At the time of writing, our range-topping MX-30 GT Sport Tech test subject was priced from £29,845 after the government’s £3000 plug-in car grant (which has subsequently been reduced to £2500 for cars under £35,000). That figure puts it on a level with the flagship Honda E (£29,660), and makes it ever so slightly more affordable than fully loaded versions of the Peugeot e-208 (£30,975), Mini Electric (£31,100) and Vauxhall Corsa-e (£31,160). Standard equipment levels are excellent, and the Mazda doesn’t give anything away to its European rivals in terms of material appeal and perceived quality.
However, that 35.5kWh battery makes for a WLTP-certified range of just 124 miles, on which score the Mazda is outperformed by every single one of those alternatives, as well as all of the higher-riding crossover-class electric options it might be compared with. Both the Peugeot e-208 and the Vauxhall Corsa-e push claimed range past the 200-mile point, while even the Mini betters the Mazda by a claimed 15 miles.
With an average test economy of 2.9mpkWh, the MX-30’s projected real-world range as tested was only 103 miles. Against the Honda E (which returned an average economy of 3.1mpkWh for a test range of 110 miles), that too is a disappointing showing. Even if prospective owners are committed to the idea of using this car as a dedicated short-range commuter, then – and with DC rapid charging possible at only 40kW – there might clearly be times when that lack of range would become a source of frustration.