To give you an introduction to the Mazda CX-60 and its design, technology and driving prowess, motoring journalist James Batchelor spent a day with the car.

First impressions count and, with the latest interpretation of Mazda’s unique Kodo design language, the all-new CX-60 doesn’t disappoint. Its bold Japanese aesthetics combine a long bonnet and compact rear for a very distinctive look - James describes it as “sat back on its haunches and is really powering forward.”

Numbers support the impression of the car's power; the petrol engine and electric motor combined produce 327ps and 500Nm of torque. This gives the Mazda CX-60 outstanding performance on the road; it accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds.

You can choose from several drive modes to select how to maximise the performance of the CX-60: In order to provide the most efficient driving experience, Normal mode balances the battery, motor, and engine. In contrast, Sport mode maximises the combined output and eight-speed automatic gearbox for improved responsiveness and all-wheel drive (AWD) performance. Towing mode detects when you've hitched up to a caravan or trailer, and Off-road mode optimises the AWD and Traction Control System to give you the maximum traction and grip.

“The beauty of having a plug-in hybrid powertrain,” explains James, “is that there is a choice of two different power sources.” This means that you can choose EV mode and drive for up to 39 miles on pure electric power, which will easily cover most people’s daily commute. And with the inclusion of rapid charging, it takes just 90 minutes to charge the 17.8 kWh high-capacity battery from 20 to 80 percent.

“Mazda hasn't forgotten that this is a Mazda at heart—it’s very fun to drive.”

On the road, you'll experience the distinctive Jinba Itai driving qualities of the Mazda CX-60. It might be Mazda's largest SUV, but Mazda hasn't lost sight of the fact that this is a Mazda at its core, making it a lot of fun to drive, according to James. The chassis is "energetic," according to James, and the steering is "light and accurate," all of which contribute to an engaging driving experience that gives you a sense of security.

Another one of James' highlights is the CX-60's interior. He says it is "exquisitely finely constructed" and "brimming with gorgeous design touches." By carefully choosing premium materials and textures to highlight the excellence of the craftsmanship, Mazda's designers created the interior in accordance with the Japanese notion of Ma.

James was also impressed with the leading technology debuting on the CX-60. The Mazda Driver Personalisation System** can store settings for up to six different drivers, automatically adjusting key features such as the seat, steering wheel, climate control, and 10” x 3” windscreen-projected Active Driving Display. Using a facial recognition camera, the system can identify the driver and immediately return to their preferred settings each time they get in to drive.

So what was James’ conclusion about the all-new Mazda CX-60? Its exterior design “really does stand out from the crowd,” while the interior was a “real highlight” thanks to “lots of lovely little design touches” and the “clever technology on board.” On the road, James found the plug-in hybrid “both powerful and efficient to drive.” Overall, his verdict is that the all-new Mazda CX-60 is “one desirable SUV.”