The Mazda CX-60 Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Mazda CX-60 SUV
Price: £43,950
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 17.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 39 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 33g (CO2/km)

Overview


The Mazda Motor Corporation, more commonly known as Mazda, is a leading Japanese automotive manufacturer. Mazda is a global automotive company, with business activities across a number of key international markets. For a time, the US based Ford Motor Company owned a stake in Mazda, during the time Mazda was undergoing financial difficulties. The Ford-Mazda partnership did result in a number of successful initiatives.

Mazda has conducted research on alternative fuel vehicles for many decades. The company has had a particular focus on hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company currently has one battery-electric vehicle (BEV) on sale in the UK, the all-electric MX-30 compact SUV and the CX-60 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).



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The Mazda CX-60 PHEV


It has taken the Japanese automotive manufacturer longer than its rivals to introduce its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), but the wait could have been worthwhile. The Mazda CX-60 PHEV family SUV has been positioned to compete with premium brands like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Apart from being the first PHEV for Mazda, the CX-60 is also its most powerful production car to date.

The Mazda plug-in hybrid SUV has a 17.8 kWh onboard EV battery, with a WLTP certified zero-emission electric range up to 39 miles. A decent pure electric range, but not class-leading. Some of the latest PHEV’s now offer an EV range above 50 miles on a single charge.

Adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the CX-60 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) should comfortably deliver an emission-free pure electric range over 30 miles, useful for city and shorter distance motorway driving! For those new to electric driving, it is worth noting that many factors influence the real-world electric car range. Some of these include: driving style, temperature, elevation, wind, rain, road surface, tyre size, onboard services used etc.

Do keep in mind that driving on the pure electric mode helps reduce the cost of motoring and improve the overall efficiency of the vehicle. Depending on the cost of charging, expect a driving cost between 5 pence and 10 pence per mile, when driven on the e-mode. This is substantially cheaper than driving using the petrol internal combustion engine (ICE).

Mazda claims the CX-60 plug-in can deliver up to 188.3 mpg. Though a better fuel economy compared to a conventional petrol car, the CX-60 is not as efficient as some of the newer plug-in hybrids introduced by its competitors. In any case, like the real-world electric range, the real-world fuel economy will be lower than the manufacturer claimed data. Nevertheless, leveraging the pure electric mode on a regular basis is a must in taking advantage of the benefits of electric driving, to include better fuel economy!

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug for charging an electric car. A ‘topping up’ approach to charging will help improve the overall efficiency of the electric vehicle and also improve the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Mazda offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

Despite the price tag, it is disappointing to note that the CX-60 PHEV does not offer DC charging. The EV has a 7.2 kW onboard charger. The Mazda electric vehicle can be charged 0% to 100% via a dedicated EV charging station in 2 hours and 20 minutes. If you insist on using a domestic socket for charging, the EV will take up to 4 hours and 50 minutes to fully charge.

The all-wheel drive Mazda PHEV SUV delivers decent performance. The electric vehicle (EV) combines a 2.5-litre (four-cylinder) petrol engine with an onboard electric motor (100 kW), powered by the EV battery. Despite the additional weight of the EV battery (175.1 kg), the PHEV can achieve 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds. The 8-speed automatic transmission Mazda plug-in electric SUV delivers 327 PS maximum power and 500 Nm torque. Top speed is 124 mph. The Mazda EV has 5 driving modes: normal, sport, off-road, towing and EV. Of course, on EV mode, the drive is more refined and quieter.

In terms of practicality, the Mazda PHEV is respectable. The placement of the EV battery has been such that the PHEV still offers a large boot size (570 L). Headroom for rear-seat passengers is good, though legroom for taller adults can be potentially a squeeze at the back. The rear-view visibility is however limited.

The CX-60 plug-in hybrid has a striking exterior design evolved around the Mazda ‘soul of motion’ design philosophy, further extended to the interior cabin, with ‘minimalism’ as a core theme. The cabin quality, design, equipment and technology is compelling. Mazda offers a 12.3-inch TFT dis­play, Apple Car­Play & Android Auto, 5-years free map up­d­ates, blind spot mon­it­or­ing (BSM), driver at­ten­tion alert, front cross traffic alert (FCTA), rear cross traffic brake (RCTB), head-up display, smart keyless entry, new Mazda personalisation system and more.

The Mazda CX-60 petrol plug-in electric SUV has tailpipe emission up to 33g CO2/km. Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-12%) tax rate, given the lower tailpipe emissions.


PROS CONS
Good looking exterior styling Not as fuel efficient as competitors
High level of equipment and technology Onboard charger limited to 7.2 kW (single-phase)
Decent EV battery size and electric range DC charging not available

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The Mazda CX-60 Plug-In Hybrid (credit: Citroen)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol/ Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Exclusive-Line (from £43,950)
Homura (from £46,700)
Takumi (from £48,050)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 17.8 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. On board charger: 7.2 kW (0%-100%: 2 hrs 20 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:33g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh £1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1675
Width (mm):1890
Length (mm):4745
Wheelbase (mm):2870
Turning Circle (m):11.7
Boot Space (L):570

Mazda CX-60 e-SKYACTIV PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:17.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):39 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):188.3
Charging: DC charging not available. On board charger: 7.2 kW (0%-100%: 2 hrs 20 mins)
Top Speed:124 mph
0-62 mph:5.8 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):100
Horsepower (ps):327
Torque (Nm): 500
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Minimum Kerb Weight (kg):1,981
Colours:8
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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