Review: 2024 Mazda CX-8

Published: Jul 5, 2024 2:00 PM

The 2024 Mazda CX-8 bids us farewell, and it’s doing so with a quiet elegance that belies its powerful heart. This three-row crossover has been a staple in Australian showrooms, but alas, it’s time to say goodbye. Let’s take a closer look at what made the CX-8 special and why it’s leaving our shores.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Smooth, Sonorous Diesel Powertrain: The CX-8’s 2.2-liter twin-turbo diesel engine is a gem. It delivers ample torque, making highway cruising a breeze.
  • Excellent Fuel Economy: For a family-friendly SUV, the CX-8 sips fuel like a well-behaved guest at a tea party.

 

Cons

  • Third Row Isn’t Great: While the first two rows pamper passengers, the third row lacks the same comfort.
  • Handsome Cloth Interior: Parents might wish for leather seats, but the CX-8’s cloth interior is more practical than posh.

 

How Much Does it Cost?

The beauty of the CX-8 is that it offers a range of trims to suit most budgets. Prices start at around $42,660 for the base model and climb to a very comfortable (and feature-rich) $72,010 for the top-of-the-line Asaki LE.

Features and Benefits: Geared Up for Adventure

Now, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty. The CX-8 comes loaded with features that make everyday driving a breeze. Standard across all trims is a comprehensive safety suite with autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring. Infotainment options include a central touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a banging sound system (perfect for those long road trips with the crew). Higher trims add features like a sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, and a heads-up display.

Safety First: Peace of Mind on Every Drive

The CX-8 prioritizes safety, as it should. It’s earned a prestigious 5-star ANCAP safety rating, giving you peace of mind whether you’re navigating city streets or tackling weekend adventures.

Running Costs

The CX-8 offers a compelling package when it comes to fuel efficiency. The petrol engine delivers a claimed combined fuel consumption of around 8.4L/100km, while the diesel option boasts an impressive 6.0L/100km. This translates to significant savings at the pump, especially for those who rack up the kilometres.

Facing the Competition: Standing Out from the Pack

The CX-8 squares off against some formidable competition in the mid-size SUV arena. The Toyota RAV4 offers a touch more space and a hybrid option, while the Hyundai Tucson might tempt you with its tech-heavy interior. However, the CX-8 counters with its superior driving dynamics, luxurious feel, and that undeniable Mazda zoom-zoom spirit.

Conclusion

A Well-Rounded Ride

So, is the 2024 Mazda CX-8 the perfect SUV for you? It depends on your priorities. If you crave a feature-rich, stylish, and fuel-efficient family hauler that prioritizes driving pleasure, then the CX-8 is definitely worth a closer look. However, if you need maximum third-row space or the absolute latest in infotainment tech, there might be better options out there.

Rating: 8.5/10

The CX-8 strikes a fantastic balance between practicality and driving enjoyment. It’s comfortable, safe, and surprisingly fun to drive. While a few minor niggles hold it back from a perfect score, the CX-8 remains a compelling choice in the ever-competitive mid-size SUV segment. So, why not take one for a test drive and see if it fits the bill for your next Aussie adventure?

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