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Mazda CX-8

Mazda first rolled out its CX-8 to Australia in mid-2018 with a diesel-only line-up, but has since expanded the range to also include petrol options.

Slotting in between the mid-size CX-5 and large CX-9, the CX-8 offers seating for up to seven occupants, as well as the brand’s signature premium interior appointments.

Prices for the CX-8 start at $39,910 for the , and extends up to $69,290 for the , with various options for front- or all-wheel drive, and petrol or diesel sprinkled throughout.

The petrol engine is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder outputting 140kW/252Nm, while the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel unit makes 140kW/450Nm.

Regardless of engine or drivetrain, the CX-8 is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Mazda CX-8 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda CX-8 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $32,500 and going to $71,390 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $32,500 $71,390
2021 SUV 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $39,910 $69,290
2020 SUV 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $32,500 $71,390
2019 SUV 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $32,300 $60,830
2018 SUV 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $28,600 $51,920
See All Mazda CX-8 Pricing and Specs

Mazda CX-8 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda CX-8 SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1720x1840x4900 mm 200 mm
2020 SUV 1720x1840x4900 mm 200 mm
2019 SUV 1720x1840x4900 mm 200 mm
2018 SUV 1720x1840x4900 mm 200 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda CX-8 Dimensions

Mazda CX-8 Interior

The CX-8 interior is decked out with soft-touch and high-quality materials, even in entry-level form.

Higher grades score leather across the dashboard and seats, but even the Sport, Touring and Touring SP feature a nice steering wheel, shifter and comfy seats.

Mazda CX-8 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda CX-8 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Which mid-size, diesel SUV should I buy?

    Mazda’s SUV range (CX-5 and CX-8) are popular with their owners and have a good reputation in the trade. Crucially, they’re also available with a turbo-diesel engine, so they fit your criteria on that basis. We’d also suggest you take a good look at the South Korean brands’ offerings (Hyundai and Kia) as these are also highly rated by the trade and those companies have been involved with small-capacity diesel engines for decades, so the technology is pretty well sorted.

    It’s interesting that you’ve had a good run from your Holden Captiva as that is far from the experience of many owners and former owners of this particular vehicle. As the Captiva ages it is very likely to start giving trouble, so the best advice is to trade up to a newer vehicle sooner rather than later.

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  • Mazda CX-8 DPF issues around town?

    Given the CX-8 only arrived on the market in June 2018, it's a bit too early to say conclusively, but the current CX-5 diesel (which shares its mechanicals with the CX-8) seems to be trouble free under these conditions. 

    Early versions of the first-generation CX-5 diesel had diesel particulate filter (DPF) issues that caused diesel fuel to leak into the engine oil, but this was fixed with hardware and software upgrades under warranty in 2012. 

    Having said that, any car will likely benefit from the odd highway run, but I wouldn't have any concerns about the CX-8 around town. 

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Mazda CX-8 Colours

Five colours are available as standard - Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Titanium Flash, Platinum Quartz and Snowflake White Pearl.

Three premium colours are available as a $495 option - Machine Grey, Polymetal Grey and Mazda's signature Soul Red.

  • Jet Black
  • Deep Crystal Blue
  • Titanium Flash
  • Platinum Quartz
  • Snowflake White Pearl
  • Machine Grey
  • Polymetal Grey
  • Soul Red
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda CX-8 Towing Capacity

The Mazda CX-8 has maximum towing capacity of 2000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 1800kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 1800kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2018 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
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Mazda CX-8 Seats

The CX-8 offers seating for seven occupants, at least in all grades but the top-spec Asaki LE.

The flagship variant swaps out the second-row bench seat for two plush captain's chairs, reducing capacity to six.

The seats as standard are upholstered in cloth, while higher grades score leather.

Mazda CX-8 Seats

Mazda CX-8 Accessories

The interior is centred around an 8.0-inch multimedia system, which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Occupants can use touch or a rotary control knob for functions.

Higher grades gain a larger 10.25-inch system, which loses touch functionality, but also features much slimmer bezels for a sexier design.

Mazda CX-8 Boot Space

The Mazda CX-8 SUV has a boot space size of 775 Litres.
Mazda CX-8 Boot space Mazda CX-8 Boot space

Mazda CX-8 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda CX-8 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 8.1L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 5.7L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 8.1L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 5.7L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 5.7L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda CX-8 Pricing and Specs for 2021

Mazda CX-8 Speed

Mazda doesn't quote an official 0-100km/h acceleration time for the CX-8, but you can expect the diesel version to hit that mark in around 9.5sec, and the petrol version about a second quicker.

Mazda CX-8 Wheel Size

The Mazda CX-8 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x65 R17 1 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 225x65 R17 1 225x65 R17 1
2020 SUV 225x65 R17 1 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 1 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda CX-8 Wheel Sizes