Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Interesting, choesive interior
  • Quality materials and trims used
  • Driving position is excellent

Right from the start, it’s clear that the MX-30 has been designed to be welcoming and familiar, with few odd controls that first-time electric car buyers experience in other models. 

Everything you touch, with a couple of small exceptions, has been finished and trimmed to a very high standard, with thought employed to create a variety of tactile surfaces. The central storage areas are lined with textured cork to reflect Mazda’s corporate history working with that material, while the MX-30’s eco credentials are amplified by the fuzzy recycled bottle fabric covering much of the door panels.

One thing the MX-30’s interior isn’t is flashy, in spite of having three screens to view and control its various functions. While the useful multimedia display, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, is controlled by an intuitive rotary knob, the touchscreen for the climate control settings seems unnecessary.

Not only would Mazda’s existing and compact physical climate control interface have worked perfectly well in the MX-30, the screen hinders access to the storage space below it. Even connecting leads to the two USB-A ports and 12-volt socket is awkward, let alone wrestling with a three-pin plug that can also be connected on higher-spec models.

That minor gripe aside, the cabin is elegant, if a little sober. You’ll not find any multicoloured ambient light settings for the cabin in here.

Superb driving position

There’s plenty of seat adjustability in order to feel comfortable and in command of the car; the steering wheel and pedals are almost flawless in placement. 

Those pedals need special mention. Mazda has chosen to give the MX-30 a floor-hinged, long-travel ‘organ-style’ accelerator pedal, something seldom seen in electric cars. The effect is to smooth off your requests for power, and to be very comfortable on longer drives – and it’s the first point you’ll encounter Mazda’s approach to squeezing the most out of that 35.5kWh battery.

How comfy is the MX-30?

  • Really impressive for those up front…
  • Less so for those in the back
  • Quiet, refined drive system

There’s little doubt that those occupying the front seats get the beter deal. The seats are firm yet spportive, with well-defined grippy bolsters that hold without being constricting. Despite the MX-30 being relatively compact, those up front won’t find the extremeties of their bodies pressing against the interior fixtures and fittings. 

It’s less positive in the back where that tapered, coupe-like roofline impinges on headroom, particularly for taller passengers. Similarly, legroom isn’t exactly generous, but the front seatbacks are scalloped out to aid the situation a bit.

Nevertheless, it is dark in the back thanks to the small windows – a fully glazed roof would help things no end, but the only sunroof available is a small one over the front seats.

Helpfully, there’s a MyMazda smartphone app to connect your device to the car – this is especially useful on freezing cold and stiflingly hot days when you can programme the car to a desired temperature while it’s still plugged in and charging.

Talking of the temperature, the climate control only has one setting for the whole car, rather than left and right zones like most others.

Once you’re out and about the MX-30 proves to be a comfy in terms of ride quality, in spite of the sportiness it’s blessed with. You are very aware through your seat of changes to road surfaces, but the damping is superb, meaning the sharpness of ruts and cracks is rounded-off. 

Other than some noise from the tyres, there’s very little outside noise that enters the Mazda while driving. Wind rush around the windscreen pillars and door mirrors is kept to a minimum, and being electric, there’s very little vibration felt through the car.