2022 Mazda CX-60 Review

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Mazda, a brand that needs a lot more recognition than it gets. But, as with all manufacturers in recent years, they’ve been forced into chasing profits, which means SUVs. The latest and biggest vehicle for some time is here – the Mazda CX-60.

 

Looks

It’s big. Very big. Think Volvo XC90 big. Well, that’s probably its main competition, to be honest.

The CX-60 is incredibly slab-sided, that’s not a bad thing, but there’s just no real flair to the design as in the stunning Mazda 3. But in all reality, an SUV is an SUV is an SUV, they all look pretty identical.

At the back, the design does look somewhat dated. The short shelf life Mazda CX-7 from 2007 is a more unique design, and it’s a shame Mazda hasn’t gone down a more radical route. But when SUV sales prop up most major brands these days…you can see why.

 

Drive

There are two engine options: a 2.5-litre petrol plug-in hybrid or a 3.3-litre mild hybrid diesel, producing 323 and 251 bhp, respectively.

The hybrid system on the petrol couples a 173 BHP electric motor with a 17.8 kWh battery, making 500Nm of torque which gets put down onto the tarmac via an all-wheel drive system. 0-62 is a scarily rapid 5.8 seconds, impressive for a car weighing nearly 2.2 tons.

And yes, you do feel every bit of that weight. This is no Maserati Levante. Which made the Evo Triangle and surrounding roads an odd choice for the launch.

Granted, nobody will be hustling one of these along the finest Welsh mountain roads, ever. On turn-in, it almost feels like the back end follows the front after a short pause. Undulations also generate an extra ‘bump’ as the CX-60 settles back down.

Around town, the school run and motorway plodding will be absolutely fine, so the above is a moot point.

Acceleration is powerful when it comes, but there is a fairly pronounced delay from mashing the throttle and getting those horses going. This does shorten in Sport mode, but you’ll still have to plan your overtakes accordingly – something you’d get used to if you own one, I’m sure.

There’s an all-electric range of up to 39 miles from that reasonably large battery, as long as you stay under 62 MPH, which should be plenty for most short commutes. Official MPG is a ridiculous 188 because of that EV range, but we saw middling to high 30s during our Evo Triangle blitz. Emissions range from 129 to 139 g/km depending on model, engine spec etc.

 

Interior

Now, this is where the CX-60 stands outs most. The interior quality is second to none, easily on par with the likes of Volvo and, dare I say it, those two German brands too.

Mazda interiors always feel a step above the likes of Ford, Renault etc, but the CX-60 takes things to a new level. The detail in the stitching on the dash, for example, is incredible. Brushed silver trims adorn the doors and centre console, while the switchgear feels solid and expensive.

The 12.3-inch infotainment screen features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard; there are also two USB-C ports in both the front and back.

Those rear pillars are pretty broad though; thankfully, there’s blind spot monitoring and sensors front and rear, along with a camera.

Rear seat legroom is excellent, as you’d expect, but if you have a taller-than-average driver up front, it shrinks a fair amount. Head room is also good unless you’re approaching six foot; then you’ll start to touch the headlining.

Boot space is 570 litres, which increases to 1726 with the rear seats down. A flat load lip makes it easy to remove heavier items, and there’s also a 12V socket which is handy. The rear seats split 40/20/40.

 

Mazda CX-60 Conclusion

I love Mazda as a brand. I really do. But the CX-60 seems an odd choice for European markets at this time.

Huge great engines that will undoubtedly scare people off at face value alone, and at a time when petrol and diesel costs are about as unpredictable as our weather.

With prices starting at £45,420, it’s a big, well-equipped car for the money, it just needs to attract the right buyers, and I’m not sure the Mazda brand has the sort of cache to steal sales away from the likes of Volvo.

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