Mate, I really appreciate this - thank you so much for your feedback. That is exactly what I needed to hear.
Btw my wife just told our kid that we're getting a new Mazda, so he can have rear seat heating (it's snowing in Austria today and temps are in minus), so I guess it's a done deal no matter what - my wife has made up her mind :-D
1. I'm 6'0 and we tested the space behind me when I'm in a driver's seat - it seems like enough space for our kid who is only 11 years old, but already 5'5! On the passenger side, there is no problem at all.
2. Appreciate the feedback - I guess it's just a matter of getting used to the armrest, and yes, it seems a bit shallow.
3. Such a wide central console reminds me actually of Chevrolet Tahoe V8, which I wanted to buy when I lived in the Middle East, and in that car, I actually really liked that massive central console
so maybe it's again just a matter of getting used to it - I ended up driving Grand Cherokee V6 (Night Eagle) instead, and I really loved that car.
Agree about the seats, it's a shame that Mazda creates great (exterior) designed cars, but that they do not pay attention to more details when designing the seats - Mazda is a Japanese "BMW" but you can't compare the seats of those two brands at all. On the other hand, while I loved owning my BMW X1 with M Sport pack and great sport seats (with el. adj. side support and extendable length support), those seats are not that comfortable on long journeys and to be honest I got tired of them after three years of ownership. But I would love to see Volvo type of seats in Mazda - both design and comfort-wise. I owned Volvo XC60 R-Design and before that S60 Summum - After driving a lot of auto brands, I am of an opinion that Volvo is making the best seats in the auto industry!
4. Agree that the drivetrain felt weird, but to be honest it did feel as you said, smooth and luxurious overall - that weirdness did not bother me too much. I also appreciated the calmness of the drive and just feeling that zen, as you said.
5. Intelligent seating - Noted, and yes, I agree that it is great that the steering wheel lifts up for exit and then goes back to your desired settings when getting in - Had that function on my Grand Cherokee and absolutely loved it!
BOSE: Absolutely love it! I miss my Alpine sound system from the Jeeps as well (both Grand Cherokee and later on the Wrangler).
Camera System is top - agree 100%!
Lane Keep Assist (LKA) - Question: I did read on the forum that someone was complaining about it, so the question is can we shut it down? On my first test drive, the LKA was engaging nicely on the highway, but on the second drive it wasn't, so I assume someone switched it off, right? Even though again, I believe someone on the forum complained about the procedure when doing that, and that it is required to do it every time he was entering the car, which was weird because I did not switch it of for sure.
Power and sound of the engine: Absolutely love it! And yes, when you press pedal to the metal in Sport mode, it sounds like a 5-cylinder engine indeed!
Hill Hold Assist - Noted. And yes, why couldn't they make it to always stay on, with an option to turn it off actually?
Off-Road/ EV/ Normal/ Sport Hybrid modes: Well noted. I was testing the car mainly in EV and Sport modes and just went through Normal mode quickly, but it did not impress me much. The EV mode disappointed in a sense that it was too slow when starting from being still - was expecting immediate launch and instant max release of battery power but the start was so slow instead. Ah yes, remember someone mentioned that 0-100 km/h acceleration is faster in Off-Road mode than Sport!
The exhaust trims: Yes I saw that, but look at it from the bright side, they made them look like you have four pipes coming out, while, at least to my understanding, there are only two real pipes behind them (one on each side). Considering that you had Stelvio before CX-60 I completely understand your disappointment, since Stelvio has, for me, one of the best-looking exhausts.
Dealer: Considering that we have 6 year or 160.000km warranty here in Austria, and the dealer has 4.6 out of 5 stars Google rating (out of 92 votes), I can only hope that my dealership experience is going to be positive.
The steering wheel heater: Noted. Yes, that doesn't sound like a lot of fun, and I remember that when I used the steering wheel heater on my Jeep Grand Cherokee it was all around the steering wheel and it felt great.
Let's see what happens tomorrow after my dealership visit and negotiation with the owner.
Looking to book Mazda CX-60 PHEV Homura with Convenience & Sound Pack + Driver Assistance Pack + Panoramic Sunroof... in Machine Grey... MY23 with delivery in March/April.
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