Complete from the ground up, the latest Mazda CX-8 Touring is a car likely to sway the estranged Toyota mid sized SUV buyer from the US built Kluger back over to Japanese manufactured CX-8. While the Kluger in Australia enters a hiatus many fleet and private buyers will be looking for an alternate.
The CX-8 Touring comes with a 2.5Lt 4 cylinder DOHC engine producing 140kW and 252Nm coupled to a 6 speed transmission. Tipping the scales at 1.8 tonne it has a city fuel economy of 9.4L/100km (stated).
Drive and ride was a good experience in the CX-8. That said its inherent weight makes for reasonably hard work when it comes to fuel economy and overall drive off from the lights. It’s competitors in the same space offer better performance, that said Mazda does offer a turbo charged 2.2Lt diesel option in the CX-8 range.
In cab storage is limited especially for those with families. There are limited locations to store bags, cups, water bottles, wipes and those items you generally store in door trims and centre consoles. However on road comfort is class leading. This is the ideal road trip car for the family – a week at Lakes Entrance, Margaret River, Sunshine Coast, Clare Valley or Hervey Bay, either way you will arrive in comfort in the CX-8. Couple that to the now standard Apple Carplay and Andriod Auto working in conjunction with the 8″ info touch screen the interior is somewhere you could easily spend hours.
While the first and second rows are generous, the third row is somewhat lacking. We must understand that the CX-8 is slightly smaller than it’s CX-9 brother and understandably this has been pinched from inside the cab.
At a glance –
|Mazda CX-8 Touring||Spec|
|Engine||2.5Lt 4 cylinder 140kW|
|Transmission||6 speed Skyactiv-G|
|City Fuel Economy||9.5L/100km (stated)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 star (2018 onwards)|
Coming in at $48,990 (as tested) the Mazda CX-8 Touring makes for an ideal mid size SUV with an excellent drive and comforts that will be ideal for the Australian family.