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Driven: 2022 Mazda CX-60. Image by Mazda.

Driven: 2022 Mazda CX-60
The CX-60 is Mazdaís largest and newest SUV, but is it as good as the popular CX-30 and CX-5 models?


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2022 Mazda CX-60

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Mazda is one of those car companies that always seems to pull brilliant cars out of the bag. Even its SUVs, which should be compromised and flawed, seem to instantly top the class in terms of drivability. So the stage is set for the new plug-in hybrid CX-60 to continue the trend, but is it capable of living up to expectations?

Test Car Specifications

Model: 2022 Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV Homura Auto
Price: from £48,170
Engine: 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol plus 129kW electric motor
Battery: 17.8kWh
Transmission: eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Power: 327hp
Torque: 500Nm
Emissions: 33g/km
Economy: 188.3mpg
Range: 39 miles
0-62mph: 5.8 seconds
Top speed: 124mph
Boot space: 570-1726 litres


Mazda has attempted to apply the styling that has served it so well on the CX-5 to the larger CX-60, and the results have been mixed. The car looks a bit bluff at the front, but it's far from offensive. It looks good from the back, too, but the impression from the side is a little bland, while viewing from the corners instantly reveals the enormity of its bulk. It's quite American in its attitude, and while it isn't the ugliest thing on the planet, it's far from the prettiest.


The highlight of the new CX-60 has to be the cabin, which is not only beautifully sculpted but also very well built. Itís every inch the premium SUV in there, with fabulous leather upholstery and a choice of trims, including cork Ė the material Mazda began trading in when it was founded. Thereís also a sharp infotainment system thatís controlled by a wheel on the centre console for minimal distraction when youíre driving and thereís a sharp digital instrument display behind the steering wheel. With the class and solidity of a car from a more upmarket manufacturer, itís the best interior in the segment.


As you might expect from a car this big, there's plenty of room inside the CX-60, but with a plug-in hybrid system on board, don't expect a third row of seats. Don't get us wrong, the five seats that are in place provide plenty of head- and legroom for all, but other cars of this size and weight do often provide seating for seven. Still, the CX-60 does come with an enormous boot measuring 570 litres with the rear seats upright. That should be more than enough for most customers, and those who do need more room can sacrifice those back seats to free up more than 1,700 litres of capacity.


Plug-in hybrids generally exist to be efficient, rather than powerful, but the CX-60 manages to achieve both. At least it does on paper. An electric-only range of 39 miles and 33g/km CO2 emissions will keep company car tax to a minimum, but the 188mpg official economy figure will only be achievable if you can charge regularly and most of your journeys are short. The bigger catch, however, is the lack of refinement. We kind of expect hybrids to be quiet, but the CX-60 is noisy even when it's running on electric power alone. And while it may have 327hp and a sub-six-second 0-62mph time, the petrol and electric motor don't combine all that well, leaving the car feeling jerky and agricultural.

Ride & Handling

The most apparent sensation when driving the CX-60 is one of weight. The brakes feel overworked and ineffective, the steering feels sluggish and it rides like a foundering ocean tanker. In short, itís nowhere near the standard weíve come to expect from Mazdaís SUVs. Where the CX-5 feels nimble and agile, the CX-60 wallows around through corners and lopes from place to place like a grumpy troll. And for all this softness, it isnít even that comfortable. The primary ride is pretty good on motorways, but it struggles over short, sharp bumps Ė perhaps because of its sheer bulk. Admittedly, it gets better as the speed rises, but itís never that brilliant, and it doesnít handle well enough to make up for it.


Prices for the CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV Ė thatís the proper name for this plug-in hybrid Ė start at just over £45,000, and thatís a lot of money for something that doesnít have a BMW badge on the front. That said, the CX-60 comes with plenty of kit as standard, including leather upholstery and a reversing camera, as well as two-zone climate control and a head-up display. Our Homura-spec test car also added black wheels and exterior trim, as well as heated rear seats and a Bose sound system.


The hybrid CX-60 is a rare swing and miss for Mazda, proving a tad too lumpen and detached for our liking. The cabin is roomy, stylish and well built, but even that glorious interior can't make up for the way in which the car handles, rides and burns its way through unleaded. You can't help but think it's going to be better when Mazda launches the six-cylinder diesel version...

James Fossdyke - 16 Nov 2022    - Mazda road tests
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