Compact electric SUVs offer a tempting mix of practicality and affordable running costs – but if you want something with an extra dose of individuality, then you should consider the Mazda MX-30. This little SUV is Mazda’s unique take on the segment, utilising recycled materials and a smaller battery pack to enhance its eco-friendly status. It looks great, drives well and has all the tech features you need.
Leasing a Mazda MX-30 means you’ll get access to a brand-new car while making fixed monthly payments for the length of your contract. Lease deals typically last between 2 and 5 years, but you can decide the length of the deal to ensure it suits your needs.
You can also decide your annual mileage and choose how much you’d like to pay towards the car at the start of your contract. Car maintenance and servicing can also be included as an optional extra on your lease deal. Once your leasing contract ends, all you need to do is return the car. To find out more about how contract hire works, take a look at our easy-to-understand guide to car leasing.
If you choose a Mazda MX-30 business lease, you can reclaim up to 100% of the VAT on your deal, providing your company is eligible.
Benefits Of A Mazda MX-30 Lease
You lease a compact electric SUV for its promise of efficiency and practicality, but with the Mazda MX-30 you also get some unique styling features like rear-hinged doors, eco-friendly interior materials and a car that’s fun to drive. This is stylish, city-friendly transport at its finest.
Mazda MX-30 Driving Experience
Although it’s marketed as a small SUV or crossover, the Mazda MX-30 is really a raised hatchback in both size and shape. This makes it slightly less spacious in the rear than some alternatives, but the 2 occupants up front will have no problem getting comfortable. The rear seats will happily accommodate 2 adults, although the centre-rear seat is best suited for children. The tiny rear windows can also make some passengers feel a little claustrophobic on longer trips.
Boot space is adequate, with up to 366 litres available with the rear seats up. This is slightly ahead of the Hyundai Kona Electric, which has 332 litres.
This is another department where Mazda hasn’t followed the herd. Where others have used a large and heavy battery pack for maximum range, the MX-30 concentrates on being efficient by using a smaller and lighter pack (35.5kWh). Its lighter weight also lowers the carbon footprint during production. The compromise is that its range is only 124 miles. But this should still be plenty for most commuters – and charging from 20- to 80% at a 50kW public charger takes just 36 minutes.
If you need additional range, both the Hyundai and the Kia Niro EV are capable of doing more than 280 miles when equipped with their largest battery packs.
Being electric, the MX-30 is subject to just a 1% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax compared to more than 32% for a conventional petrol or diesel engine. It’s also eligible for the plug-in vehicle grant scheme (PIVG) and Mazda offers a free wallbox charger, too.
Mazda MX-30 Models Available To Lease
The Mazda MX-30 is a 5-door, 5-seat small SUV. It’s available solely with an electric drivetrain and front-wheel drive.
Trim Levels To Lease
GT Sport Tech
The SE-L Lux is offered with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, 8-speaker audio system, satnav, smartphone integration and a head-up display.
The Mazda MX-30 Vs Competitors
Mazda hasn’t followed the ‘more is better’ maxim with the MX-30. Instead, this compact SUV offers just the right amount of power and range for its intended purpose – which is to commute about the city as efficiently as possible. Rivals include the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia E-Niro. Both are practical and are also available with short- and long-range battery packs.
The Peugeot E-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-E are both quicker and the Peugeot is more spacious, too. The Mazda MX-30 has a well-specced interior and the easy driving nature will appeal as a town car. Add in the commendable eco-friendly credentials and this little Mazda makes a very strong leasing case for itself.
Mazda produces well-built and reliable cars, and the MX-30 should be no different. Every Mazda comes standard with a 3-year/60,000-mile warranty – and the battery pack has an 8-year warranty.
The Mazda MX-30 has 366 litres of boot space, which expands to 1171 litres with the rear seats down. This is pretty much in the middle for its sector. If you opt for the upgraded Bose sound system, which takes up more space, these figures drop slightly to 341 and 1146 litres respectively.
The base SE-L Lux is so comprehensively equipped that going for one of the other trims is unnecessary. All versions are offered with the same powertrain so the Sport Lux, First Edition (available in limited numbers) and the GT Sport Tech trim add only minor upgrades, such as an improved sound system and a few additional driver aids.
Yes, all trims come standard with a reversing camera while upper trims also get a parking aid with a full surround-view camera.
Yes. The MX-30 is Mazda’s first fully electric vehicle. There are plans to introduce a range-extending part-petrol version in the future, though.
It’s a vehicle that’s fit for purpose. And its eco-friendly design philosophy resonates with the increasingly environmentally conscious consumer.
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The interior is a mix of interesting and up-to-date design features that give the MX-30 a suitably modern feel. However, there’s also a few nods to convention – where most modern cars have digital instrument clusters that look like little computer screens, this one has an analogue gauge for the battery charge. And the gear lever looks, feels and operates just like in a conventional car.
Most rivals have just slapped a huge touch screen onto the dashboard, but here too, Mazda has decided to go for a high-mounted non-touch 7-inch display and another 7-inch touchscreen below the air vents. One accesses the infotainment functions, while the other is for the fan and air con.
A head-up display is standard and there are still physical buttons to control most functions; it all feels pleasantly familiar whilst also being very modern. And for the eco-friendly conscious, there’s a cork covered centre console and vegan fabrics.
Mazda generally does things a little differently and the way the MX-30 drives is a case in point. Instead of equipping it with a big, heavy battery and electric motor, Mazda engineers have kept the weight down with a lighter set-up that doesn’t compromise agility and still provides spritely performance in town.
The ride is markedly better on the motorway and it also highlights the near-silent nature of the MX-30. It has plenty of immediate electric zip to get up to speed or overtake slower vehicles. Visibility ahead of you is great, but the tiny rear side windows and angled rear windscreen mean you’ll need to rely on the parking aids when reversing.