Mazda MX-30 Electric 2022 review: long-term – living with Mazda’s city-focused MX-30 EV

The MX-30, in the brand’s signature “Soul Red” luster, replaces my long-standing old model, the Nissan Leaf e +.

The little Nissan was a bit smaller and more traditional, but contained a much larger battery, with around 385 km of range on a single charge.

This MX-30 appears in the brand’s signature “Soul Red” chandelier. (image credit: Tom White)

It was appropriate for most scenarios – even a coastal vacation, provided you had your route planned, so I was especially keen to see if this Mazda could be this practical.

The return home is immediately impressive. The Mazda feels good with its range of interesting interior materials, and the electric drive characteristics are even smoother than those offered in the Leaf.

While you still get a quaint analog power dial, the digital dash and dual displays in the cabin feel a lot more sci-fi than the Nissan.

The Mazda has the feel of a premium electric vehicle.  (image credit: Tom White) The Mazda has the feel of a premium electric vehicle. (image credit: Tom White)

And the recycled cork materials, the seats covered in synthetic leather and fabric, along with the interesting door cards and center console all give the Mazda the feel of a premium electric vehicle, even more so than its 65,490. Alarming $, before the road costs, the price might suggest.

There is a range of interesting cabin materials.  (image credit: Tom White) There is a range of interesting cabin materials. (image credit: Tom White)

As I adjusted to the Mazda’s softer regenerative braking tune on the way home, I also remembered this car’s more immediate operating faults.

As nice as it is to have Apple CarPlay big screen on the 8.8-inch media panel, it’s non-touch and requires awkward operation via a dial located in the center console.

Equipped with 8.8 inch media panel.  (image credit: Tom White) Equipped with 8.8 inch media panel. (image credit: Tom White)

It’s sort of okay to browse through the relatively straightforward Mazda apps and software, but trying to enter an address in whatever navigation suite you want? No thanks.

The next problem I encountered was opening the doors when I got home. Who would have thought that something so simple would be a problem? The MX-30’s hinged rear doors are a throwback to some great Mazda ancestors like the RX-8, but trying to use them in a tight parking space has proven painful.

You have to open the front door until the rear door opens, there are times when you will not be able to access the rear seats. That’s a shame.

Other EV quirks include a huge storage space under the center console (which immediately became home to all manner of loose objects) that also has a full-size power outlet (hope this will be useful. ), and elsewhere, it gets a paddle -shifters on the steering wheel to adjust its four levels of regenerative braking. Cared for.

The paddles on the steering wheel adjust its four levels of regenerative braking.  (image credit: Tom White) The paddles on the steering wheel adjust its four levels of regenerative braking. (image credit: Tom White)

In terms of distance traveled, the first 500+ miles driven in our first month was largely spent kicking around town, shopping, and visiting relatives.

The Mazda has proven to be excellent for these urban tasks. It’s nice and quiet at urban speeds, with engaging steering and sometimes surprisingly firm suspension, making it a cinch to squeeze through traffic.

The Mazda has proven to be excellent for urban tasks.  (image credit: Tom White) The Mazda has proven to be excellent for urban tasks. (image credit: Tom White)

It’s also very light for an EV, thanks to that small battery, with what I consider even better handling than its CX-30 combustion relation.

No range problem the first month either. Much of the distance traveled was urban and there are two (free) AC charging units near my home so no cost to charge for November.

There were no reach issues the first month.  (image credit: Tom White) There were no reach issues the first month. (image credit: Tom White)

Spending much of the city time behind the wheel with the regeneration setting at maximum also allowed the Mazda to surpass its own combined power consumption claim of 18.5 kWh / 100 km, posting 16.3 kWh / 100 km for the month. This brings it closer to the efficiency I got in the Leaf.

In this situation, the car usually floated around the 80-140 km mark with recharges every other day.

Once you get into the rhythm of tapping into the stores, it becomes a largely forgettable exercise, and in general I’ve found that I have some autonomy if I need to do a day with a little. more driving.

Will that be enough to venture beyond the city limits? We will have to wait for the December installment to find out.

Acquired: November 2021

Distance covered this month: 549km

Odometer: 1292km

Cost to be billed in November: $ 0

Average energy consumption for November: 16.3 kWh / 100 km

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