Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE 2021 AWD SUV Review

We drive the CX-8 Asaki LE for a road test review

Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE – CX-8 sits in the very competitive seven seat AWD SUV segment, so how does it stand out. Well by adding a six seat version that is packed with luxury and two captain’s chairs for the middle row.

Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE The CX-8 Asaki LE features quilted Nappa leather seats with heating, ventilation and electronic adjustment for both front and middle row seats.

The middle row captain’s seats are separated by a functional console with arm rests, cup holders and USB ports.

Interior colour themes are either Chroma Brown or pure White.

Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE Captains chairs

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The Asaki LE is powered exclusively by the 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine, i-Activ AWD and a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination provides enough oomph for everyday driving as well as great economy.

Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE front interior

Its an ideal family SUV for those that want a little extra luxury and comfort.

As you would expect the CX-8 comes with a five star ANCAP safety rating and Mazdas five year unlimited kilometre warranty and road side assistance

The CX-8 Asaki LE is priced from $69,290 plus the usual costs.

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 What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Quality ambience
  • Comfortable seats
  • Smooth diesel
  • No touchscreen
  • Ride can be a little soft when pushed
  • Starting to get pricey

Mazda CX-8 engine diesel

Model   

Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE  

Model Price From $69,290 MLP*
Engine 2.2L Twin Turbo 4 Cyl Diesel
Drivetrain 6 speed Auto AWD
Power 140kW @ 4500rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 2000rpm
Safety 5 Star  ANCAP (tested 2018)
CO2 Emissions 158g/km
0-100kmh / top speed 9.6sec/TBC
Economy ADR / Tank 6.0 L/100km ADR, 7.8 L/100km over our test / 74L
Servicing 12 months / 10,000 km
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

 *MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options.

*RDAP is a recommended drive away price.

Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE Profile

Overall Rating    

85/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
AWD Ability / Towing 8
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

Mazda CX-8 rear

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 4900mm
Wheelbase 2930mm
Width / Height 1840mm / 1725mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 200mm / N/A
Approach/Ramp over/Departure N/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 74 Litres / 11.6mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 1977kg / 2555kg / 4555kg / 578kg
Boot space min / Boot space max 209L / 775L
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 2000kg / 150kg

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 8/10
    AWD Ability / Towing - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Technology / connectivity - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Value for Money - 8/10
8.5/10

Summary

The Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE is priced from $69,290 plus the usual costs.
Its an ideal family SUV for those that want a little extra luxury and comfort.

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Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her. Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed. In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.