Although the Mazda CX-9 does not offer a diesel option the many features that are on offer by this family-orientated SUV have still helped it to find a niche in the Australian market. With new driver assists that include technologies like lane departure, blind-spot assistance auto high beam control and auto braking, this seven-seater may become better appreciated by Australian motorists.
The Mazda CX-9 has two front-wheel-drive and two all-wheel-drive variants from which to choose. All come with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.7-litre V6 engine that pushes 204kW and 367Nm. The luxury front-wheel-drive model has standard satellite navigation, as well as 20-inch alloys and is proving to be the most popular choice in the range, although the AWD behaves really well on both bitumen and dirt roads. Bumps and potholes are absorbed well without too much lean when cornering. The interior gives this SUV added appeal.
Bluetooth and audio streaming with a USB port, which are supported by a 10-speaker Bose sound system that includes a subwoofer, as well as smartphone connectivity takes care of entertainment and communication. The cabin’s low noise and vibration levels ensure that there is little to interfere with listening pleasure. Driver and passenger comfort is provided by leather, electronically adjustable front seats, three-zone climate control air-conditioning and more.
Heated mirrors that tilt down, a reversing camera, auto headlamps, as well as rain-sensing wipers and a sunroof in the luxury variant may yet persuade Australian drivers to overlook the lack of a diesel engine.