I Still Have No Idea How Large The Mazda MX-30 EV Is

All Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik
All Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik

I have sat in the new Mazda MX-30, the company’s first full production EV, and I still couldn’t tell you how large it is, “freestyle” rear doors and all.

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Youichi Matsuda, pictured.
Youichi Matsuda, pictured.

“First of all we wanted a coupe look,” Youichi Matsuda, the car’s designer, told me at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, explaining the body style. There wasn’t much of a second of all, other than that the car was supposed to have “a familiarity. Something you can depend on,” but that its tough shape had “no intention to be rugged.”

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The looks of the vehicle say that it’s a big car. It is chunky. But seeing its specs made it seem like a small car. The battery pack is only 35.5 kWh, and its (EU specs) only claim 120-odd miles of range. Horsepower is in the mid 100s, denoting something on the small side.

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But even actually sitting in the thing it was hard to gauge if it really even was small at all. The MX-30 is dark inside, so it somehow feels both tighter than, say, the new Honda Fit in another section of the show, but also bulkier than that vehicle as well. The MX-30 just doesn’t have a lot of room. All my reference points felt askew.

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Still, it’s wonderfully handsome and I love that we’re getting an EV from Mazda, and a rotary engine range extender for this thing too.

I just can’t help but shake the feeling that more space and a bit of a stretch would break it out of this space/time dilation it’s in.

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Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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jbodybuilder
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Well assuming that gentleman is somewhere between 14 and 18 feet tall, I’d say the MX-30 is probably about 450 inches long.