Mazda’s first electric SUV in the test: BMW i3 in Japanese

Mazda MX-30 driving report

BMW i3 in Japanese: Mazda’s first electric SUV in the test

Mazda's first electric SUV in the test: BMW i3 in Japanese-electric

Christain Bittmann
Mazda MX-30: less for more?

  • Site editor Sebastian Viehmann (Leverkusen)

He has an unusual door concept, a cockpit with a stylish eco-chic and drives really well despite the subtle performance. But Mazda’s first electric car MX-30 also has a decisive deficit. Site tested the car.

In the auto industry, nobody has the grace of late birth. Especially not with electromobility: Tesla puts the bar higher every year, and so far everyone has torn it. The competition is slowly approaching the Americans, whose lead is still comfortable. Mazda is brand new in the game with his first work MX-30. The car has a lot together with the BMW i3 together. But that’s good or bad? Site tested the Stromer.

Body and interior

The MX-30 is 4.4 meters long and a mixture of SUV and coupe-compared to Mazdas Mini-SUV CX-30, the Stromer with its high door line looks a bit more massive. A chrome clip with Mazda lettering on the C-pillar visually eliminates the car from other models of the brand.

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Cattle man Mazda MX-30 (left) and BMW i3

The door concept is unusual. The rear doors open in the way, just like the BMW i3. The German Stromer was obviously the inspiration for the cockpit, whereby the Munich team has achieved an overall airier interior. The Mazda with its mighty center console looks a bit more built, with the shelves are very large and the naturally -looking disguises – right up to real cork on the center console and as a cover of the cup holders – create a bit of eco -flair. The processing is very good, the quality impression of the Mazda is somewhere between Volvo and BMW. In any case, it is much more valuable and fancier than in the interior of the VW ID3, where you can see the Wolfsburg savings pencil.

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Christian Bittmann Mazda MX-30

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Too bad, however: The door concept is just as impossible in the MX-30 as it does in the BMW i3. The start is rather difficult; After all, the exit is easier that the back man can push the seat to the front with a button on the backrest of the front seat electrically. But the head and knee freedom in the rear are only available to a limited extent and the places in the back seat through the small rear windows, which are not to be opened, rather duster. After all: the back seat is nice and cozy and comfortable, the rear is a small retreat. Children will have less fun due to a lack of view. The trunk holds 366 liters, a common compact car measure. Unfortunately there is no electric tailgate for an additional cost.

Mazda's first electric SUV in the test: BMW i3 in Japanese-electric
Cattle man Motor compartment of the electric Mazda MX-30

Solve fans should be a bit disappointed when looking under the front flap. Apparently a lot of space is given away here, while an additional cargo space (frunker) is missing. The reason, however, is that Mazda in future the use of a small petrol engine (probably with Wankel technology) as "Range extender" Plans to extend the reach and keep the installation space for it. Similar to Audi, the Japanese had tried this concept in a Mazda 2 years ago.

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The advantage would then be that – in contrast to Tesla – you do not have to install the most large battery with a lot of capacity, but rather sufficiently small batteries, because for longer distances the range extender stands. However, the example of the BMW i3 showed that most customers do not need the range extender at all.

Operation and infotainment

Otherwise, the Mazda has everything to offer, right down to the head-up display. The new infotainment system has a rather small screen, Tesla driver is probably not picking up with it. Schick is the touch-sensitive operating unit for air conditioning. The driving levels are inserted with a lever. There were also simple print buttons here, but apparently the Japanese wanted to create a rather conventional operating ambience.

Drive, range and consumption

This philosophy can also be seen while driving. Because the Mazda simulates a slightly turbine-like noise that gives you the feeling that you still have the feeling that there is still an ordinary engine on board somewhere. Mazda says that you should be able to better assess the speed. In fact, the powerful sound ensures that the rather poor driving performance (9.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, tip 140 km/h) can be transferred. The 107 kW / 145 hp electric motor on the front axle accelerates the Mazda a little bitterly out of the stand, whereby the city sprint between the traces or when overtaking on the country road is still pleasantly power ready.

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Christian Bittmann Mazda MX-30

Nevertheless: With only 145 hp with a weight of 1.7 tons, the Mazda is not a racing car, you don’t even need to think of Tesla duels at the traffic lights. This also applies to the range. With its 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, the Japanese cannot make big jumps. After the new WLTP measuring cycle, it is just 200 kilometers (237 km to NEFZ); There are newer versions of the BMW i3, the Nissan Leaf, the Opel Corsa-e or the VW ID3 from summer much further. The average consumption during our test drives with a brisk driving style was between 16 and 19 kWh per 100 kilometers.

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Chassis and driving behavior

The biggest plus of the Mazda besides the chic interior are his driving pleasure and the excellent noise insulation. Even on the highway, it is extremely quiet in the car. It’s a shame that the MX-30 drives only 140 km/h (the speedometer ranges only up to 160 km/h; you feel reminded of the 80-mile axis in American cars during the oil crisis)).

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Mazda A special solution: The rear entry doors of the Mazda MX-30 open up opposite the direction of travel

Mazda does not allow the inmates to be rolling noise or any rattling in the beams. Despite the 1.7 tons, the Mazda can be chased precisely and briskly through the curves. Traction problems – the MX -30 has front -wheel drive, all -wheel drive is not available – there are rarely, the disc brakes are easy to dose. The recuperation (brake energy recovery) is set in four stages via steering wheel paddles. At the highest level you can then work with little brake insert, although the delay is not as strong as with the Nissan Leaf im "E-pedal-"mode.

Prices and equipment

The Mazda MX-30 celebrates its market launch on 25. September. With the public funding of 9480 euros, retailers should have no problems selling the 2500 vehicles provided for this year. The base price of 33.134 euros for the so -called First Edition is reduced to 23.654 euros. The equipment is already extensive with the basic model with navigation system, LED headlights, parking aid, head-up display and numerous driver assistance systems.

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Christian Bittmann Mazda MX-30

Unfortunately, the Mazda remains behind the current possibilities of other models when charging. With a maximum output of 50 kW on the CCS-ECONSTROM loader (just like the BMW i3), it still takes 30 to 40 minutes despite the small battery until the battery is 80 percent filled. Because of the only one-phase shop, the current cone with alternating current takes between 4-5 hours (wall box with 22 kW, but limited by the maximum charging capacity of 6.6 kW) up to a whopping 10-12 hours (household socket 230 volt).


The biggest problem of the Mazda is its less impressive technical data. 200 kilometers of range, 140 km/h tip, charging with 50 kilowatts – which would have been good five years ago, is only sufficient today. The Mini Electric has similar modest data, but can still load them in multiple phase and then does not hang on the domestic wall box for so long. Other competitors on a similar price level as the Opel Corsa-E or the Kia E-Niro have more reach, Tesla anyway; Although the American class representative is of course much more expensive.The MX -30 has a chic body with a relatively good space, an attractive price – but only thanks to state funding – and the noble cockpit with clean processing, good noise insulation and modern assistance systems. The driving pleasure is also right. Nevertheless: to play in front of the world of Stromer, this will be too little in the future. It will be interesting to see whether the intended version with range extender – after all, it would solve the range problem – is realized.

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Manufacturer: Mazda
Type: Electric car
Engine: AC synchronous engine
Perfomance: 107 kW
(146 hp)
Top speed: 140 km/h
further data…
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: 97 seconds
Transmission: infinitely varied
Drive: Front -wheel drive
Battery type: Lithium ions
Range electrical: 200 km
Consumption: 17.3 kWh/100 km according to NEFZ
Loading option to household socket: Yes
Load options and types of plugs: Household socket 230 V, Wallbox/charging station AC with 22 kW (maximum charging power 6.6 kW), quick charging (DC) with CCS plug, a maximum of 50 kW
Charging time: 30-40 minutes (CCS), 4-5 hours (wall box), 10-12 hours (household socket)
Length: 4395 mm
Broad: 1795 mm
Height: 1555 mm
Empty weight: 1720 kg
Pay: 463 kg
Seats: 5
Battery included in the price: Yes

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3 thoughts on “Mazda’s first electric SUV in the test: BMW i3 in Japanese”

  1. Oh well
    There will be a few freaks that jump on the train and for far too much … Buy money a completely immature technology. Perhaps the friends of the electricity should take part in the Ralley Paris-Dakkar or Berlin-Peking with their razor devices. Then you may know what it means to be streamless. Mileless anyway.

  2. Optics OK
    I think it is chic, others see differently, but is always like that. Price also ok so far. Problem as always with the battery cars, whoever has no charging options at home, will not stand on the farm. The permanent topic of rocket-like acceleration with the battery cars can no longer be read. Is that the only thing that counts ? What is, who I live in a village without traffic lights ????

  3. Traffic light spurt, "hunting through the curves" etc.?
    I’ve been driving a lot for decades, including the O. were also quite sporty (Audi TT, for example). I still have never fancy a “traffic light spurt” in the competition against whoever. And "hunted through the curves" I don’t have a dare yet, except as a child on the Carerra racetrack. But every Jeck is different, as one says in Cologne. So oki. I would like to add: as long as you don’t endanger yourself or others.


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