Malcolm Flynn road tests and reviews the all-new second-generation Mazda CX-9 seven-seat large SUV, in Sport, Touring, GT and Azami trim levels with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch.

Bigger and better than ever. This phrase applies to pretty much every new generation of car that arrives, but bigger isn’t always better.

Explore the 2016-2017 Mazda CX-9 Range

Mazda CX-9 Azami 2016 review | snapshot
Mazda CX-9 Sport AWD 2016 review | road test video
Mazda CX-9 Touring FWD 2016 review | road test
Mazda CX-9 Touring AWD 2016 review | road test video
Mazda CX-9 Touring FWD 2016 review | Torquing Heads video
Mazda CX-9 Azami 2016 review | road test
Mazda CX-9 GT AWD 2017 review | road test

The all-new second-generation Mazda CX-9 is one model that bucks this trend by letting its intended function define its size, rather than simply getting bigger to offer more room than the competition.

It may be 19mm taller and 63mm wider than the TB model it replaces after nine years on the market, but unlike every other recent new model in the large seven-seat segment, the new TC CX-9 is actually 31mm shorter.

Unreserved praise is deserved for being the first large SUV to offer AEB as standard, with the key crash avoidance tech not only covering the front of the car but also the rear.  

Being the first CX-9 to have the Mazda SkyActiv wand waved over it makes it almost certainly better in every other regard, with the one remaining question mark hovering over the switch from a grunty V6 engine to a new efficiency-focused four cylinder turbo