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Mazda CX-60 SUV - Engines, drive & performance

Despite the large power output, the CX-60 is best driven at a more relaxed pace

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

Mazda has already confirmed that the CX-60 will soon get 3.0-litre petrol and 3.3-litre diesel six-cylinder engine options, both with mild-hybrid technology. But for now, the only model is the plug-in hybrid.

With its decent electric range, the CX-60 is more than capable of driving around town on electric power alone. In fact, it’ll continue to use its battery when you’re driving at slightly higher speeds, too, as long as you’re gentle with the throttle.

Demand faster acceleration and the petrol engine kicks into life, but the noise it produces - especially at higher revs - isn’t particularly noteworthy. It’s not horrible, but it’s just a bit droney, and it’s a bit more noticeable than in a similarly priced BMW or Audi. At least the amount of power it produces means the CX-60 can surge forward when you want it to.

The CX-60 is more involving to drive than an Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC, but isn’t quite at the same level as the BMW X3 or Jaguar F-Pace. It actually features the same brake bias system as the Mazda MX-5 sports car, so the steering feels accurate and keen at lower speeds. At higher speeds some tyre noise and understeer creeps in, reminding you that the CX-60 is quite a heavy car (it weighs around two tonnes). 

On our test car’s 20-inch wheels - the biggest available - the ride was firm but not uncomfortable, although we’ll wait to see how it fares on UK roads.

Mazda CX-60 hybrid engine

The Mazda CX-60 uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, for a combined output of 323bhp. They allow a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds, which is on a par with hot hatchbacks such as the Hyundai i30 N and Cupra Leon.

Just like many plug-in hybrids, the CX-60 is all-wheel drive, but the upcoming petrol and diesel engines will have rear-wheel-drive versions.

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