Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD SUV 2022 Review

We drive the CX-9 Azami on a road test review

Mazda CX-9 Azami – in the world of family SUVs the Mazda CX-9 sits in an unusual spot. With levels of interior luxury and comfort that rivals many European SUVs the CX-9 Azami is an AWD SUV that is designed for urban environment and family transport.

Mazda CX-9 Azami front

The Azami comes in a seven seat configuration and the LE comes with mid captain’s chairs with six seats.

Little things like the external mirrors dipping in reverse, wireless charging tray for smartphones, sumptuous Nappa leather seats, both heated and ventilated, with additional electronic lumbar support for the driver all make the interior comfortable

The large 10.25 inch central infotainment screen is controlled by a dial arrangement that is both convenient and inconvenient at the same time.

Mazda CX-9 Azami screen


Powered by a Skyactiv-G 2.5T turbocharged four- cylinder petrol engine that produces 170kW and 420 Nm from a relatively low 2000rpm. This is mated to an AWD system driven through a six speed AT. It’s a little thirsty though and we used around 10.4l/100k on our test. It all works well but is a little behind the competition now.

Driving the CX-9 around town is smooth and quiet, perfect for the school run. On the freeway it provides relaxed cruising with the slightest bit of wind noise from the mirrors.

All up the CX-9 Azami is well worth the drive. Priced from a bit under $71,000 plus the usual costs it’s a touch pricey though

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Comfortable Ride and Handling
  • Luxury interior
  • Stylish

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2022 Mazda CX-9 Azami  

Model Price $70,550 MLP*
Engine 2.5L 4 Cyl Turbo Skyactive
Drivetrain 6 Sp AT AWD
Power 170kW at 5.000rpm
Torque 420 Nm @ 2,000rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (August 2020)
CO2 Emissions 211 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 9.0L/100km /11.2L/100km on test / 74L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A / N/A
Servicing 12mths/ 10000km Capped Price
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 means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Mazda CX-9 Azami interior

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Style / appeal 9
Technology / Connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

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Overall Length 5075mm
Wheelbase 2930mm
Width / Height 1749mm / 1969mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 222mm / N/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 74 Litres / 11.8mts KTK
Approach / rampover / departure degrees N/A
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2011kg / 2575kg / 4575kg / 565kg
Max Roof Load / Boot max / min TBC / 810L / 210L
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 2000kg / 150kg

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More Mazda CX-9 Thoughts

What does the CX-9 look like?

Initial impressions are of a stylish up market SUV and that is exactly what it is.

The CX-9 is larger than you expect, the designers do a good job of slimming it down, but at over 5m long and 1749mm wide its a bit of a hefty SUV.

However Mazda gets the proportions right, from the familial bold grill through a sleek profile to the bulbous rear end that somehow seems to enhance an almost coupe like profile.

Running on 20 inch alloy wheels with 255/50 R20 tyres the wheel arches are full

CX-9 certainly has an imposing look that blends with the urban environment.

Mazda CX-9 Azami interior steering wheel

Is the CX-9 Azami comfortable inside?

Short answer is YES.

Front seats allow the occupants to sink into them. With multiple electronic adjustment, including lumbar, as well as heating and ventilation they will support for long trips.

There is just enough side thigh and waist bolster to cocoon those sitting.

In front of the driver is a heated thick leather steering wheel, height and reach adjustable, that circles the instrument binnacle. That is a three ring style that is somewhat unusual today, but works a treat. The steering wheel spokes have a touch of angularity about them

Driving position is comfortable even for those larger than the average bear like me and elbow resting makes for relaxed steering.

Even though there is a tray in front of the transmission controls, there isn’t a lot of little places to put things. Cupholders get filled quickly

Mazda CX-9 Azami screen controls. and screen

I’m not a fan of the dial control for the infotainment system

It requires you wandering through the options rather than the simple touch screen system.

Windscreen washers work well,. Lights likewise and the auto highbeam has good calibration.

Mazda CX-9 Azami rear seats

Rear seats have ample room for two and a third squeezed in between. There are rear seat heaters for the outer seats and controls with USB ports etc.

They slide forward for access to the third row. These are definitely in the realm of tots or very occasional and for short trips.

The seats third row seats have an electronic fold function and both back rows fold flat to allow practical configurations.

Mazda CX-9 Azami central screen

CX-9 Azami additional features

Additional features include

  • HUD Active Driving Display,
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS),
  • Apple® CarPlay™ and Android Auto™,
  • front seat ventilation,
  • 360° View Monitor,
  • instrument panel-mounted seven-inch LCD TFT multi-information display,
  • heated steering wheel,
  • windscreen de-icer and
  • a sleek, frameless internal rear-vision mirror.
  • Mazda Connect infotainment system with 10.25-inch colour screen,
  • as well as ‘Qi’ wireless smartphone charging functionality

Mazda CX-9 Azami instrument binnacle

CX-9 Engine and drivetrain

The CX-9 comes with the Skyactiv-G 2.5T turbocharged four- cylinder petrol engine. If you want a diesel you need to look at the CX-8.

This engine develops some 170kW of power at 5,000rpm with 420Nm torque peak available from only 2,000rpm. Mazda’s i-stop system intelligently stops the engine at rest, restarting it again once brake pedal pressure is relaxed, to maximise efficiency.

A six-speed torque converter automatic transmission is the perfect accompaniment to the Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine’s power delivery, while a choice of front-wheel drive or i-Active all- wheel drive options are available. The six speed works ok but there are so many better transmissions on the market now that this feels a little like old technology.

Combined fuel consumption sits at 8.4L/100km for front-wheel drive variants and 9.0L/100km for the all-wheel drive models. We used 10.4l/100k on our test.

Mazda CX-9 Azami wheels and tyres

What is the CX-9 like to drive?

It drives like what it is, a big luxury family SUV. You wont win any races nor will you become fully engaged in a twisty windy road. However it does offer a modicum of sporty feel.

Ride is smooth and compliant, soaking up the road irregularities and cruises beautifully on the freeway. Handling doesn’t wallow like some large SUVs.

Think of the AWD system as nothing more that an additional safety feature in the wet or an advantage when heading to the snow for a holiday.

Mazda CX-9 Azami safety

CX-9 Safety features

Being a Mazda, occupant safety is assured for the updated CX-9.

Under the i-Activsense banner, all CX-9 models benefit from the following:

  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane-keep Assist System
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • High Beam Control
  • Smart City Brake Support (Forward/Reverse)
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Six airbags (front driver and passenger, front sides, curtain front and rear)

Mazda CX-9 Azami rear

CX-9 Azami final thoughts

I’ve always been a fan of the CX-9. Its big, comfortable and luxurious.

Great for a family of five with very occasional third row seats. ive always been of the opinion that a seven seat SUV defeats the purpose and there are better options if you need the extra seats regularly.

Its also getting expensive but you get a lot of quality for the money.

  • 8.6/10
    Rating - 8.6/10


Mazda CX-9 Azami – in the world of family SUVs the Mazda CX-9 sits in an unusual spot. With levels of interior luxury and comfort that rivals many European SUVs the CX-9 Azami is an AWD SUV that is designed for urban environment and family transport.

All up the CX-9 Azami is well worth the drive. Priced from a bit under $71,000 plus the usual costs it’s a touch pricey though

About Rob Fraser 2004 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.