Previously, only 3 variants of the Mazda CX-8 were available in Australia, and comprised of two Sport variants with and without all-wheel drive and the range topping Asaki AWD. All three were available with a diesel motor only. For 2020, that isn’t really the case anymore.
Five additional variants have been added to the lineup including a petrol engine, with prices starting from $39,910. Mazda has added those variants to in between the book ends of the Sport and Asaki, which are the Touring and GT-spec variants.
The petrol engine is found in base-spec of the Sport and Touring variants. The engine in question here in the brand’s 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G naturally-aspirated unit which produces 140kW and 252Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via the SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission.
Should buyers desire an all-wheel drive flavoured CX-8, then diesel is the only way to go. The oil-burner under the bonnet is the familiar 2.2-litre turbodiesel SkyActiv-D which makes 140kW like its petrol sibling but produces 450Nm of torque.
In terms of equipment, the entire CX-8 lineup gets a refreshed version of Mazda’s AEB system called Smart City Brake Support which now gets night time pedestrian protection and an 8-inch dash display with larger fonts and icons for better readability.
The Touring variant and above gets third-row functionality thanks to it’s one touch walk-in switch on the left and right seat cushion sides on the second row. The seats then fold down with a single touch. Speaking of the third row, the GT and Asaki get USB ports back there as well. Both those variants add an electric sunroof to the mix.
Both GT and Asaki variants also get a remote-operated power tailgate and 19-inch alloys (as opposed to the 17-inch wheels in the Sport and Touring variants). The range topping Asaki version gets luxury touches such as real wood trim inserts, front seat ventilation function and a 360˚ View Monitor.
The 2020 Mazda CX-8 comes with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and five-year Mazda Premium Roadside Assistance. The new CX-8 is on sale now.
- CX-8 Sport 2.5L FWD - $39,910
- CX-8 Sport 2.2L AWD - $46,910
- CX-8 Touring 2.5L FWD - $46,590
- CX-8 Touring 2.2L AWD - $53,590
- CX-8 GT 2.2L FWD - $57,900
- CX-8 GT 2.2L AWD - $61,900
- CX-8 Asaki 2.2L FWD - $61,440
- CX-8 Asaki 2.2L AWD $65,440