MAZDA

MAZDA CX-60 ESTATE 2.5 PHEV Takumi 5dr Auto [Convenience Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.8s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

The Mazda CX-60 aims to establish Mazda in the premium part of the upper mid-sized SUV segment. In this, it'll be aided by sharp driving dynamics, a refreshing different and rather classy cabin and the option of a PHEV powertrain with a 37 mile driving range. It's most affordable than obvious rivals, better equipped - and really rather different.

CX TORQUE

Mazda enters the larger section of the mid-sized SUV segment with this very premium-feeling CX-60. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Mazda CX-60 aims to establish Mazda in the premium part of the upper mid-sized SUV segment. In this, it'll be aided by sharp driving dynamics, a refreshing different and rather classy cabin and the option of a PHEV powertrain with a 37 mile driving range. It's most affordable than obvious rivals, better equipped - and really rather different.

Background

It's been a very long time since Mazda had any sort of properly large luxury car. The last time it launched one (the Xedos 9 in 1994), it didn't feel confident that the Mazda badge would be premium enough, but there are no such inhibitions here with this CX-60. It's an SUV (of course), one of several large models from the brand due imminently; this is a 5-seat crossover aimed at cars like the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. A 7-seat version, the CX-80, is planned to follow, which will target cars like the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90. Like those models, this Mazda offers plug-in hybrid tech, which is what this CX-60 launched with and which will interest the majority of customers. Most of them won't want the alternative mild hybrid petrol and diesel six cylinder options you can ask your dealer about. But is this car properly 'premium'? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Mazda has identified - rightly - that, with a couple of noticeable exceptions in this class (think BMW X3 and Porsche Macan), mid-sized SUVs of this sort are somewhat uninspiring to drive. It was determined that the CX-60 should be better and to that end, Mazda has developed the 'Kinetic Posture Control' system from its MX-5 sports roadster to work for this large crossover. This brakes the inside rear wheel when powering through turns, which better manages body control and helps to settle the car. In this, the set-up's helped by a low centre of gravity, a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension system and various selectable drive modes. What about engines? Well most UK customers will want the Plug-in model, which uses a 2.5-litre four cylinder petrol engine paired with a 100kW electric motor. There's an 8-speed auto gearbox, 4WD is standard and total output is 323bhp, good enough to power this substantial SUV to 62mph in 5.8s, which for reference is 0.3s faster than a rival BMW X3 xDrive30e. The 17.8kWh battery pack offers a 39 mile driving range. If you'd like a PHEV alternative, Mazda has developed two 48V mild hybrid six cylinder powerplants for this car. There's a 3.3-litre diesel. And a 3.0-litre petrol unit, this using Mazda's clever SPCCI compression-ignition tech for enhanced efficiency.

Design and Build

You'd certainly recognise this as a Mazda - which might not necessarily be a good thing for this car's premium aspirations, particularly as it might be mistaken for the company's mid-sized CX-5 SUV at first glance. It's actually quite a lot bigger than one of those, measuring 4,745mm long, 1,890mm wide and 1,675mm high. The styling is heavily influenced by the brand's 2017 'Vision Coupe' concept, but features a flatter treatment for the front end and, obviously since it's a crossover, quite a different profile silhouette. Inside, Mazda's usual 'Jinba Ittai' ('horse and rider') driver-focused design philosophy prevails, but here it's been upgraded with higher quality materials and greater attention to detail. And more technology of course: the 12.3-inch central touchscreen is the largest the brand has ever offered. As usual for the class, there's comfortable space for two adults in the back and room at a squash for three. And a decent-sized boot that isn't too impeded by the battery pack on the Plug-in version. It's 477-litres in size (570-litres including the under-floor compartment); fold the rear bench and you can extend capacity to 1,726-litres. If you need third row seating, you'll need to ask your dealer about the forthcoming 7-seat CX-80 version of this car.

Market and Model

The CX-60 is offered in the UK in three highly specified trim grades: 'Exclusive-Line' (priced from around £44,000), 'Homura' (priced from around £47,000) and 'Takumi' (priced from around £48,000). Across the range, customer choice is further enhanced with the ability to add two option packs - the 'Convenience Pack' and the 'Driver Assistance Pack', with a further 'Comfort Pack' available with base 'Exclusive-Line' trim. There's the additional option to specify a Panoramic roof on 'Homura' and 'Takumi' models. To give you some class perspective, rival Lexus NX 450+ and BMW X3 xDrive30e models start at around £50,000. You get more equipment with the CX-60 too. The mid-range 'Homura' variant most UK customers are expected to want is visually distinguished from the base 'Exclusive-Line' version by body coloured wheel arch mouldings and a dark plated signature wing grille surround, plus gloss black mirrors and honeycomb grille treatment, while 20-inch black alloy wheels finish the exterior look. Inside, the 'Homura' grade features seat heating for the outer rear seats and ambient lighting, plus it's equipped with the Mazda Driver Personalisation System that will recognise the occupant of the driver's seat via facial recognition and automatically adjust the surroundings. Top 'Takumi'-spec gets you 20-inch black machined alloy wheels and body-coloured mirrors, combined with chrome plated signature wing grille treatment and side window surrounds, while the gloss black bar type radiator grille design is another feature unique to this flagship grade.

Cost of Ownership

The CO2 efficiency figures for the PHEV version are rated between 33 and 37g/km, which entitles owners to a low 12% Benefit-in-Kind tax banding. That means a lower monthly tax liability too of course, rated for base 'Exclusive' trim at £88 for 20% tax payers and £176 for 40% tax payers. The combined cycle fuel figure - 188.3mpg - is as real world-irrelevant as it is with any other PHEV. Indeed, if you don't regularly plug the thing in, you'll just be driving about in quite a heavy petrol-powered SUV, which isn't a very frugal thing at all. But if you make use of the 37 mile all-electric driving range, then you can expect this car to be about as frugal as a good SUV diesel in this class. And of course, it'll be a lot cheaper to tax, as we said earlier. Charging time from a 7kW garage wallbox should be about two and a half hours. There's no option to get a three-phase 11kW charger or a DC charger. We should additionally mention the warranty, the usual unremarkable Mazda three year / 60,000 mile package. You can manage maintenance with a useful 'My Mazda App', which can give you reminders about servicing and through which you can book your car in at your local dealership and access a digitally-stored record of your model's service history.

Summary

Whether customers in this segment will view the Mazda badge on this model as being properly 'premium', it's difficult to say. As far as we're concerned, the car itself certainly is, in every way that really matters. The cabin's beautifully finished and refreshingly different from anything else in the segment. And Mazda's put some effort into making this CX-60 more engaging to drive than most of its rivals, most notably with its 'Kinetic Posture Control' system. On top of all of this, it'll count significantly in this Mazda's favour that it's considerably more affordable than its more established premium segment mid-sized SUV rivals, particularly in the PHEV form that most customers here will want. It'll be a pity if all of this worthy effort is shipwrecked on the rocks of badge snobbery. The CX-60 deserves better. Over to you.

  • Rear wiper
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch auto up/down
  • Rain sensing front wipers with adjustable sensitivity and speed

  • Hill decent control
  • Front smart city brake support
  • Hill launch assist
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto disengage function and auto hold function
  • Traction control
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control

  • Mi-Drive (Normal, Sport, Off-road, Towing and EV mode)

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • E-call with GPS
  • Integrated bluetooth

  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Cruise control
  • Power assisted steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Reversing camera with static guide lines
  • Power start/stop button

  • Power lift gate with handsfree function

  • 12.3" TFT Colour display
  • Emergency lane keeping with blind spot assist
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Windscreen projected colour active driving display (head up display) with traffic sign recognition/full driving informationi
  • Driver monitoring system
  • Trip computer
  • Head up Display
  • Mazda Navigation System with european mapping
  • Multimedia Commander

  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Auto dimming driver's door mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable, heated auto power folding door mirrors
  • Memory wing mirror

  • Vinyl leather door panel trim
  • White maple wood centre console panel
  • Dashboard panel cloth with detailed stitching

  • USB-C inputs (x2 front and x2 rear)
  • AM/FM radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/bluetooth controls
  • Bose surround sound system with 12 Speaker, Bose center point, Bass match and audio pilot technology

  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Roof spoiler
  • Gloss black bar type front grille
  • Bright decoration panel
  • Body coloured wheel arch and side mouldings
  • Chrome finish signature wing in front grille
  • B-pillar and C-pillar garnishes in gloss black finish
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Chrome plating front side garnish

  • LED 3rd brake light
  • LED auto headlight levelling
  • Chrome headlight lense
  • Headlight washers
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • LED headlamps
  • LED rear signature combination lamps
  • LED signature daytime running lights
  • High beam control

  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning with rear air vents

  • Front centre storage with two cupholders
  • Folding rear centre armrest with two cup holders
  • Karakuri tonneau cover
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Leather wrapped gear shift knob
  • Roof mounted sunglasses holder
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Cargo net
  • Electric telescopic and tilt adjustment steering wheel
  • Seatback pocket rear and front driver and passenger seats
  • 12v electrical power outlet
  • 12v Electrical power outlet located in center console
  • Chrome interior trim accents with steering wheel centre bezel, surround of engine start / stop button and glove box handle
  • Driver, front passenger and two rear door pockets
  • Driver and front passenger two rear grab handles with rear coat hooks
  • Paddle shift

  • LED illumination luggage compartment
  • Front down lamp with front and rear foot lamps
  • Glovebox illumination
  • Ambient lighting

  • Convenience Pack - CX-60

  • Front dual stage driver and single stage front passenger airbags
  • 3 point ELR front seat belts x2 with pretensioners
  • 3 point ELR rear seat belts
  • Active bonnet
  • Front side airbags
  • Manual rear child locks
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seats

  • Heated front seats with 3 stage setting
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Adjustable headrests
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Single front passenger seat
  • 40/20/40 split fold down rear seats
  • Remote fold down rear seats
  • Driver seat electric tilt, slide, recline, height and lumbar adjustment
  • Heated outer rear seats with 3-stage setting
  • Front seat ventilation with 3-stage setting
  • Front passengers seat electric slide, recline, height and lumbar adjustment

  • Smart keyless entry
  • Remote central locking with deadlocking and automatic door lock when driving
  • Thatcham accredited alarm and immobiliser

  • Driver and front passenger visors with covered vanity mirror and driver ticket holder

  • Type 2 Mode 2 cable for AC charging via UK 3-pin plug
  • Type 2 Mode 3 cable for AC charging via home or public charge points
  • 7.2 kw On board Charger

  • 20" Black metallic mechined alloy wheels

  • Emergency tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 240
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.2
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 17.8
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 39
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: N
  • Charging Port Location: Right Side Rear

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 33

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 89
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 100
  • CC: 2488
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 188.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Takumi
  • Coin Description: PHEV
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 327
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - BHP: 327
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.8
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - KW: 241
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2134
  • Height: 1680
  • Length: 4745
  • Width: 1890
  • Wheelbase: 2870

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1995
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2667
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 570
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2500
  • Max. Loading Weight: 672
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1726

  • Special metallic paint: £900
  • Premium metallic paint: £750
  • Metallic paint: £650
  • Mica paint: £650
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Driver Assistance Pack - CX-60: £1,100

  • Metallic - Platinum quartz: £650
  • Metallic - Sonic silver: £650

  • Mica - Jet black: £650
  • Mica - Deep crystal blue: £650

  • Solid - Arctic white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Rhodium white: £750
  • Special metallic - Soul red crystal: £900
  • Premium metallic - Machine grey: £750

  • Nappa leather - White: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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