After which there’s that vary. OK, it’s possible you’ll not need to journey miles, by which case a classy, nimble, town-friendly electrical automobile with a “right-sized” vary actually holds an attraction. However if you happen to’re going to have a small, mild battery and compromise on how far you possibly can journey between fees, that you must see the profit by way of effectivity – and within the MX-30, you don’t. 

So its vary and cramped inside relegate it to the standing of an city runaround, a distinct segment to which it feels poorly suited given its dimension and negligible rearward visibility. But for another goal, it’s crushed roundly by EVs that don’t price rather more – and in some instances, even much less.

For all its undoubted fashion and good inside design, that would nicely change into the MX-30’s undoing.

Telegraph score: Two stars out of 5

The info

On check: Mazda MX-30 GT Sport Tech

How a lot? £32,845 on the street (not together with £2,500 plug-in automobile grant)

How briskly? 87mph, 0-62mph in 9.7sec

How environment friendly? 3.3mpkWh (WLTP Mixed)

The oily bits: N/A

The electrical bits: 143bhp AC synchronous motor with 35.5kWh (complete) battery, 40kW on-board charger, Kind 2 charging socket

Electrical vary: 124 miles (WLTP mixed)

CO2 emissions: 0g/km

VED: £0

Guarantee: 3 years / 60,000 miles

Boot dimension: 341 litres

Spare wheel as normal: No (not out there)

The rivals

Fiat 500 La Prima

116bhp, 199 miles, £29,495* on the street

The five hundred is much more cramped than the MX-30, however this top-spec model is lavishly geared up, each bit as trendy, and can go a lot additional between fees. The experience isn’t as snug as you may hope, and the steering’s a bit rubbery, however if you would like a boutique EV by which to zip round city, the five hundred makes a a lot better fist of it. 

Kia e-Niro 39kWh 2

134bhp, 180 miles, £32,845* on the street

Nonetheless our favorite electrical SUV, and it isn’t onerous to see why. For precisely the identical worth because the Mazda, the e-Niro is extra snug, quieter, virtually as nicely geared up, rather more environment friendly, goes additional on a cost, has an extended guarantee, and has 5 full-sized doorways, correct rear seats and an even bigger boot. Granted, it lacks the MX-30’s glitz, however by way of worth, it’s a no brainer.

Volkswagen ID.3 Professional Household

143bhp, 260 miles, £36,330* on the street

To match the MX-30’s lofty specification you’ll want certainly one of these mid-range ID.3s, and also you’ll pay a bit extra for the privilege. However given the vary you get, to not point out the appreciable quantity of additional house, that doesn’t appear too large an ask. And if you happen to’re keen to sacrifice a number of the toys, you may get simply as a lot vary for much less with a lower-spec model. 

*Costs don’t embrace £2,500 plug-in automobile grant

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