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Had my 2nd test drive yesterday, i am also considering the MG ES EV Long Range. (Much faster, longer range, but cheap looking interior and looks like a standard SUV).
My only issue is the cork, its frankly horrid and i am concerned over time it will get dirty and hold that dirt it.
I thought about using black wrapping or simply dying with black varnish..
Any found a trick ?

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As a belt and braces to the existing so called sealant I used Rust-Oleum crystal clear spray to double seal all the cork from sticky little fingers. Time will tell but it makes me feel better. As for the colour I personally like it as it goes with the seat trim.

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Hi

Had my 2nd test drive yesterday, i am also considering the MG ES EV Long Range. (Much faster, longer range, but cheap looking interior and looks like a standard SUV).
My only issue is the cork, its frankly horrid and i am concerned over time it will get dirty and hold that dirt it.
I thought about using black wrapping or simply dying with black varnish..
Any found a trick ?

Cheers

Craig
Hi Craig,
Well taste is divided like the, you know, thingy you sit on. Personally, I find glossy piano black horrid and rather revolting. The cork has a lovely texture and interestingly Mazda started out as a cork producer. Dont let the cork put you off. With time maybe you will appreciate it at least a tiny bit.
Its simple, minimalistic, classy, Japanese and just kind of practical if you run out of cork🤣🤣🤣
 

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I’m not keen on cork in a car either, but I can confirm that it is a very hard wearing material. We can reasonably expect a 10 to 15 year life span.
 

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Hi

Had my 2nd test drive yesterday, i am also considering the MG ES EV Long Range. (Much faster, longer range, but cheap looking interior and looks like a standard SUV).
My only issue is the cork, its frankly horrid and i am concerned over time it will get dirty and hold that dirt it.
I thought about using black wrapping or simply dying with black varnish..
Any found a trick ?

Cheers

Craig
The cork is amazing! I absolutely LOVE the look of it. I was told by the dealership that Mazda actually mixed the cork with a protective putty. You can notice it and feel it in person. That way spills just wipe off with water and the cork stays protected! So far that’s exactly what I’ve experienced!
 

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The cork is amazing! I absolutely LOVE the look of it. I was told by the dealership that Mazda actually mixed the cork with a protective putty. You can notice it and feel it in person. That way spills just wipe off with water and the cork stays protected! So far that’s exactly what I’ve experienced!
Your insight is scarily accurate. Its an honour that people like you post on this forum. 🤣🤣🤣
 

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Hi

Had my 2nd test drive yesterday, i am also considering the MG ES EV Long Range. (Much faster, longer range, but cheap looking interior and looks like a standard SUV).
My only issue is the cork, its frankly horrid and i am concerned over time it will get dirty and hold that dirt it.
I thought about using black wrapping or simply dying with black varnish..
Any found a trick ?

Cheers

Craig
Oddly I test drove both. Have been a mazda man for the last 10 years+ but unfortunately made the wrong decision this time. Range (yeah,yeah I know) was lucky to get 80 miles and on a daily commute of 60 that wasn't great. Wish I had gone for the longer range of the MG. Got rid of mx30 after 3 months. Speaking to the dealer who I have a long relationship with (10+ mazdas for family over last 5/6 years) told me that out of all the cars he sold, 95% have been traded back in. Range being the major issue. Fantastic car to drive, smooth, usual mazda build quality but....

Now happily back to a CX30, having gone from tree hugging environmentalist to diesel :) Life is strange.
 

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Oddly I test drove both. Have been a mazda man for the last 10 years+ but unfortunately made the wrong decision this time. Range (yeah,yeah I know) was lucky to get 80 miles and on a daily commute of 60 that wasn't great. Wish I had gone for the longer range of the MG. Got rid of mx30 after 3 months. Speaking to the dealer who I have a long relationship with (10+ mazdas for family over last 5/6 years) told me that out of all the cars he sold, 95% have been traded back in. Range being the major issue. Fantastic car to drive, smooth, usual mazda build quality but....

Now happily back to a CX30, having gone from tree hugging environmentalist to diesel :) Life is strange.
That's a shame but understandable. I'm afraid that the poor range is acceptable for comparatively few people and the issue is compounded by the fact that few achieve even 80% of the range as advertised. For myself, being retired, I very rarely travel more than 70 miles in a day and when I do, I've got the time to spend hunting down working public chargers and can regard it as an adventure rather than a chore. Each to their own I suppose and I'm not surprised that the majority find that these so called "right size" battery equipped cars like the MX30, the Honda e and the Mini SE aren't suitable for their needs.
 

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With gas and diesel prices skyrocketing we back home in rural Sweden are surrounded by folks who whished they had chosen an EV.
It all boils down to how you use your car presumeably? In the countryside you are constantly doing short trips. Its part of your daily life. To work, school, shopping, groceries, the vets etc etc.
IF this is your second car and you dont plan to use it for road trips its terrific. Fantastic even.
A few years ago bought a big diesel estate. Absolutely convinced we would go skiing in the mountains, go to France even. In the end the longest trip we did was to the parking lot of the closest major airport. Sad but true.
So range is a bit like beauty. Its all in the eyes of the beholder.
 

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Your insight is scarily accurate. Its an honour that people like you post on this forum. 🤣🤣🤣
I think that's a compliment? LOL. I read everything about the MX-30 daily and I'm obsessed with it. Plus the guy showing us around the car at the dealership was VERY knowledgable about it. I was impressed with how much he knew since it's Mazda's first EV.
 

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Had my second test drive yesterday, I'm likewise thinking about the MG ES EV Long Range. (A lot quicker, longer reach, yet modest looking inside and resembles a standard SUV).
My main issue is the plug, its honestly awful and I'm worried over the long run it will get grimy and hold that soil it.
 

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Love mine . But am swopping it for a Ford Mustang Mach e. Basically for a longer range. I hope to get a range around the 280 mile. I appreciate iI won’t get anywhere near to the claimed 379 mile range but as other people have commented, on a cold day here in the uk the range on the Mazda can be as low as 85 miles.
Am sure I will miss this car.
 

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I respect your decision John, but just out of interest, are you driving 80+ miles per day quite frequently, or are you wanting to have that extra range so that you don't have to rely on our charging infrastructure on those comparatively rare occasions when you do go further? Or should I mind my own business?! :)
 

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I respect your decision John, but just out of interest, are you driving 80+ miles per day quite frequently, or are you wanting to have that extra range so that you don't have to rely on our charging infrastructure on those comparatively rare occasions when you do go further? Or should I mind my own business?! :)
I have just recently sold a BMW X6M plus the other cars I have are all two seater sport cars. The mazda was really all along an introduction to an electric vehicle. I don’t want to miss the performance the X6M gave me and it’s load carrying ability. I certainly won’t miss the £600 + a year road tax and the 18 mpg on super unleaded. Looking at the stats for the Ford Mustang Mache GT it will give me the performance thrill and just about the load carrying that I sometimes require.
The Mx-30 as certainly proved value for money and I wouldn’t hesitate it recommending it to anyone who can live with the range. I was going to trade it in but I have now decided to keep it for a month or two after the Mach e arrives. You never know I might end up keeping it (don’t tell the wife the idea was to reduce the car collection).
I am a born worrier and the range in the MX-30 is a concern. I have a charger at home and at the office which is only 18 miles away, however the odd trip out say on a 150 mile trip would worry me. I don’t drink coffee and don’t enjoy motorway services so a 45 minute wait doesn’t appeal to me.
On another note I have done nearly 8,000 miles in my MX-30 first edition and trade offers were nearly what I paid for it in August 2021.
 

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I can certainly understand your reasoning there John and I'm sure you'll enjoy the extra pep and range which the Mustang offers - horses for courses eh 🤭. It's good to read that you've enjoyed your MX30 and might keep it. I'm a low-miler and don't mind the odd recharge in the wild so the car suits my needs very well; I hope that your Mustang works out well for you.
 

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I have just recently sold a BMW X6M plus the other cars I have are all two seater sport cars. The mazda was really all along an introduction to an electric vehicle. I don’t want to miss the performance the X6M gave me and it’s load carrying ability. I certainly won’t miss the £600 + a year road tax and the 18 mpg on super unleaded. Looking at the stats for the Ford Mustang Mache GT it will give me the performance thrill and just about the load carrying that I sometimes require.
The Mx-30 as certainly proved value for money and I wouldn’t hesitate it recommending it to anyone who can live with the range. I was going to trade it in but I have now decided to keep it for a month or two after the Mach e arrives. You never know I might end up keeping it (don’t tell the wife the idea was to reduce the car collection).
I am a born worrier and the range in the MX-30 is a concern. I have a charger at home and at the office which is only 18 miles away, however the odd trip out say on a 150 mile trip would worry me. I don’t drink coffee and don’t enjoy motorway services so a 45 minute wait doesn’t appeal to me.
On another note I have done nearly 8,000 miles in my MX-30 first edition and trade offers were nearly what I paid for it in August 2021.
"Dont enjoy motorway services." That's very funny and so very true at the same time. One wonders who does? In my humble experience the number of times I had to fast charge for 45 minutes are very limited indeed.
Maybe you can try to hide your MX 30 someplace out of your wife's sight? Recognize this issue all too well🤣🤣🤣. Me I stick to the original plan. Will not sell the Mazda before 60000 miles or possibly 120000. In it for the long haul. Best of luck!
 

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For me, the MX-30 is perfect if your normal daily use is less than 80-90 miles. The equipment on it/spec beats anything else in the same price bracket. If normal daily use is more than 80-90 miles, then the MG is a great car and probably offers the best value.

My wife has just bought a Volvo C-40. We rapid charged at the weekend and it reached a charging speed of 154kw/h. I do admit to being somewhat jealous - fastest I've ever had on my MX-30 was 37kw/h in the middle of summer!
 
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