What Car? says...
Generally, humans like to see things in black and white. Shades of grey create uncertainty and unease, but the Mazda MX-30 is one of those curious concepts that’s hard to pigeonhole.
Why? Well, it’s an electric SUV with the 4.4-metre footprint of a family SUV, like the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq, or medium-sized electric cars (EVs) like the Kia e-Niro. But take a closer look and it’s more like a coupe SUV, because it sacrifices everyday practicality for a suave, tumbling rear roofline and rear-hinged ‘suicide’ back doors – those, by the way, are a throwback to the old Mazda RX-8 sports car.
The MX-30’s battery range is another curiosity. At just 124 miles it’s similar to that of a city EV, like the Honda E. According to Mazda most people don’t need a long battery range, and because making big lithium-ion batteries creates a lot of CO2, the MX-30’s 36kWh battery is less polluting than the e-Niro’s 64kWh battery.
If you want to travel long distances, Mazda says you’ll have a second car, or you’ll buy the range-extender MX-30 (due out later in 2021), which uses a small petrol engine to charge its battery while you drive along. But both of those two options will create more CO2, and that rather undermines the MX-30’s small-battery principle. Oh crumbs, more grey.
We reckon it’s better to think of the MX-30 as a lifestyle vehicle, rather than a family transport solution. And if a large-ish car with a small range fits your lifestyle, let’s crack on with removing all the uncertainty about what the Mazda MX-30 is like to drive, how spacious it is, and how cheap it is to buy and run.
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