Battle of the SUV’s: Mazda CX8 vs CX9
The large SUV has been enjoying growing popularity among car owners due to its practicality, family friendly design and rugged off road capabilities. Because of this, there are now plenty to choose from with many car manufacturers offering multiple SUV models. Mazda offers a range of SUV models, but for this article we’re going to focus on the Mazda CX-8 and Mazda CX-9.
What’s the difference between the Mazda CX-8 and CX-9?
Well, at a glance, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of difference between the two. They’re both outstanding cars. But if you have a little look, you’ll find that each range of models is catered to a slightly different motorist and so it’s good to know the difference if you’re in the market for a new SUV. So let’s dive in and take a look and see if we can help you choose which one is best suited to you.
- 2.5L petrol engine
- 140kW/252Nm torque
- 8.1L/100km fuel consumption
- 2.2L Diesel engine
- 140kW/400Nm torque
- 6.0L/100km fuel consumption
- Seven seats
- 775 litre boot space
- Hands free power tailgate
- 2.5L turbo
- 170kW/420Nm torque
- 8.4L/100km fuel consumption
- Seven seats
- 810 litre boot space
- Hands free power tailgate
So, we can see straight off the bat that the CX-9 is a slightly bigger car with a bit more space for people and cargo, and also with a fair bit more power to go with it.
They’re both fabulous looking cars. Sleek and sporty with alloy wheels, but big enough to look like they can tackle some pretty challenging conditions. The CX-9 has a slightly more robust look about it, like it is maybe a bit more at home on the open road. This is largely due to its overall size. Meanwhile the CX-8 has sleeker lines and and appearas more sporty and nimble.
The Mazda CX-8 and CX-9 are both designed with maximum comfort in mind. Both models come with heated and ventilated seats and steering wheel. This luxury feature keeps everybody in the car sitting at a comfortable temperature, no matter what the conditions are like outside.
Both models also come with Apple Carplay and Android Connect as standard. This feature allows the driver to access and navigate the connected mobile phone through the centre console, allowing for safer and more comprehensive integration.
They both also come with interior features such as LCD dashboard display, 360 degree view monitor, climate control, retractable sunroof and active driving display across all models within the CX-8 and CX-9 ranges.
Where the CX-8 and CX-9 differ most is when it comes to interior space. They both have a third row of seats, but where the CX-9 can comfortably fit fully grown adults in the back, the CX-8 is more suitable for kids in these rear seats. That is not to say it is too small to fit adults in the back, but if you are regularly carrying a full load of fully grown adults, then the CX-9 would perhaps be a more suitable option. Both ranges treat the passengers in the second row to an abundance of leg room.
While the Mazda CX-9 comes standard with the 2.5L turbo petrol engine across all models within this range, the CX-8 offers the option of the 2.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine or the 2.2L diesel. All models achieve excellent power and torque figures, as well as boasting very efficient fuel economy. But, having the choice between the petrol or diesel engine in the CX-8 range will be very appealing to some drivers.
When it comes to safety, there is no compromise, so all models across both the CX-8 and CX-9 range come with top of the range safety features as standard. These features include:
- Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian recognition
Front and rear sensors detect obstacles in front and behind the car when travelling towards them. If the car determines there is a high risk of collision, it will warn the driver, and even brake automatically if needed.
- Blind spot monitoring
This feature lets the car scan blind spots up to 50m behind it while radars detect unseen vehicles to alert the driver of any potentially hazardous lane changes.
- Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go
With the ability to bring you to a complete halt and then take off again once traffic moves, this adaptive cruise control adjusts your speed to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead.
So which should you buy?
Well, when choosing between a Mazda CX-8 vs CX-9, it really comes down to which will better suit your lifestyle and your budget. Starting at $41,990, the CX-8 is a more affordable option, and being slightly smaller, it may be more suitable as a family car for those in the inner city. Meanwhile, starting at $48,990, the CX-9 might be more appropriate for those inclined to hit the outdoors with a group of mates where extra cargo space is needed. Ultimately, the only person who can decide which car is more suitable is you! So head to your local Mazda dealership Perth to take them both out for a test drive. We guarantee you’ll love them both.