've no reason to doubt its safety however – the Soul EV comes as standard in First Edition trim with a comprehensive suite of active driver aids and other safety systems, including lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring and multiple airbags.
The Mazda MX-30 has been crash-tested by Euro NCAP and achieved a full five-star rating, with an impressive 91% score for adult occupant protection and 87% for its protection of child occupants. It also comes complete with plenty of safety kit, including lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe 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?
- 2Range & chargingKia has the edge when it comes to range and charging; the Mazda is more akin to smaller electric city cars here
- 3Performance & handlingMazda's knack for making fun-to-drive cars continues with the MX-30, but the Kia Soul EV is faster
- 4Space & practicalityThe Kia is the more practical choice, despite being down on boot space compared to the Mazda
- 5Interior & infotainmentThe MX-30 has the nicer interior here, but Kia's infotainment system is better to use
- 6Running costs & warrantyNeither model will be an issue for company-car users, but the Kia takes the prize for efficiency
- 7Safety & reliability - currently readingBoth manufacturers have a good reputation for reliability and safety, so we've no worries here
- 8Verdict and specificationsThe Mazda MX-30 is desirable, but the Kia Soul EV is a much more sensible choice overall