The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Stylish, smart & spacious

Starting price: £45,420

The Pros

Practical passenger space

Good boot space and design

Lots of kit at entry level

Cons

3 year warranty

Slightly higher price tag compared to direct competitors

Intro

For driving around town or even a quick burst down an ‘A’ road the CX-60 was all quite effortless. First impressions really did change our perception of a Mazda. Aesthetically inside and out this model could rival some of the premium brands such as Audi and Jaguar.  We rather liked it!

The CX-60 is Mazda’s flagship model and first petrol Plug-in hybrid (PHEV).  There is also a diesel engine and the CX-60 has 3 trim levels to choose from.  The electric range is up to 39 miles and, bearing in mind the majority of us only drive about 15 miles a day, this is can certainly cover a few schools runs and pickups.  We sat behind the wheel of the Exclusive Line PHEV which is the entry level and pricing starts at £45,420.  Some of the key rivals such as the Toyota RAV 4 are sharper when it comes to the pricing, but the CX-60 entry level does come with bags of extras included.  This entry level comes in a rather cool artic white, but if you want to add a bit colour this will set you back a further £650.  Our model was aptly named ‘sonic silver’.

From 20% up to 80% charge it will take up to 5 hours by using a home 3 pin socket.  However, with a wall box, charging up to 80% can take as little as 1.5 hours.  When changing to a PHEV vehicle the charging, rather like your mobile phone, becomes an almost everyday habit.  Although with family life always being busy, and whilst you have good intention to plug in the car, there is always a drama or a distraction to put you off!

Even though the front of the car looks quite long, there is really good visibility once you are in the driving seat.  You certainly won’t have to worry about pulling out of a side road.  We put our foot down, and as per what it says on the tin, the car hits 62mph in under 6 seconds.  The entry level includes front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. For the 360-degree camera you will need to upgrade to the Convenience Package.  That said parking, either using the tech or good old-fashioned mirrors, was all very simple even for those who struggle.  If you need to go off road or even slip into EV mode then the MI-Drive button, in front of the gear changer, is simple flick of the switch.

Interior

The interior is both smart and elegant.  You immediately feel that you are in a premium car.  All models have a heated leather steering wheel which is great for thawing out brittle winter hands!  If like us, you share your car with your partner who leaves the seat miles back and the mirror pointing to the sky, you could treat yourself to the facial recognition upgrade.  This tech cleverly reverts the seat, steering wheel position, mirrors and even head-up display to your preferences every time you pop yourself in the driving seat. Voila!

The driver’s display is crisp and clear. There are some fun graphics and colour when you turn the car on or change the driving mode.  To the left of this is your 12.3 inch infotainment screen which is mainly controlled by the rotary dial especially when moving.  The dial is super simple to use and you can find your radio station or navigation whilst keeping your eyes on the road.  You also have the easy option, if your passengers are not too rowdy, to use the voice control.  We naturally found the car to react better than our children.

The steering wheel also has functionality buttons such as volume and mobile calls.

Lovely heated seats in the front are standard and the buttons for both heated bottoms and dual zone climate control are perfectly positioned and reactive.

For £1,000 you can opt for the panoramic sunroof to keep the cloud gazers happy.

Seats & Passenger Space

Entry model has the perfect family friendly black leather trim which will cope with life’s knocks and spillages.  However, if you go for the top of the range, Takumi, then the seats come in white Nappa leather which looks incredible and something we aspire to once our children have flown the nest! Ventilated front seats and rear heated come with an upgrade price tag.

The seats in both the front and back are comfortable and both have a squishy arm rest with two hidden cup holders.

Just to note that in the door handle, by the driver’s seat, there are window locks to prevent small hands playing with the windows in the back.

The rear bench has good leg room and height plus a flat floor.  3 teens can sit across the back seat or alternatively 2 isofix car seats and a small bottom in-between. However, a standard booster could not fit between 2 car seats.

Cups & Cubby

Some great practical spaces can be found in the CX-60.  To the right of the steering wheel there is a small, pull-down compartment.  A good spot to hide house keys or a bank card.  The middle arm rest opens up to reveal a good storage space.  2 cup holders can be found hidden under a tambour mini cupboard next to the gear stick.  We always love finding the hidden spots and this car has the all-important sunglasses holder in the roof close to the mirror (a preventative from passengers sitting on them!).  The glove box is rather pokey and just about fits the manual and a couple of bags of emergency Haribo.

For all the iPads and teen phones, the car has 4 USB-c ports.  2 of the ports along with a 12V socket can be found in the rear. Hopefully this should help maintain a quiet life on those longer drives.

The pockets on the back of the front seats are very slim and just about large enough to store an iPad.  Finally, as mentioned earlier, the arm rest when pulled down has 2 good grippy cup holders.

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Boot Space

All models have the electric tailgate.  Such a game changer when you maybe balancing shopping bags or a toddler on your hip.  All you need to do is swing your foot underneath the sensor and the boot will open.

The boot size is a comfortable 570 litres and thankfully it does not have a load lip. With all the seats down, you will have whopping 1726 litres.  Plenty of space for flat pack furniture or a big trip to the dump!  On that note Mazda do a rubber boot liner for just over £100 which is great if you have pets or muddy boots to be stored.

The actual boot shape fitted a pram or buggy width ways allowing space for weekend bags and life to slot in too.

On one side there is a net to stop smaller items (bottle of wine) from rolling around the boot and the parcel shelf is the rotary kind which we think is so much more practical than the stiff boarded shelves.

There are also two tethers plus a 12v socket on the side.

Finally, if you lift the floor up you can find a little bit of extra space potentially, if wound extremely well, to store the charging cable.  Hopefully soon there will be improvements, by all manufacturers, on the design of these cumbersome ‘hoses’.

Summary

The Mazda CX-60, if you can stretch your budget, is a great all-round family SUV.

Great interior space, comfortable to drive and not bad looking either!  Definitely worth a test drive.

Mazda also have an app which allows you to defrost the windscreen and heat up the cabin before leaving your front door. Plus, you can check on your charge status too.  Easy visibility to make life a little easier.

Car seats: Joie Trillo 2/3 (ember) : width 55cm

Starting Price     : £45,420 PHEV

: £ 45,310 Diesel

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4745 (L) x 1890 (W) x 1675 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

570 litres (5 seat)

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

188

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

39 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62mph in 5.8 secs