The Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV has been named Plug-In Hybrid of the Year at the 2024 What Car? Awards. Having joined the pure battery electric Mazda MX-30 in Mazda’s electrified range last Autumn, the unique Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV series plug-in hybrid is in Edward’s showroom now.

A series plug-in hybrid that offers new ways of using a car as a battery electric vehicle, the R-EV has a 17.8kWh battery and a 53-mile pure electric range, while using Mazda’s unique rotary engine technology, the all-new 830cc single-rotor petrol engine acts as a generator to enable longer distance drives without range or charging anxiety. With no mechanical connection between the engine and the wheels, the rotary unit simply acts as a generator, ensuring the MX-30 R-EV always drives via the electric motor to deliver a seamless EV driving experience.

Commenting on the award, What Car? Editor, Steve Huntingford, said: “The Mazda MX-30 R-EV combines fun handling with a well-controlled ride, while its classy and distinctive interior features one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems around. In the real world, we also found the MX-30 R-EV to be much more sparing on petrol than its larger PHEV rivals. And unlike them, it doesn’t just make financial sense as a company car; it’s also a very cost-effective private purchase.”

The 2024 What Car? Plug-In Hybrid of the Year is available now where it’s currently offered with a half-price pod-point home charger for retail customers. Call 01905 828800 to arrange a test drive.

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