The Mazda CX-60 is a milestone for Mazda. The new top model is the first Japanese plug-in hybrid. And fast it is! But the perfect car has not yet been designed, so we also found flaws.
Mazda is looking to upgrade the CX-60. German and Swedish competition can wet her chest. It has only been in the showroom since the beginning of September, but Mazda has already managed to register almost a thousand Dutch orders. We understand this based on the appearance of the CX-60. What is there to say about him? Mazda CX-60 has three advantages and three disadvantages.
Benefit 1: This is the fastest Mazda ever!
With 327 horsepower, this is the most powerful Mazda ever to leave the factory. If we don’t count racing cars of course. A 2.5-liter 191-horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine works with a 175-horsepower electric motor. In all, they generate no less than 327 horsepower and are good for 500 Nm of torque. Only on the electric motor you will get a distance of 63 kilometers, provided that you do not drive at a speed of more than 100 km / h. And provided you don’t try to sprint from 0-100 in 5.8 seconds from Mazda, of course…
Feature 2: CX-60 has high quality appearance
Mazda has discovered the joys of the “premium” concept and wants to compete with brands such as BMW, Lexus and Volvo. And they do it well. We love the look, without the frills, lines, and extra fluff that Japanese brands often give us. It’s just a party inside. There is no room for doubt about the finishes and materials chosen, and we’re still pleased that Mazda uses real buttons for key functions rather than annoying sliders or sticky touch screens. Moreover, in the CX-60 you are not only in the front, but also in the back like a king. Perhaps the new King Charles should consider one…
Advantage 3: Mazda CX-60 price is relatively low
53,690 euros. It’s not your new monthly power intake, but the base price of the CX-60. Lots of money of course. But Mazda also supplies a well-equipped car, with 18-inch light-alloy, separate left and right climate control, 12.3-inch color screen, and a comprehensive multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
However, the CX-60 isn’t that expensive when you put it next to its two major competitors. For the same money, smiling salespeople from BMW and Volvo will fire you. Maybe you can sit in an X3 or XC60 for a while and even get a brochure, but then you’re relentlessly kicked out of the premium showroom. The cost of recharging the Volvo XC60 is 65,995 euros (T6, 350 hp). For the BMW X3 xDrive30e (292 hp), you pay up to 66,327 euros.
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Disadvantage 1: Don’t expect the comfort of a water bed
Mazda attacks the BMW X3 head-on with the CX-60 and thus makes a sporty ride. Suspension comfort in a Japanese family car is sometimes short, especially on speed bumps and when the quality of the asphalt is at the same questionable level as the average transmission from in 1 … Adaptive dampers could have prevented worse, but they are not available. It must be said, highway convenience is definitely in order.
Disadvantage 2: The all-electric Mazda CX-60 will not come
Let’s talk about this BMW dealership. He might put price tags behind the windshield giving the horse a hiccup, but he has a strong trump card because he can also offer an all-electric version with the BMW iX3. Offer a Volvo seller an electric XC40 if the buyer isn’t interested in an internal combustion engine. Mazda does not supply an electric CX-60. Not now nor in the future. The electric Mazda MX-30, with a range ten years late, is a very lean alternative.
Disadvantage 3: The driver customization system does not work
what !? Driver Personalization System! This allows the car to set your “ideal” seating position based on an eye examination and your height. In theory an excellent find. In any case. After entering our height (1.90m), the seat slides back so we can’t reach the pedals. In addition, the backrest moves back a little, so that the steering wheel slowly disappears from view. No Mazda, this has nothing to do with jinba ittai, a Japanese philosophy where rider and rider become one…