The Mazda MX-30 looks great and drives well. Even so, there is a problem with the electric crossover.
After much hesitation, Mazda has also added an electric car to its range with the MX-30. The crossover heads for an unusual and rather small niche in the market, but fills it convincingly in its own way. However, the user has to be willing to compromise. And maybe have another car up front.
Good design is currently one of Mazda's strengths. With its slightly compressed proportions, the MX-30 may not be the most beautiful car of the brand, but with its coupé-like roof and the doors that open in opposite directions, it sets design accents in a market segment that is now overcrowded. The five-seater can really shine in the interior: Very good workmanship meets good usability, a clear, modern look and a selection of high-quality and original materials. The open-pored cork in the center console fits perfectly with the emission-free e-vehicle, not only visually, but also in terms of its eco-flair.
As pleasant as the interior is designed, it is narrow. The fact that the MX-30 protrudes into the SUV compact class with a length of 4,40 meters can only be guessed at, especially in the rear. In addition, there is the cumbersome entry through the narrow suicide doors, which can only be used if the front portals are also open. The trunk is at best average with 290 liters. Even if the SUV-like cut and the quite sturdy dimensions make the MX-30 look like an everyday or even family car - inside the Japanese is more of a small car.
Small car battery
Seen in this way, it is logical for Mazda to give their first e-car only a relatively measly battery that holds 35,5 kWh and is good for a standard range of just 200 kilometers (WLTP). This puts the crossover on a par with small and micro cars such as Renault Twingo, Honda E or Mini Cooper SE. At a time when most competitors have at least a “3” in front in terms of range, that is astonishingly little at first. Longer motorway stretches in particular are hardly possible with the MX-30, also because the tall crossover is unfavorably in the wind there and therefore consumes more than the 19 kWh from the catalog. And although the Mazda theoretically charges with up to 50 kW on the fast charger, only peak values of around 30 kW were achieved in the test. Anyone who refuels for 100 kilometers, even as an optimist, has to plan at least a half-hour break.
However, the small battery is sufficient for everyday traffic requirements in the city. The 200 kilometers are easy, at least outside of winter time, and as a rule it should be 20 to 30 percent more. You then ideally refuel at home, because with a maximum of 6,6 kW AC charging power from its single-phase charger, the Mazda is also one of the slower representatives on the market at the public charging station and would have to stand for almost a whole working day to get an empty battery full again . It takes even longer at the household socket, where the e-crossover is at least 12 hours.
Sporty driving experience
Anyone who can cope with the battery and charger weaknesses because they drive little or have a second car up their sleeves can certainly enjoy the MX-30. As usual from Mazda, the crossover offers dynamic and at the same time very balanced handling. The precise and organic steering gives the driver the feeling of being in control, and the motor, which is evenly and powerfully attached to the pedal, further enhances the bond with the car. The chassis is tuned binding, but would also offer enough comfort for longer distances. The high level of drive comfort is also typical of an electric car: noises and vibrations are barely audible in the interior. As indicated above, the consumption is okay, under favorable conditions in the city the Mazda is often below the standard value, on the highway or on faster stages, but it also consumes significantly more than 20 kWh per 100 kilometers.
In terms of price, the MX-30 is at 34.490 euros on a similar level as the competitors Opel Mokka-e, Citroen e-C4 or Hyundai Kona Electric. However, all three competitors offer significantly greater ranges than the Japanese and also offer much higher charging capacities. The MX-30 tries to compensate for this with a wide range of features. Series include a head-up display, reversing camera, automatic air conditioning, LED headlights and 18-inch rims. Other extras are available in fairly priced packages, including metallic paint, a Bose sound system and a 360-degree camera.
Nothing for everyone
A beautiful interior, the eye-catching exterior design and the convincing driving behavior of the MX-30 are overshadowed by the short range and the charging technology that is not up-to-date for the German market. Those who accept the latter points because they can still fall back on other cars will be happy about one of the prettiest and most carefully designed e-cars.
For the masses, the Mazda is nothing - especially in view of the growing and strong competition in this segment. The average buyer has to wait until Mazda either launches the announced variant with a range extender engine or offers a new generation of batteries and a powerful on-board charger. However, this should not be the case until the mid-life facelift at the earliest. Until then, the MX-30 will remain a second car in the look of an everyday car.
Five-door, five-seat crossover; Length: 4,40 meters, width: 1,80 meters (width with exterior mirrors: 2,04 meters), height: 1,56 meters, wheelbase: 2,65 meters, trunk volume: 366 - 1.171 liters
Electric motor, 107 kW / 145 PS, maximum torque: 271 Nm at 0 - 3.243 rpm, front-wheel drive, 1-stage reduction gear, battery capacity: 35,5 kWh (gross), charging connection: Type 2 and CCS, AC charging power: 6,6 , 1 kW (50-phase), DC charging power: 4 kW, charging time: Wallbox: 5-80 hours, DC (up to 30 percent): 40-0 minutes, 100-9,7 km / h: 140 s, Vmax : 19 km / h, standard consumption (WLTP): up to 200 kWh, standard range (WLTP): up to 15,0 km, test consumption: 2 kWh, CO0 emissions: 34.490 g, efficiency class: A +, price: from XNUMX euros ( Environmental bonus possible)
Why: noble interior, comfortable handling, extensive equipment
Why not: short range, slow charging speed
What else: Opel Mokka-e, Mini Cooper SE, Honda E.