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  • 2021 Mazda CX-8
    RM 1,831/Month RM 173,039

Key Highlights

Shares the long wheelbase of the CX-9 High quality interior Drives like a larger-sized CX-5

Overview

Mazda CX-8 2021 Review

Not every model in the Mazda line-up needs to be as exciting or extravagant or alluring as the models that really show off Mazda’s ability to design and engineer cars. Some products can exist to fill a need – and that’s exactly why the Mazda CX-8 was brought to market. As much as it is a Mazda product, it is also a three-row SUV priced and positioned at a more budget-friendly price point.

Up to the previous generation of Mazda products, the line-up only featured two SUVs: the Mazda CX-7, and the Mazda CX-9. Over time both of these models evolved and changed, with the CX-7 being discontinued, and the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5 filling in through the range, alongside the Mazda CX-30. The Mazda CX-9 was positioned as a much more premium product, with prices quite nearly touching the RM 300,000 mark – and other than this, Mazda didn’t really have any more seven-seater products as their MPVs were being phased out.

The Mazda CX-8 is a product largely designed for the ASEAN, Chinese, Australian, and New Zealand markets. Rather surprisingly, the flagship Mazda CX-9 is not sold in Japan which in turn makes the Mazda CX-8 the crown jewel of Mazda’s SUV range there. It’s difficult to determine of the Mazda CX-8 is a reskinned Mazda CX-9, or an extended version of the Mazda CX-5 as there are elements of both cars in its design.

In our market, the Mazda CX-8 is offered in four different variants, with either 2WD or 4WD, and a choice of two engine variants. It was first launched locally back in 2019, and being so recent it has yet to undergo any product updates or facelifts.

Mazda CX-8 2021 Specifications

Among the four variants on offer in the Malaysian market, consumers can get the Mazda CX-8 with two different engines – either a petrol-powered naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre engine, or a 2.2-litre turbodiesel mill. Both engines are paired with the same six-speed SKYACTIV DRIVE conventional automatic transmission, although four-wheel drive is limited to just the diesel variants.

The petrol powerplant makes a healthy 192 PS and 258 Nm of torque – sufficient numbers when it comes to mass market production cars, and more than enough punch to shift the weight of this three-row SUV. This engine is also found in other products like the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda 6, representing the largest of the naturally aspirated engine options that Mazda products.

On the other hand, the turbodiesel also happens to be the range topper despite producing a little less power at 188 hp. Its party piece is the fact that it can deliver 450 Nm of torque from as low as 2,000 rpm – the real reason that diesels are especially popular in industrial uses and among Europeans – and that in turn helps to improve fuel consumption by keeping engine speeds lower.

Dimensionally, all four variants are the same. They all measure 4,900 mm in length and 1,840 mm in width, with a wheelbase of 2,930 mm – just slightly shorter and narrower than the Mazda CX-9. The kerb weight is nothing to sniff at with petrol 2WD variants going for 1,781 kg, and the turbodiesel 4WD variant weighing in at 1,924 kg.

Mazda CX-8 2021 Exterior

Across the range of Mazda CX-8 variants, all models get automatic LED headlights, LED tail lights, and a powered tailgate. The entry-level variant does with bulb-type daytime running lights, while the remaining three variants replace this with LED units. All variants come equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels. On the whole, the Mazda CX-8 doesn’t come with the most intricate and crafted exterior lines, with styling following that of the CX-5 albeit in a larger format.

Mazda CX-8 2021 Interior

If you’re wondering why we’re calling the Mazda CX-8 a three-row SUV and not a seven-seater SUV, it’s because not all variants of the Mazda CX-8 have a seven seat setup. In fact, only the entry level variant is a seven-seater, while the other three variants are six seaters because the second row bench is traded out in favour of captain chairs. For the lower two variants the interior is finished in fabric, while Nappa leather is used for the remaining top two variants. The top two variants also get a nice centre console to separate the second row captain chairs.

Mazda CX-8 2021 Safety Features

If there’s on area that Mazda doesn’t quite have an edge in when it comes to engineering, it would be in advanced safety systems. All variants of the Mazda CX-8 get six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability and traction control systems, hill launch assist, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. The entry level variant gets none of the i-ACTIVSENSE items – while the 2WD MID PLUS variant gets adaptive front lighting, bling spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and smart city brake support for the front. The top two variants get lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention alert, and smart city brake support for the rear as well.

Mazda CX-8 2021 Strengths & Weakness

A modern Mazda is a fantastic product no matter how you cut it – with well-engineered ride and handling characteristics, modern powertrains which are responsive and intuitive, as well an overall level of functionality that doesn’t feel utilitarian. The Mazda CX-8 is no different in these respects, delivering on the promises it makes at an attractive price point.

The only noticeable weakness of the Mazda CX-8 is the fact that it isn’t as exciting of a product as its siblings throughout the range, though that’s a difficult thing to achieve when you remember just how much effort and thought Mazda puts into their products. It’s hard to make a three-row SUV look and feel sexy while also keeping it at a target price point, and Mazda has done exceptionally well to make a functional product – not something we see often, but one that’s still necessary.

Mazda CX-8 2021 Price

Entry to the Mazda CX-8 lineup starts at a relatively modest price point of RM 173,038.90 for the 2.5G 2WD MID variant. The 2.5G 2WD MID PLUS goes to RM 178,428.20, while the 2.5G 2WD HIGH runs you RM 193,742.50. As for the sole diesel variant, the 2.2D 4WD HIGH will set you back RM 206,265.60, effectively being the range-topping model.

Mazda CX-8 2021 Features

In terms of features, the Mazda CX-8 is fairly flat across the range. All variants get items like keyless entry and start, a seven-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology, automatic start-stop, as well as adaptive LED headlights. Specific to the top two variants are 360 degree monitors for ease of parking by providing a bird’s eye view.  There is also a colour heads-up display for these variants that adds an additional level of class.

Mazda CX-8 2021 Fuel Consumption

Fuel consumption figures from the manufacturer are available for the Mazda CX-8, with all three petrol variants returning the same 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres travelled, or 12.7 kilometres per litre. The diesel variant naturally does a little better at 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres, or 16.7 kilometres per litre. This is pretty par for the course when it comes to exceptionally large SUVs, which have to lug extra weight and deal with additional rolling resistance and poorer aerodynamics.

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Key Details

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2191 cc - 2488 cc
  • Fuel Type: petrol/diesel
  • Seat Capacity: 6 - 7
  • Price: RM 173,039 - RM 206,266

Key Details

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2191 cc - 2488 cc
  • Fuel Type: petrol/diesel
  • Seat Capacity: 6 - 7
  • Price: RM 173,039 - RM 206,266

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