The Mazda CX-8 seven-seat SUV, which was introduced a diesel alternative to the CX-9, has gained two new specification grades, and a city-friendly petrol option that sees entry-level pricing drop below $40,000.
Adding a petrol option to the CX-8 range should increase its popularity, but don’t expect as much power as the turbocharged CX-9; with the CX-8 sharing the naturally aspirated 140kW/252Nm Skyactiv-G 2.5L that’s also found under the bonnet of some CX-5 and Mazda 6 variants.
Available with front-wheel-drive only, the petrol CX-8 has a combined fuel economy rating of 8.5L/100km, which is actually a fraction more than the heavier front-drive CX-9’s 8.4L/100km.
COMPARISON: Mazda CX-8 v CX-9
Sweetening the deal for the CX-8 though is the fact that the new engine has made the retail price of a three-row Mazda even more affordable. As well as costing $6500 less than the entry-level CX-9 Sport FWD ($46,420), the CX-8 Sport FWD will bring decent change from a Skoda Kodiaq 132 TSI ($42,990), and Toyota Kluger GX and Peugeot 508 Allure that each retail for $44,490.
The 2020 CX-8 range also gains new mid-spec Touring and GT variants available with both the petrol FWD and 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel AWD powertrains with the latter attracting a $4000 premium.
In the past buying a top-level CX-8 was an all-or-nothing affair, with a $20,000 difference between the entry-level Sport and Asaki range-topper, which makes the mid-spec options a welcome addition to Mazda showrooms.
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The CX-8 Touring brings a few additional features such as black-leather trim, front parking sensors, and one-touch switch to lower second-row cushions for easier third-row access.
The GT brings a few more extras, including a BOSE premium sound system, sunroof, remote-operated power tailgate, third-row USB ports, and bigger 19-inch alloys.
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According to Mazda, the 2020 CX-8 is also a little quieter with NVH enhanced by adding more damping material to the roof to reduce noise penetrating the cabin on rainy days.
And you’ll know you have a 2020 model thanks to the fresh key fob and new generation nameplate badging.
Now available in Mazda showrooms, the revamped CX-8 range should see it gain some ground against the CX-9 which outsold it 7168 to 2551 in 2019.
2020 Mazda CX-8 retail pricing
- CX-8 Sport FWD petrol – $39,910
- CX-8 Sport AWD diesel - $46,910
- CX-8 Touring FWD petrol - $46,590
- CX-8 Touring AWD diesel - $53,590
- CX-8 GT FWD petrol - $57,900
- CX-8 GT AWD diesel - $61,900
- CX-8 Asaki FWD petrol - $61,440
- CX-8 Asaki AWD diesel - $65,440