Verdict

It’s early days with the Mazda CX-60, but it surely has settled into household life in a short time. We’re very impressed by the area, high quality and tech it presents, and whereas it does have a number of tough edges, time will inform simply how a lot of a difficulty they’ll be.

  • Mileage: 1,860
  • Economy: 40.2mpg

It’s not typically that I will be accused of being an early adopter. But on condition that my new fleet automotive, a Mazda CX-60, registers
a few notable firsts for the Japanese firm, I’ve to plead responsible.

You see, not solely does this automotive signify the primary time Mazda has focused the UK’s premium SUV market, it’s additionally the corporate’s first plug-in hybrid. And that makes the CX-60 a captivating mannequin to place by way of a long-term analysis.

We assessed the automotive in a group test, and though it narrowly misplaced out to the victorious Lexus NX, the “spectacular” Mazda did declare the notable scalp of the Volvo XC60. Our testers had loads of constructive issues to say concerning the CX-60, so I eagerly awaited the arrival of my new automotive. And when the day got here, I went and picked up it from Mazda HQ, the place I may discover out extra concerning the automotive – and the corporate’s aspirations for it.

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The very first thing I realized from product specialist Stephen Bird was that only a few CX-60 patrons have been coming to the automotive from different Mazdas. In reality, the corporate has seen a excessive proportion of patrons buying and selling in Volkswagens, BMWs and Mercedes. Which means it got here as no shock to listen to that the typical value of the 600 CX-60s Mazda UK had offered by mid-November was greater than £50,000.

In that sense, each I and my automotive are very typical. Not solely have I by no means run a Mazda, this automotive can also be in top-spec Takumi trim, with a price ticket of £53,520, together with choices. Just over a 3rd of patrons have chosen the identical trim (mid-range Homura is the largest vendor, taking 52 per cent of gross sales), however the Soul Red paint on my automotive is much and away the most well-liked color amongst patrons. Despite being a £900 possibility (the costliest of the optionally available finishes), it’s being chosen by 33 per cent of householders.

So far, there’s no actual sample to CX-60 house owners, so my spouse, our eight-year-old daughter and I can’t essentially declare to have a lot in frequent with different prospects. But what I can say is that the large Mazda has tailored in a short time to the calls for of this comparatively small household.

Above all, having been used to extra compact automobiles previously, we’ve been delighted by the sheer quantity of area on provide. The two adults up entrance have loads of room, and our daughter stress-free within the equally accommodating again quickly realized to drop the central armrest to place her gentle toys inside simpler attain. The huge boot, too, has been a godsend, first on a half-term journey to north Wales after which on common visits to Sussex, the place I’m serving to to clear my mother and father’ home after my mom died final 12 months.

My hope is that we’ll discover the plug-in hybrid powertrain equally suited to our way of life. The concept is that, with my spouse and I each nearly solely working from residence, our weekly mileage shall be fairly low, and simply carried out on electrical energy alone. We have off-street parking and might run a cost cable out underneath the storage door. We don’t have a wallbox, however even from a daily, three-pin home socket, it’s simple to do a full cost in a single day.

One top-up is normally sufficient for our pottering round within the week, after which we’ve the petrol engine to assist out on longer journeys. But even I’ll confess that within the automotive’s first few weeks with us, the stability of the mileage was on lengthy journeys. With that in thoughts, 40.2mpg isn’t too dangerous from a 2.5-litre petrol SUV, however I totally anticipate that determine to enhance because the stability shifts again to shorter journeys.

Mind you, I’ve no difficulty with the CX-60 over lengthy distances. On the opposite, our after-work journey to Wales on a Friday night by way of dreadful visitors and even worse climate was a transparent demonstration of the Mazda’s skills and its glorious driver-assistance tech. Our daughter was glad listening to her audiobook through Apple CarPlay, whereas I used to be delighted that the adaptive cruise management and lane-keep help made such gentle work of the heavy visitors.

Some of those options are included within the £1,100 optionally available Driver Assistance Pack, and the quantity I take advantage of them has already confirmed that it was cash properly spent. The similar goes for the Convenience Pack, which features a 360-degree monitor, wi-fi cellphone charging and rear privateness glass.

I’m much less satisfied concerning the Panoramic sunroof, particularly on condition that I selected the white inside trim, which immediately makes the cabin really feel extra ethereal than the choice black color scheme. However, we’re but to see how that pale materials copes with the type of onslaught that solely household life and an eight-year-old armed with a pack of Mini Cheddars can muster. As is at all times the case with these exams, time will inform…

Model: Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV Takumi
On fleet since: October 2022
Price new: £49,520 (£53,520 with choices)
Engine: 2.5-litre petrol + e-motor, 323bhp
CO2/tax: 33g/km/12%
Options: Soul Red Crystal paint (£900), Convenience pack (£1,000), Driver Assistance Pack (£1,100), Panoramic sunroof (£1,000) 
Insurance*: Group: 44/Quote: £1,021
Mileage: 1,860
Economy: 40.2mpg
Any issues? None to date

*Insurance quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three factors.

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