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Mazda CX-60 review

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Published: 03 May 2022
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Prototype’s hybrid powertrain needs work, but this should be a likeable family crossover

Good stuff

Logical and high-quality cabin, hybrid has plenty of oomph

Bad stuff

Hybrid clearly isn’t finished yet

Overview

What is it?

It’s Mazda’s flagship: the largest, 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 though: this is merely the first of a fleet of new hybrid Mazda crossovers. It’s larger in all dimensions than the fine but often unsung CX-5, and has more cabin space as you’d expect.

The CX-60 is priced to compete with the likes of Toyota’s impressive RAV4 plug-in hybrid, but also offer a semi-premium alternative to the BMW X3 and ageing Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.

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It looks like a more bluff CX-5, but manages to still maintain Mazda’s refreshingly clean design instead of spending on overwrought styling lines and creases to stand out. Inside there’s seating for five, and no option for seven seats. 

Tell me about the powertrain.

The plug-in hybrid teams a 2.5-litre 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 when running in EV mode the car remains four-wheel drive. 

Other CX-60s will have six-cylinder engines driving the rear wheels. Mazda’s going RWD as part of a push to crack the premium market, plus it’s advantageous for packaging. 

Isn’t Mazda dragging its feet on electrification?

Mazda has by no means been quick to rush toward EVs, preferring a more astute approach. But the MX-30 EV has sold 20,000 units since autumn 2020, which the company says it’s happy with, and there’s a range-extender coming soon with a rotary engine to maintain charge in the battery. There’ll be five mild hybrids, five plug-in hybrids and three totally new EVs in the Mazda range by 2025, with a new all-electric platform coming to support multiple e-crossovers. 

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Anything else I should know?

We test drove a late pre-production prototype 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 it is the usual definitive Top Gear verdict. Stay tuned for that this summer…

Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

Has the hallmarks of being another likeable Mazda, thanks to its very well-appointed and logical cabin, huge amount of standard kit and pleasant driving dynamics.

The CX-60 has the hallmarks of being another likeable Mazda, thanks to its very well-appointed and logical cabin, huge amount of standard kit and pleasant driving dynamics. The full verdict will land when we’ve tested more models, and in final production ready form.

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