Mazda CX-60 long-term test: report 4

The Mazda CX-60 is the Japanese brand's largest SUV and its first plug-in hybrid. Our consumer editor is finding out if it's a good alternative to a conventionally fuelled off-roader...

Mazda CX-60 long termer

The car Mazda CX-60 2.5 Exclusive-Line | Run by Claire Evans, consumer editor

Why it's here To see if Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid should be on your shopping list if you’re after a well-furnished and frugal large SUV

Needs to Provide the practicality and luxurious ambience of a premium SUV, as well as good fuel efficiency and a comfortable ride

Mileage 3502 List price £45,420 Target Price £44,172 Price as tested £47,720 Test economy 48.7mpg Official economy 188.3mpg 

24 February 2023 – Compare and contrast

I’ve recently driven some of the rivals to my Mazda CX-60, including the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, and I’ve found some massive differences between them – as well as some subtle but important ones. 

With voluminous interiors, massive boots and seven seats as standard, the Santa Fe and Sorento beat the CX-60 hands down for practicality. 

Mazda CX-60 long termer

However, my Mazda has swifter acceleration and, in my opinion, more rewarding handling than either of those models. Select the Sport driving mode and its combination of a 2.5-litre petrol engine and 134bhp electric motor means it can smash the 0-62mph dash in just 5.8sec. In comparison, the best the plug-in hybrid Sorento can muster is 8.4sec, and the Santa Fe 8.8sec. 

More importantly, the CX-60 remains remarkably flat and level going through corners compared with the other large SUVs. It also handles uneven surfaces impeccably well, and has well-weighted steering that inspires confidence. These are the qualities that make me smile on my regular drives along rural roads.  

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