Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Should you buy one?

If your driving mainly consists of short trips and only an occasional need to carry more than one passenger, then yes, the Mazda MX-30 is a great way to take up electric car ownership. Otherwise, forget it – instead we’d suggest looking for something a bit more spacious and with a longer range, such as the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e.

They can’t match the Mazda for impressive build quality and engaging handling, but they might need to be sacrificed at the altar of pragmatism depending on your needs.

It’s certainly interesting, though. Many new electric vehicles are joining the market have been fairly generic in their approach – taking on the five-door, family-sized template of the Volkswagen ID.3, or the supermini-with-space attitude of the Renault Zoe.

The MX-30 is different, in that it’s designed to keep that youthful, sporty three-door profile (albeit with hidden rear doors) and a traditional interpretation of a more fun car, rather than pushing the boundaries of packaging achievable with electric technology.

It’s hard justifying it over one of its 250+ mile range rivals. But the driving experience is good, and it’s the most analogue, rewarding, conventional-car-like electric vehicle we’ve driven so far, swapping space-age aspiration for good, old-fashioned enjoyment.

And if that lack of range is worrying you, Mazda’s been promising a range extender version that uses the smooth rotary engine design in the most efficient way: just to charge the battery. We’re still waiting to see it though.

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