There are really no complaints here because the CX-8 is smooth sailing. There’s no lurching or jerky start/stop functionality, it all works very nicely and you can do it with little effort. The handling is good and steering is spot on - not too heavy or too light.
It’s got a 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine (it’s only available in diesel), which is enough for it to get up hills quickly, without hesitation, and you feel confident driving it because it does what you ask it to.
It handled the open road out to the bush really well, dealing with hideous Friday afternoon traffic as well as the long highways without a hint of protest. Because it’s quite sizeable I also felt safe driving that far with the kids in the back.
Parking is relatively easy, I fit into a fair few parking spaces that surprised even me. On this top of the range model there’s also a front, rear and 360-degree camera to help you refine your parking approach.
The turning circle is the same as a large seven-seater, at 11.6m you’ll become an expert at the three-point-turn, but the steering wheel turns easily and the gears change quickly so it's no headache to do.