The Mazda is a lovely little EV, nice to drive, different in many ways, with real driver appeal, but the range is parlous.
Until we get a range extender version, the MX-30 is only suitable as a second car/urban runabout – provided you don’t fancy a visit to the seaside.
TESTED AC synchronous electric motor and 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery with step-down gearing, front-wheel drive
PRICE/ON SALE without £3,000 Government PIGG, from £28,545, to £33,045 (£30,495 as tested in First Edition trim)/spring 2021
POWER/TORQUE 143bhp/160lb ft
TOP SPEED 87mph
ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 9.7sec
RANGE 124 miles (WLTP high)
EFFICIENCY 3.49 miles per kWh
CO2 EMISSIONS zero at tailpipe, well-to-wheels 41.35/km
VERDICT Nice to look at and drive, and genuinely different, Mazda’s MX-30 only lacks one thing to make it a credible contender in the market and that’s a better battery range (until a range-extender version