Mazda adds new CX-8 to line-up

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cush­ion height, slide and re­cline ad­just­ments but there is no pro­vi­sion for lum­bar ad­just­ment which would be wel­come on a longer trip.

Along with the 17-inch al­loys and Mazda’s sig­na­ture 3D wing style grille with mesh in­serts the ap­peal­ing looks of the CX-8 GSX ex­te­rior boasts LED front fog lamps, a shark fin an­tenna, power fold mir­rors and a rear spoiler.

In terms of space the CX-8 fits the 5+2 tem­plate rather than full 7-seat sta­tus and if space in the third row is the pri­mary buy­ing pri­or­ity the CX-9 is a roomier op­tion.

The CX-8 sec­ond row seats are a 60/40 split de­sign and of­fer fold and slide ac­cess into the third row which has a 50/50 split con­fig­u­ra­tion. Load space is a tight 209 litres when the third row seats are in use but a gen­er­ous 742 litres in five-seat con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Per­for­mance comes from the re­cently up­dated 2.2-litre Skyac­tiv-d diesel en­gine which now boasts 140kw (up by 11kw) out­put at 4500rpm and 450Nm (up by 30Nm) of torque at 2000rpm while also gain­ing some ef­fec­tive re­fine­ment and noise re­duc­tion mea­sures in the up­grade process.

The strong torque on of­fer from the 2191cc diesel and a re­spon­sive six-speed au­to­matic are well­matched to de­liver flex­i­ble per­for­mance and the CX-8 has a high­way over­tak­ing re­sponse and easy up­hill per­for­mance that sug­gests the diesel grunt will also be of use when the seven seats are oc­cu­pied or the load space crammed.

In typ­i­cal mod­ern diesel style the main strength of the diesel is its high torque out­put from eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble en­gine revs which pro­vides smooth part-throt­tle ac­cel­er­a­tion. Diesel mus­cle also gives the CX-8 a 2000kg braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity.

By in­tro­duc­ing the CX-8 Mazda is adding a fourth pil­lar to its strong SUV model range.

It’s per­haps best de­scribed as a seven-seat ver­sion of the CX-5 due to in­creases in wheel­base and over­all length and the com­mon­al­ity of width.

But it’s slightly less con­vinc­ing for buy­ers who’ve been ask­ing Mazda for a CX-9 with the im­pres­sive diesel en­gine as it comes with­out the wide-body ap­pear­ance, feel on the road and cabin space that is a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to the CX-9 ap­peal.

IN TERMS OF SPACE THE CX-8 FITS THE 5+2 TEM­PLATE RATHER THAN FULL 7-SEAT STA­TUS AND IF SPACE IN THE THIRD ROW IS THE PRI­MARY BUY­ING PRI­OR­ITY THE CX-9 IS A ROOMIER OP­TION.

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