Mazda CX-60 review - Interior, design and technology
The CX-60’s standout feature is its superbly finished cabin, while onboard technology is good
The CX-60 is positioned to take on premium mid-size SUV rivals, and at first glance, it shapes up pretty well. Mazda has followed its Kodo design philosophy with the CX-60 - an approach that has previously helped to create appealing-looking models such as the 3 hatchback and MX-30 electric small SUV.
However, it’s inside the cabin where the CX-60 really shines. The fit and finish is seriously impressive, while the high quality of the materials in use leaves you in no doubt that this is Mazda’s entrant into the luxury SUV market.
Standard equipment levels are good, too, although the finishing touches that come with the top Takumi trim make it a tempting upgrade and further underline the CX-60’s position as a premium SUV.
The entry Exclusive-Line model comes with 18-inch alloys, a 12.3-inch colour infotainment screen, heated seats, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery, while moving up the range brings extras such as bigger 20-inch alloy wheels, a hands-free power tailgate, electrically-adjustable front seats, white Maple wood interior accents, Nappa leather seat trim and a 12-speaker Bose audio system.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Never one to follow trends, Mazda has elected not to use a touchscreen in the CX-60’s infotainment set-up. While we complain when some manufacturers take the tech too far, it also has its uses; selecting functions or entering navigation addresses while the car is stationary are strong points, for example, as is the ability to touch and drag on the screen to preview a route.
In contrast, entering a postcode on the click wheel is a bit of a faff, with some simple processes taking longer to complete than we’d like. However, the rotary controller does have its uses. Being able to feel the adjustments you’re making by rotating the dial means it’s possible to make some changes without taking your eyes off the road.
Alongside the main screen, the CX-60 also has digital instruments which are bright and customisable, presenting all of the necessary info clearly, while wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard.
In this review
- 1Mazda CX-60 reviewOffering a quality cabin and generous levels of standard equipment, the Mazda CX-60 is a worthy contender in the premium, mid-size SUV class
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe CX-60 isn’t great to drive, although the plug-in hybrid model offers decent pace
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsCompetitive pricing, hybrid efficiency and solid residual values mean the CX-60 is reasonably cheap to run, although insurance premiums could be expensive
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe CX-60’s standout feature is its superbly finished cabin, while onboard technology is good
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith a huge boot and plenty of practical features, the CX-60 is a good family option
- 6Reliability and safetyDriver Power customer feedback is good for Mazda, while the CX-60 has a top safety rating