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We have a First Edition model on order for delivery in mid March. Polymetal Grey at no extra cost. I am told that Mazda have no charging cables in the UK so dealers are having to borrow them from other marques in order to charge up their demonstration models. My demo drive needed almost 80% battery to do a 70 mile trip – mainly at high speed with the heater on full. We are buying for specification and cost rather than range as we have a Mazda 6 for longer journeys. Prices from local dealers for a CX-5 trade-in were competitive.

I understand that most public charging points in Scotland are free to Scotland's residents after paying a £20 annual fee but this might change in future. Looking forward to its arrival and to making very short journeys which I have previously avoided in a petrol or diesel car.
 

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We have a First Edition model on order for delivery in mid March. Polymetal Grey at no extra cost. I am told that Mazda have no charging cables in the UK so dealers are having to borrow them from other marques in order to charge up their demonstration models. My demo drive needed almost 80% battery to do a 70 mile trip – mainly at high speed with the heater on full. We are buying for specification and cost rather than range as we have a Mazda 6 for longer journeys. Prices from local dealers for a CX-5 trade-in were competitive.

I understand that most public charging points in Scotland are free to Scotland's residents after paying a £20 annual fee but this might change in future. Looking forward to its arrival and to making very short journeys which I have previously avoided in a petrol or diesel car.
Welcome to the forum @aljshep! Congrats on ordering your First Edition MX-30! Free charging for a £20 is a pretty sweet deal, you can get your money's worth pretty quickly.

Were you considering any other vehicles aside from the MX-30?
 

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Were you considering any other vehicles aside from the MX-30?
Short answer “No”.

A week ago, my neighbour told me that he was thinking about buying an electric car. I had never even considered buying one. But I was not to be outdone so I immediately contacted three dealers to get a trade-in price for the CX-5. A few hours later I had signed up to buy. I had never even seen an MX-30 and was not even sure that they had reached the UK. (I now know that demo cars are here but customer cars arrive next month). Three days later I took a short test drive to meet the dealer in person and shake hands (touch elbows) on the deal. My neighbour then told me that he had changed his mind.

The MX-30 will be our fifth Mazda and for that reason alone, we chose it. Prior to that we had sixteen Saabs in a row but they stopped trading in 2010.
 

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Welcome @aljshep!
How are you planning to charge? Would love to know/see what your home charging setup is like!
Mazda UK are providing free home charging pods for early buyers. I am on the list but everything is so new that the dealer does not yet know how it will happen. Until it arrives, we have an external socket for the lawn mower that can be used. But I plan to utilise the free electricity from public charging points. Either in tourist areas where there is good walking and refreshments are available or in local towns. We plan to make journeys in order to get charged up. That is the beauty of retirement.
 

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Short answer “No”.

A week ago, my neighbour told me that he was thinking about buying an electric car. I had never even considered buying one. But I was not to be outdone so I immediately contacted three dealers to get a trade-in price for the CX-5. A few hours later I had signed up to buy. I had never even seen an MX-30 and was not even sure that they had reached the UK. (I now know that demo cars are here but customer cars arrive next month). Three days later I took a short test drive to meet the dealer in person and shake hands (touch elbows) on the deal. My neighbour then told me that he had changed his mind.

The MX-30 will be our fifth Mazda and for that reason alone, we chose it. Prior to that we had sixteen Saabs in a row but they stopped trading in 2010.
How have you been enjoying it since you picked it up?
 

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How have you been enjoying it since you picked it up?
Well it arrived 10 days early and five days ago. Possibly the first in Scotland? The free home charging point will be installed in three weeks time. Got a free 100% charge at a local public station yesterday and plan to get more.

Very happy with the way it drives. I particularly like the paddle operated 5 stages of regeneration and understand that not all EVs have this feature. But it would be so much better if the up/down arrows on the dash which indicate the current position could be shown in the HUD too.

I feel that Mazda has missed a trick in not fitting a storage space for the cables in the front, alongside the motor. Even if they do introduce a small “range extender” engine there in two years time, this is now and we are denied the opportunity to get the extra storage space.

We have made several short journeys as well as a number of fast motorway trips and like it, so no complaints on that score. We bought it as a second car, knowing that its range was lower than most and will use it for local trips. Luckily, we have a “6” for the longer journeys.
 
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