Mazda MX-30 2024: A Different Concept

Mazda MX-30 2024: A Different Concept

06 June 2024 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Mazda MX-30 2024

Ten years ago, buying a vehicle meant participating in the evolution of this new category. There were no real standards, and everyone did things their own way. Today, electric vehicles are full-fledged production models, and competition is becoming increasingly fierce. However, some manufacturers are still at the stage of offering production vehicles that are more like concepts, and that's the case with Mazda and the MX-30.

 

This vehicle is not intended for those who want to replace their everyday vehicle. However, if you're looking for a model that stands out and is very affordable, the Mazda MX-30 might appeal to you immensely. The small SUV from the Japanese manufacturer offers unique elements in the industry, such as rear suicide half-doors. In short, it's a one-of-a-kind vehicle, and the fact that it's 100% electric makes it even more interesting.

 

Range and Price

 

As it is essentially a concept vehicle, the Mazda MX-30 offers only two configuration options, which is just fine. There's the entry-level version with a starting price of $42,650, making it one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market. Then, there's the GT version, which is the only other available option. This version has a starting price of $47,650 and boasts an impressive level of equipment. For example, you get a 360-degree camera, a sunroof, numerous driver assistance technologies, and an upgraded finish. Moreover, the Mazda MX-30 is eligible for most government rebates for electric vehicles, making it even more appealing.

 

Category and Competition

 

The Mazda MX-30 looks like nothing else on the market, giving it a significant advantage over its closest competitors. Its unique concept means that people generally have no hesitation in deciding whether to choose it. The MX-30 is surprisingly popular, and I believe even Mazda did not expect such success for its electric SUV, which serves as a test model.

Rivals: Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Niro EV, Mini Cooper SE, Nissan Leaf

 

Design and Technology

 

The Mazda MX-30's design is immediately recognizable, offering a modern front with a lot of character. The same goes for the rear, but it's mainly the model's profile that captures our attention. The half-door is clearly visible, giving it an intriguing look. Mazda had previously used this concept for its sporty car, the RX-8, and the manufacturer has repeated it here. I think it's an excellent idea as it gives the appearance of a two-door vehicle with the convenience of a four-door.

 

The MX-30's interior is quite minimalist, with high-quality finishing. It almost feels like being in a luxury model. I really like the driving position. However, due to its unique concept, the rear seats are limited in space, as is the trunk.

 

In terms of technology, the Japanese manufacturer's SUV lacks nothing. The driver assistance technologies are effective without being too intrusive. The multimedia system takes some getting used to, but otherwise, everything else is fine.

 

Performance

 

The 2024 Mazda MX-30 offers only one mechanical option. The small SUV is powered by an electric motor with 143 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. Its top speed is limited to 140 km/h, and it can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under 9.7 seconds, which is not particularly fast. The MX-30 uses a 35.5 kWh battery pack, allowing it to store enough energy to offer a range of 161 kilometers on a full charge.

 

Weak Points

 

The rear seats are not very spacious, nor is the trunk. Its range is significantly below average.

 

Strong Points

 

It's a unique vehicle that never fails to turn heads. It attracts interest, and its design is quite interesting.

 

Signature Element

 

The 2024 Mazda MX-30 offers a unique concept.

 

Final Word

 

Mazda has taken many liberties with the MX-30 since it is not a mass-production model. The brand's first electric vehicle will set the tone for the next model, which should be much more competitive. However, it is likely to be much less interesting conceptually than the MX-30, which is why some people appreciate the small Japanese SUV so much right now. Despite its limitations, the Mazda MX-30 has significantly increased in popularity over the past year. This proves that Mazda has used the right ingredients here. It's hard to say if the MX-30 would be even more popular with a larger battery and a higher price, but it is certainly successful in its current form, and that's why you should seriously consider it.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier



Tags: Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, MINI, Nissan, Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro, Kia Niro EV, Nissan LEAF

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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