Mazda CX-60 review

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What is?

It’s Mazda’s flagship: the biggest, most expensive SUV it’ll sell you in Europe and also its first plug-in hybrid. Add a “for now” caveat to all of the above: This is just the first in a fleet of new hybrid crossovers from Mazda. It’s bigger in every dimension than the slim but often misunderstood CX-5, and it has more cabin space than you’d expect.

The CX-60 is priced to rival Toyota’s impressive RAV4 plug-in hybrid, but it also offers a semi-premium alternative to the BMW X3 and the older Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.

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It looks like a more impressive CX-5, but manages to retain Mazda’s refreshingly clean design rather than spend on heavy styling lines and creases to stand out. Inside, there are five seats and no option for seven.

Tell me about the drivetrain.

The plug-in hybrid combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to drive all four wheels. The motor lives between the engine and gearbox and has its own clutch, so even in EV mode the car remains four-wheel drive.

Other CX-60s will have six-cylinder engines that drive the rear wheels. Mazda is going RWD as part of a push to enter the high-end market, plus it’s advantageous to the package.

Is Mazda dragging its feet on electrification?

Mazda never rushed to launch electric vehicles, preferring a more cunning approach. But the MX-30 EV has sold 20,000 units since fall 2020, which the company says it’s happy with, and a range extender with a rotary motor to keep the battery charged will be available soon. There will be five mild hybrids, five plug-in hybrids and three all-new electric vehicles in Mazda’s lineup by 2025, with a new all-electric platform supporting multiple e-crossovers.

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Anything else I should know?

We tested a pre-production prototype of the late CX-60 in the spring of 2022. Final software and calibration hadn’t been applied, so this is much more of a first impression than Top’s usual final verdict. Look out for this summer…

Our choice of the range.

Mazda CX-60 review: Solid SUV is Mazda's first plug-in hybrid
mazda
2.5 e-Skyactiv Homura Auto 5-door
£46,645

What’s the verdict?

It has the hallmarks of being another likeable Mazda, thanks to its very well-appointed and logical cabin, loads of standard equipment, and pleasing driving dynamics.

The CX-60 has the hallmarks of being another nice Mazda, thanks to its very well-appointed and logical cabin, lots of standard equipment, and pleasing driving dynamics. The full verdict will come when we have tested more models and in final, production-ready form.

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