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Car Review - Mazda CX-8 2.5 Luxury 6-Seater (A)
22 Oct 2020  |  Mazda Reviews
Mazda's SUV range offers a lot of European style with sensible Japanese values, and the new CX-8 further proves this with added space for six or seven seats.
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   Consumer Reviews of Mazda CX-8
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OVERALL RATING
 
1 Reviewer
4.5 out of 5
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Comfort
5/5 Reliability
5/5
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Handling
4/5 Features
5/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
5/5 Engine Performance
4/5
1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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kumquat
3rd Gear
1 reviews
261 points
124 forum posts Joined on 30-Nov-2015
Most enjoyable SUV  Posted on 14 Dec 2020
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 4/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Review
Drove this car for a month now. Reviews below. Generally an excellent 7 seater SUV compared to many other of its peers.

What I like
Pros

+ Pick up: Despite it's size and weight and NA engine, the power is sufficient as long as you are willing to push the rpm when required. Tested this with full 7 seats occupied and power is still sufficient

+ Gear shift: Very smooth despite being only 6 speed auto. The car is not fond of dragging the early gears so you may find the pick up slower than others but it still picks up better than other 7 seater petrol SUV such as the Disco Sport, Outlander, GLB to name a few

+ Drive: Despite its weight and size, it handles long winding corners quite well for a SUV. I expected a lot of body roll and oversteer for a car this size but perhaps the G-Vectoring technology is really more than just marketing. Don't expect it to completely eliminate body rolls though, it still has to obey the laws of physics

+ Suspension: Very comfortable ride. The usual speed strips cannot really be felt when going over it

+ Cabin noise: Hardly hear road or engine noise VS other premium brand SUV. Better than GLB but not as quiet as a Disco Sport

+ Aircon: Aircon is really strong and cold. Ventilated seats are god sent on those days when you parked under the hot sun

+ Safety functionalities: Lane departure and blind spot has been quite useful on busy highways. 360 camera helps a little when parking a long car. Do you really need it? No, but it is nice to have and does improve the driving experience. Small things like the HUD is also helpful as you can monitor your speed without taking your eyes off the road

What I do not like
Cons

- FC: I do 30% highway 70% city and average about 8km/l even with moderate acceleration

- Interiors: Somewhat undecided on this. The looks are average but the touch points does feel premium made without overwhelming cheap plastic feel like certain brands. What I really hate is the soft leather that is used on the gear stick. It is wrinkled and loose and no way to fold it neatly. Complete atrocity to look at

- Infotainment system: Feels dated and a little slow. The maps are ugly and the display screen has poor resolution that feels like it is a few years old. Apply car play is wired, no wireless charging, navigation system is not the easiest to use, no touchpad for inputs and reliant on the knob when car is moving. I have more difficulties trying to type using the knob when driving than using a touch screen

- Seat fold down: As a 7 seater, it can improve accessibility to the 3rd row if the middle seat can be folded down independently. Do not know why the manufacturers stick to the 60-40 seat fold-ability that is quite 90s

- Head/Tail lights: Very small for a car this size. Looks inadequate although the brightness of the headlights is good

- Brakes: Either stock brakes or the tyre is not strong enough. Braking distance is quite long and brakes feels weak at the start of the braking process

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Mazda CX-8
4.5 stars - based on 1 reviews