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Mazda MX-30 Review, Interior, For Sale, Colours & Specs in Australia

Bearing the ‘MX’ badge to denote a Mazda eXperimental model, the MX-30 is the Hiroshima brand’s first foray into electrification, with a mild hybrid and electric model both available in Australia. A version with a small rotary engine range extender is also on the way.

Based heavily on the Mazda CX-30’s platform, the MX is more expensive and niche, and doesn’t aim to be a volume seller like its sibling, according to Mazda. Part of its niche appeal is the use of ‘freestyle’ rear doors like the Mazda RX-8 sports car once did.

The line-up currently starts at $34,310 for the MX-30 G20E Evolve Mhev and ranges through to $66,410 for the range-topping MX-30 E35 Astina.

Mazda MX-30 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda MX-30 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $34,310 and going to $66,410 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 SUV 2.0L, Hyb/ULP, 6 SP AUTO $34,310 $66,410
2022 SUV 2.0L, Hyb/ULP, 6 SP AUTO $30,800 $70,840
2021 SUV 2.0L, Hyb/ULP, 6 SP AUTO $30,140 $69,410
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Mazda MX-30 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda MX-30 SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 SUV 1545x1795x4395 mm 180 mm
2022 SUV 1545x1795x4395 mm 180 mm
2021 SUV 1545x1795x4395 mm 180 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda MX-30 Dimensions

Mazda MX-30 Colours

The MX-30 Electric’s standard colour palette is Ceramic Metallic, Jet Black Mica and Arctic White. Machine Grey Metallic and Polymetal Grey Metallic add $495.

A three-tone paint finish is also available, teaming grey pillars and a black roof with Ceramic Metallic for $995 or Soul Red Crystal Metallic for $1490, while a Polymetal Grey with silver pillars and a black roof combo also costs $1490 extra.

  • Ceramic Metallic
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Arctic White
  • Machine Grey Metallic
  • Polymetal Grey Metallic
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda MX-30 Interior

From a cabin perspective, you could call Mazda's first EV a tale of two cars.

Up front, it’s typical Mazda in its design and layout, but it progresses what the brand has done over recent years, with a palpable up-step in quality and detailing.

There's plenty of room, even for taller people. They can stretch out, on comfortable and enveloping front seats offering a wide range of support. The layered lower centre console – even with its floating-like design – offers up a sense of space as well as style.

The MX-30’s driving position is first class; ventilation is ample, storage is adequate and there isn’t much that’s strange or intimidating in here – and this is not always the case with EVs.

Mazda3/CX-30 owners will recognise the company’s latest multimedia system, elegant instrumentation and standard head-up display.

The cork-like trim harks back to the company’s distant past, however, while the electronic touch-display climate control system is new for the brand.

But the new electronic shifter – a thick yet stubby T-bar item that requires a hefty sideways shove to slot it from Reverse across to Park – is annoying. And the MX-30’s side and rear vision is dreadful.

Which leads us to the back half of the Mazda EV.

Those Freestyle doors make entry and egress delightfully theatrical as the fixed centre (or ‘B’) pillar is eliminated, but you cannot open the rear doors without first opening the fronts (fiddly on the outside and a real stretch trying from the inside).

The back seat is tight, with limited knee room. And even though you’ll find a centre armrest with cupholders, as well as overhead grab handles and coat hooks, there’s no lighting back, directional air vents or USB outlets.

At least it’s all nicely finished, with interesting colours are textures, briefly distracting you from how cramped and hemmed-in the MX-30 is for an SUV. And you're peering out of porthole windows, which may make it all seem a little bit claustrophobic for some.

Mazda MX-30 Interior

Mazda MX-30 Speed

The MX-30 Electric will speed up from standstill to 100km/h in 9.7 seconds, on its way to a (speed limited) 140km/h.

Mazda MX-30 Boot Space

The Mazda’s cargo capacity is meagre, being wide but shallow, with just 311 litres to exploit; as per almost every SUV on the planet, the rear seat-backs split and fold down, revealing a long and flat floor. This boosts boot volume to a more-useful 1670L.

Mazda MX-30 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda MX-30 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What electric car should I buy?

    We can understand your feelings about the centrally-mounted screen in the Tesla, though you do get used to it surprisingly quickly.

    As for the other models you’ve mentioned, we’ve had to get the crystal ball out to attempt to answer you!

    The Polestar 2 will be on sale by the end of 2020, if all goes to plan. The company will be pushing hard to make that happen. 

    The VW ID3 is likely not going to be here until 2021, likely the mid or latter part of that year. It certainly has a lot of potential, and with pricing set to start below $50,000, it could well be The People’s (Electric) Car. 

    There are other options coming, though it depends on your diary and your budget.

    You could consider the Tesla Model S, which may have been around for a while, but that also means it has a more traceable reliability history. It has a digital instrument cluster in the regular spot as well.

    Have you looked at the Jaguar i-Pace? It has a claimed range of 470 kilometres, though it is on the pricey side of the equation, starting from about $125,000.

    Indeed, a high price tag is a common theme among those EVs with big battery capacity and expansive driving range, because you’re basically covering the cost of the batteries with your money.

    For instance, there’s the Audi e-tron quattro, which is due here in early 2020. That model will have a range of “more than 400 kilometres”, and - we suspect - a price tag above $120,000. 

    The Mercedes EQC is about to go on sale, too. Range for that mid-size SUV is pegged at about 450 kilometres, but again, you can expect a high price tag.

    If 2021 isn’t too long to wait, there’s the Volvo XC40 Recharge coming then. Based on our previous experience with Volvo XC40s, it’ll be a great small SUV, with predicted range of 400km - though we think that’s understating it, because it has a 78kWh battery pack, and it has AWD too.

    At the more affordable end - though admittedly still not quite meeting your expectations for range - there’s the very impressive Hyundai Kona Electric, which has a WLTP range of 449km, and a price tag of around $65k. It isn’t all-wheel drive though.

    And MG is about to launch a real upstart in the segment, with the ZS EV hitting showrooms soon for $46,990 drive-away, albeit with a range of 262km. It’s also FWD only. 

    The Mini Cooper SE will also arrive in mid-2020, with pricing set to be less than $60k. But again, a range of 270km will likely rule it out for your needs, and its 2WD as well.

    Another new small EV due next year is the Mazda MX-30. Pricing is still to be confirmed, and range isn’t great at about 300km. It’s FWD too. 

    In short, at this point in time - and out towards the end of 2020 - it looks like you’ll either need to spend a big amount of money on a premium EV to get the best range possible, or you’ll have to get used to the Model 3’s screen. You could always get an aftermarket head-up display fitted…

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Mazda MX-30 Accessories

Among the usual array of luxury, functionality and multimedia features like power windows, keyless entry/start, power folding electric mirrors that dip when put in reverse, Bluetooth audio streaming/telephony and climate control air-conditioning, you’ll find adaptive cruise control with full stop/go functionality, auto high beams, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree view monitor, an electric sunroof, heated and powered front seats, a heated steering wheel and a leather-like synthetic upholstery dubbed “Vintage Brown Maztex”.

Buyers will also likely appreciate an 8.8-inch widescreen colour display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, a Bose premium audio system with 12 speakers, digital radio, satellite navigation and even a 220V domestic plug outlet (perhaps for a hair dryer?), while an elegant head-up display for speed and GPS info is reflected on the windscreen.

Mazda MX-30 Accessories

Mazda MX-30 Towing Capacity

The Mazda MX-30 has maximum towing capacity of 800kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 SUV 0kg 800kg
2022 SUV 0kg 800kg
2021 SUV 0kg 800kg
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Mazda MX-30 Seats

The MX-30 Electric's front seats are richly textured, finished in a synthetic leather called Maztex, and feature full electric adjustment, height adjustment and lumbar support. Behind the driver's side backrest are two buttons that the rear occupant can use to move or recline the seat to help egress.

While the MX-30's back area is disappointingly tight for a small SUV, its seats are actually quite comfortable, even if they don't slide or recline like in some rival crossover alternatives. They seat three at a pinch, and have a 60/40 split backrest, for added versatility.

Mazda MX-30 Seats

Mazda MX-30 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda MX-30 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Electric, — and Hyb/ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.4L/100km for SUV /— for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 SUV Electric 1 SP AUTO
2023 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L 6 SP AUTO
2023 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP 6 SP AUTO
2022 SUV Electric 1 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP 6 SP AUTO
2021 SUV Electric 1 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP 6 SP AUTO
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Mazda MX-30 Wheel Size

The Mazda MX-30 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x55 R18 9 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 215x55 R18 9 215x55 R18 9
2022 SUV 215x55 R18 9 215x55 R18 9
2021 SUV 215x55 R18 9 215x55 R18 9
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda MX-30 Wheel Sizes