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


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


Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE  

Model PriceFrom $69,290 MLP*
Engine2.2L Twin Turbo 4 Cyl Diesel
Drivetrain6 speed Auto AWD
Power140kW @ 4500rpm
Torque450Nm @ 2000rpm
Safety5 Star  ANCAP (tested 2018)
CO2 Emissions158g/km
0-100kmh / top speed9.6sec/TBC
Economy ADR / Tank6.0 L/100km ADR, 7.8 L/100km over our test / 74L
Servicing12 months / 10,000 km
Warranty5yr/ 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    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose9
AWD Ability / Towing8
Technology / connectivity8
Value for Money8

Mazda CX-8 rear


Overall Length4900mm
Width / Height1840mm / 1725mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 200mm / N/A
Approach/Ramp over/DepartureN/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle74 Litres / 11.6mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload1977kg / 2555kg / 4555kg / 578kg
Boot space min / Boot space max209L / 775L
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating2000kg / 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


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.