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Mazda’s MX-30 Electric is a great small SUV, but with a small battery, little cargo space, and a hefty price tag, limits its role to that of an urban runabout.
It isn’t hard to see what Mazda’s engineers were envisioning when they dreamt up the Mazda MX-30 Electric: craft a small SUV, bolt in a lightweight battery and endow the car with typical Mazda handling refinement.
They achieved all three, but compromised the fundamental purpose of an SUV, which is to carry people and parcels.
There’s not much point infusing a sporty ride (and it’s worth noting the MX nomenclature is derived from Mazda’s sports-oriented MX-5) in a vehicle that only has 200km of range, effectively restricting it to short journeys.
Too much for most. The sticker price of $65,490 puts the MX-30 Electric at $71,019 on the road for Melburnians.
That’s around $2,000 more than a comparably sized Mini Cooper electric and similar money to the likes of the Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona. The problem for Mazda is both the Kia and Hyundai offer more space in the back seats and boot, along with at least double the range between recharges.
Metallic paint adds $595 to the tally and the tri-colour paint schemes are $1,590 more expensive.
The Mazda is covered by a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. Servicing intervals are 12 months or 15,000km and the first five visits to the dealership will run to a total of $919.