Mazda MX-30 Astina Mild Hybrid 2021 Review

We take the Mazda MX 30 Astina for a Road Test Review

Mazda MX-30 was launched earlier this year as a mild hybrid with a fully electric version coming later and available now by order.

2021 MAZDA MX-30 front qtrThe first thing you notice is the unusual design that either people seemed to like or dislike. Its neither SUV, Wagon nor hatchback. It is a four door design but with rear suicide doors, and a large boot and long bonnet and distinctive grill and front lighting area.

2021 MAZDA MX-30 interior

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Initially there are three mild hybrid models with one engine and transmission

2021 MAZDA MX-30 engine

MX-30 M Hybrid range combines a 114kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with Mazda’s own M Hybrid system. This system sends drive to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. There is no electric only drive in this version.

It is typical of all Mazda cars in that it is put together well, quiet, rides well and does nothing wrong.

It is however very confusing as to why it was actually designed. It appears to be very different for difference sake.

2021 MAZDA MX-30 suicide doors

Priced from just under $34,000 plus the usual costs it will be interesting to see buyers appetite for something so different. I wonder why Mazda didn’t simply introduce all electric versions of their existing models.

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2021 MAZDA MX-30 front dash

What is good?

  • Quiet ride
  • Mazda build quality
  • Excellent seat heaters

What is not so good?

  • Unusual design
  • Tight rear seats
  • No electric only drive

2021 MAZDA MX-30 boot

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2021 MAZDA MX-30 front seats

Model   

Mazda MX-30 Hybrid Astina

Model Price $ 40,990 MLP*
Engine 2.0L 4 Cyl MH Petrol
Drivetrain FWD 6 Sp AT
Power 114 kW at 6,000rpm
Torque 200 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 150 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 6.4 L/100km / 51L
Towing/Tow ball 800 Kg / 80Kg
Servicing 6 Months / 10000 km
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

2021 MAZDA MX-30 rear

Overall Rating    

78/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 7
Technology/Connectivity 8
Fun Factor/Street Appeal 8
Value for Money 7

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Overall Rating
  • 8/10
    Behind the Wheel - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Comfort - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fit for Purpose - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Technology/Connectivity - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor/Street Appeal - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Value for Money - 7/10
7.8/10

Summary

Mazda MX-30 was launched earlier this year as a mild hybrid with a fully electric version coming later and available now by order.

Priced from just under $34,000 plus the usual costs it will be interesting to see buyers appetite for something so different. I wonder why Mazda didn’t simply introduce all electric versions of their existing models.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.