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Mazda CX-80 expands SUV range
The Mazda CX-80 will come in diesel and PHEV form.
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What's all this about?

Following the introduction of the CX-60, Mazda is expanding its large SUV range with the CX-80, a three-row variant designed to cater to a broader audience that seeks the versatility of a seven-seat SUV. Positioned to compete with models like the Toyota Highlander and Skoda Kodiaq, as well as premium options such as the Volvo XC90, the CX-80 offers enhanced interior space and accessibility, making it an appealing choice for families.

Retaining many of the CX-60's design cues, the CX-80 boasts a classical aesthetic characterised by an elongated bonnet and cab-rearward profile. It measures just under five metres long at 4,995mm, and is 1,890mm wide and 1,710mm in height. With a 250mm-longer wheelbase, the CX-80 prioritises interior comfort and ease of entry, ensuring ample headroom for passengers in the third row and accommodating adults up to 1.7 metres tall.

Distinctive design elements include concealed exhaust pipes and striking 20-inch alloy wheels, complementing the CX-80's proportions. Introducing a fresh colour option, Melting Copper, alongside the signature Artisan Red, Mazda underscores its commitment to design excellence, which is evident in details like the thicker chrome mouldings accentuating the extended side windows.

What about the inside?

Inside, the CX-80 sets a new standard for spaciousness within Mazda's line-up, offering three cabin layouts: a six-seat configuration facilitating a walk-through to the third row; a six-seat layout with a centre console; and a seven-seat variant. The second-row bench in the seven-seat model boasts adjustable features, including sliding functionality and recline options, while one-touch folding rear seats optimise access to the third row.

Despite prioritising passenger comfort, the CX-80 maintains a practical approach to cargo space, with 286 litres available when all seats are in use. The ability to expand storage capacity by folding down the third-row seats boosts space to 687 litres. Upholding Mazda's commitment to premium craftsmanship, the interior boasts high-quality materials such as real maple wood, Nappa leather, and intricate Msusbu stitching inspired by Japanese knot tying. It all looks and, more importantly, feels quite premium.

Equipped with modern conveniences, the CX-80 incorporates innovative technologies like the Driver Personalisation System, which adjusts driving settings based on individual preferences. Featuring a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the CX-80 ensures connectivity and entertainment for all occupants.

Additional conveniences include wireless charging pads and USB-C ports for every seat, enhancing passenger convenience. For hybrid models, an optional 1,500-watt AC power supply taps into the lithium-ion battery for external power needs.

What engine options will there be?

Two engine options power the CX-80: a 254hp 3.3-litre diesel six-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild hybrid system, and a 2.5-litre petrol plug-in hybrid that uses a 129kW electric motor and 17.8kWh lithium-ion battery. The latter provides a 37-mile electric-only driving range and has a total system output of 327hp. Both versions boast impressive towing capabilities, with the ability to pull a 2,500kg braked trailer.

Both engine options feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and Mazda's i-Activ all-wheel-drive system, ensuring responsive handling and stability across diverse driving conditions. The CX-80 offers a range of customisation options in five trim levels, with standard features including adjustable front seats and multiple seating configurations tailored to individual preferences.

How much will it cost?

Pricing is still to be confirmed but it will carry a premium over the CX-60, which currently has a starting price of £45,320.

Dave Humphreys - 18 Apr 2024

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