Mazda CX-60 Review 2024
Mazda CX-60 At A Glance
You could dismiss the new Mazda CX-60 as yet another attempt from a mainstream manufacturer to tap into the premium car market. But, with its lovely interior, bold exterior design and interesting engine line-up, we think it's worthy of a top spot on your family SUV shortlist.
The Mazda CX-60 is the biggest car in the brand's line-up, positioned above the Mazda CX-5 and intended to rival premium SUVs like the BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Lexus NX. It has a few tricks up its sleeve to make a splash amongst such esteemed competition - the first being value for money. Prices start from around £44,000 so, while we wouldn't call it a budget SUV, it does significantly undercut posh competitors.
You get a lot for your money, too. There are just three trim levels available (Exclusive-Line, Homura and Takumi). Even the most affordable Mazda CX-60 Exclusive-Line is comprehensively equipped with heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel and a user-friendly 12.3-inch navigation system. The CX-60 Homura looks a bit more stylish, with its gloss black exterior highlights and 20-inch alloy wheels, while inside you get Mazda's Driver Personalisation System (we'll come onto that) and a 12-speaker Bose surround sound system.
The top-spec Mazda CX-60 Takumi feels properly la-di-da with its white Nappa leather seats and white maple wood interior trim. It doesn't attract a top-drawer price tag, though - the range currently tops out at around £49,500.
Despite sitting above the CX-5 in Mazda's range, the CX-60 doesn't provide a great deal more interior space. It's only available with five seats, while its spacious boot isn't actually that much bigger than in the CX-5. You sit high up, which is great for that 'SUV feel', but its headroom is hindered slightly (especially when combined with the optional panoramic sunroof).
Being a Mazda, the CX-60 forges its own path in the technical department. Following the brand's 'right-sizing' approach, entry-level models are powered (amusingly) by a 3.3-litre diesel engine available with two outputs and a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive. This burbly six-cylinder engine is not without its charm, while its extra grunt could make it a good choice of tow car - but we reckon the plug-in hybrid will prove to be a more popular choice.
Combining a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and 17.8kWh battery pack, the Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid has an official electric range of 39 miles. That doesn't sound a lot compared to pure-electric alternatives like the Volkswagen ID.4 but, like all PHEVs, it will suit buyers looking for a car that can commute in silence during the week yet still has the ability to travel long distances at the weekend with minimal faff.
With 327PS and 500Nm of torque, the Mazda CX-60 PHEV is amusingly quick. It sounds it, too - but that's not necessarily a good thing. The engine roar can get a bit tiring when you just want to arrive at your destination in peace.
Mazda has a reputation for selling cars that can out-handle the best in their class. It's certainly true that the CX-60's steering is as direct and communicative as you'd expect from a brand that also sells the MX-5 sports car, but it hasn't worked miracles here. You're well aware that you're driving a large, heavy SUV - especially when you clout a pothole.
Still, the Mazda CX-60 is a very appealing SUV that slots neatly between cars like the Toyota RAV4 and more premium alternatives like the Audi Q5. We don't envy Mazda's marketing department for having to turn the heads of traditional premium car buyers but, with its bold looks and superb interior, there's a distinct appeal to the CX-60.