I just saw a Youtube video where someone cancelled their MG reservation. The reason: everything just felt cheap and flimsy.
In that video, the vlogger is considering changing from the well regarded Kona EV ($74,000 - $80,000 in NZ), to a MG ZS EV ($50k in NZ). Frankly I'm not surprised they weren't satisfied with the car. Note that much of the video related to rust, something that is much more of a problem in the UK.
Mazda has finally decided to get into the EV game: https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/road-tests/115270942/we-drive-mazdas-firstever-electric-vehicle
Rather than admit that they're late to the game and that their offering is extremely underwhelming compared to what every other manufacture is doing, they're trying to spin some "well to wheel" BS that explains why their battery will be so small. At $65k I can't see why anyone would buy this over a Niro or Kona which have double the battery capacity for not a lot more.
Totally agree. Even MG crossover hatch has a bigger battery (44.5kWh) and is $15K cheaper.....For the $65k Mazda is asking for I'd add $8k and get a Tesla Model 3 Standard Rage +.
With regards to the Mazda, The $65k pricepoint is just guesswork by the author. Pay no attention to it.
I think the specs are extremely disappointing for a car that that is expected in late 2020 or early 2021. The vast majority of electric vehicle's available New in NZ now exceed that battery comparison, and further improvement can be expect in 18 months time (i.e. introduction of the Leaf e+)
Even though the specs are disappointing, I don't think it should be compared to the MG, even if the MG beats it on battery capacity. The MG is a low cost offering, the petrol version of the MG ZS starts at NZD24k+ORC, where the Mazda CX3 starts at $32k +ORC. It think the VW e-golf would be a better comparison. Same sized pack, similar power $68500 list price.
But yeah, if you can stretch your budget to a base model 3, (and don't need a short hatchback for parking) then the value offering gets much better. Pretty much the only car that can competed with the base model 3 for value is the Kona, and only if a super long range or small exterior size is more important than every other aspect of the car.