TEST Mazda CX-60 (327 hp) vs. Kia Sorento (265 hp) – busybody against peace itself

The new Mazda CX-60 is looking to confront premium competitors such as the BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60. But secretly, the relatively affordable Kia Sorento Plug-in-Hybrid is also an important opponent. Which has the best powertrain, the Mazda or the Kia?

With an SUV that has 327 hp and 500 Nm to offer, you expect a lot of peace on board. The Mazda CX-60 weighs almost 2000 kilos, nevertheless you get the feeling that the 2.5-liter petrol engine and its electric companion should be able to pull that easily. Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like that. The petrol engine produces a fairly penetrating sound. At 100 km/h, our sound meter already registers 66 dB(A). Depending on driving conditions, the engine roar is accompanied by a compressor-like whistle. That is the electric motor blowing its tune.

TEST Mazda CX-60 vs.  Kia Sorento - busybody against peace itself

Mazda CX-60 goes like the Japanese fire department

In addition, the various components of the powertrain exhibit a somewhat messy interaction. It goes with trial and error, hiccups and jerks. Fortunately, the performance of the Mazda CX-60 offers some consolation. Mazda’s latest SUV goes from 0 to 100 km/h (6.1 s) like the Japanese fire brigade. And it is much faster than the Korean one. At least, if the helmeted heroes travel by Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDI Plug-in-Hybrid.

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Kia Sorento PHEV has a quiet character

The hybrid powertrain that Kia installs in the Sorento PHEV fits well with the quiet character of the car. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine delivers 180 hp and works well together with the 91 hp electric motor. Combined they put out 265 horsepower. The machine has ‘only’ six gears, but does its job so smoothly that you don’t think about it. The Kia needs 8.3 seconds for the hundred sprint. It is therefore more than 2 seconds slower than the Mazda. That is still nothing to be ashamed of. Moreover, you get a very neat consumption in return.

TEST Mazda CX-60 vs.  Kia Sorento - busybody against peace itself
TEST Mazda CX-60 vs.  Kia Sorento - busybody against peace itself

We note an average consumption of 6.1 liters of petrol (1 in 16.4) plus 6.9 kWh of electricity per 100 kilometers for the Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDI Plug-in-Hybrid. The electric range is 51 kilometers. This keeps it neatly in the footsteps of the Mazda CX-60, but it has a larger battery. On the other hand, the Mazda needs more petrol: (7.2 l/100 km (1 in 13.9). We measure this consumption on a test route of 100 kilometers – first with a fully charged battery and then with an empty battery.

TEST Mazda CX-60 vs.  Kia Sorento - busybody against peace itself
TEST Mazda CX-60 vs.  Kia Sorento - busybody against peace itself

Prices Mazda CX-60 and Kia Sorento

If we list all the properties of the powertrain, we have a slight preference for the Kia Sorento PHEV. The Korean offers more than acceptable performance, clean consumption and, above all, a quiet, comfortable driving experience. Price-wise, this duo is hardly inferior to each other. The Mazda CX-60 is available from 53,790 euros, the Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDI Plug-in-Hybrid has an entry-level price of 52,395 euros.

You can read the full comparison test with the Mazda CX-60 against the Kia Sorento, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Volvo XC60 in Auto Review 11/2022.

Source: Autoreview.nl by www.autoreview.nl.

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