Although the exterior is rugged, there’s still a precision about the CX-60 demonstrated by details such as the sharply sweeping headlights. The proportions are superb, and the interior is similarly uncluttered without being sparse. In fact, the space is clean and calming.
There are 12 versions of what can be regarded as a luxury SUV on the Motability scheme, all of them petrol-electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV), with three trim levels to choose from: Exclusive-Line, Homura and Takumi.
CX-60 has a range of 39.15 miles – adequate for most people’s daily driving needs – and backed up by a petrol engine. It’ll reach 62mph in a snappy 5.8 seconds.
Performance is further augmented by the Mazda Intelligent Drive Select System (Mi-Drive) that presents four drive modes, including EV for pure electric driving. CX-60 also features a system called Kinematic Posture Control that encourages stability around corners; no bad thing for a powerful vehicle with a high centre of gravity.
Convenience features often help disabled drivers to find their most efficient driving position. While standard features include a heated telescopic and tilt adjustable steering wheel (with paddle shifts), electric parking brake with auto-hold and disengage function, and manual tilt, slide, recline and height adjustable driver seat – these functions are powered on the Homura and Takumi grades.
These grades also introduce the Mazda Driver Personalisation System: whereby seat, head-up display, wing mirrors and steering wheel are aligned automatically to suit the individual driver. The system also slides the steering wheel and seat away from each other making it easier to get out of the car. This could be useful for drivers who lift their wheelchair into the passenger footwell after transferring from it.
Infotainment runs through a 12.3” screen, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can connect your smartphone and mirror your music, phone and app functions. For further convenience and practicality, the screen is positioned at eye level and enables making and receiving calls via Bluetooth – as well as accessing a Europe-wide navigation system, with three years’ free map updates.
Impressive i-Activesense safety technologies contribute to a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating. Highlights from a long list of safety features include: front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera with static guidelines, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and blind spot assist that detects vehicles within your blind spot and provides steering assistance if required to prevent collisions when changing lanes.
Additionally, intelligent speed assist and lane-keep assist system with lane departure warning system and further emergency road keep assist, prevent sticky situations, while for further protection there’s a pre-crash smart brake support (SBS) system and front SBS with turn-across traffic function to reduce the risk of frontal collisions.
Driver attention alert, traffic sign recognition and e-call with GPS complete the coverage.
Although it’s luxurious, an SUV should still be an SUV. To this end, the rear seats fold down 40:20:40, remotely. Luggage capacity is 570 litres and introduced on the Homura trim, there’s a handsfree power tailgate. Coming home headlights and smart keyless entry are also useful touches.
Advance Motability Payment: from £6,795