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The ULTIMATE Guide to Mazda's SUV Range

Table of Contents

  1. The Mazda SUV range
    1. CX-3
    2. CX-30
    3. CX-5
    4. CX-8
    5. CX-9
    6. MX-30
  2. Which Mazda SUV is right for me?
    1. Size
    2. Seats
    3. Performance
    4. Safety
  3. Test drive the Mazda SUV range for yourself

Australian's love SUVs, but choosing the right one for your lifestyle and needs can be tricky. Whether you're looking for a reliable car for commuting, a capable family SUV or a stylish drive with unique features – the Mazda SUV range has an option to suit all different lifestyles.

Check out our guide to Mazda's SUV range below or get in touch with the team at Melville Mazda to discuss your options and arrange a test drive.

The Mazda SUV range


The Mazda CX-3 is the perfect compact SUV for singles, couples and first car owners. As the entry level SUV, it offers great value for smaller budgets and features a suite of driver assist technologies and connectivity capabilities.

The CX-3 shines in city driving and daily commutes. The use of Mazda's famous Kodo design means it feels smooth and intuitive to drive whether you choose the front or all wheel drive option.

Notable features:

  • 5-Star safety ratings

  • Front wheel drive and all wheel drive options

  • 360 degree view monitor


The Mazda CX-30 is a new generation of small SUVs which manages to balance a sleek contemporary design with a spacious interior.

It's a perfectly sized compact SUV for singles and couples who want something modern and versatile. The technology offerings are first class, with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard across the range.

Notable features:

  • Large range of choices

  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control

  • Glass sunroof in the G25 Astina model


The Mazda CX-5 is the top pick for small families, offering 5 seats and 442 litres of boot space. It's great for daily needs in the city but can also handle adventures off road.

The interior features premium design touches like nappa leather seats, a frameless mirror and real wood trims on particular models.

Smartphone connectivity and advanced safety technology come standard across the range. Plus the Skyactiv-G 2.5T Turbo Engine option allows you to get more oomph if you have an active lifestyle.

Notable features:

  • Turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T Turbo Engine

  • i-ACTIV all wheel drive with 27 sensors for improved stability

  • 360 degree Mazda CX view monitor


Families with older kids and a sense for adventure will enjoy the Mazda CX-8. It's a roomy SUV model with 6 or 7 seats in three rows, but with all the elegance and style that Mazda is known for.

Driving the CX-8 gives you a taste of Mazda's unique handling and a luxury sporty feel, especially with the Touring SP grade. It performs well both for daily commuting and long drives on the open road.

You can choose from the impressively efficient 2.2L diesel engine or the responsive direct-injection 2.5L petrol engine.

Notable features:

  • 6 or 7 seats

  • 2.5L petrol engine or 2.2L diesel engine

  • 775L cargo space with rear seats folded down


As the ultimate SUV for growing families, the Mazda CX-9 offers the most space and versatility in the Mazda SUV range.

Like the CX-8, it has three rows of seats, with a choice of 6 or 7 seat configurations, but there's also a whopping 810 litres of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.

The 2.5L turbocharged engine gives the CX-9 an intuitive driving experience, more power and better fuel efficiency than you might expect from an SUV of its size.

Notable features:

  • 6 or 7 seats

  • Spacious premium interior

  • 2.5L, 170kW / 420Nm turbocharged engine


The Mazda MX-30 is a future-focused hybrid engine SUV which features sustainable materials throughout. A cork console, recycled fabrics and premium faux leather seats give the interior a distinct and classy look.

Size-wise it's comparable to the CX-30 at just under 4.4 metres long and 1.8 metres wide. Safety ratings are excellent thanks to enhanced i-Activsense safety technologies, including G vectoring control, smart brake support and lane departure warning.

Those looking for a full electric SUV – it's on the way!

Notable features:

  • Hybrid and electric options

  • Sustainable materials used in the interior

  • Active driving display

Which Mazda SUV is right for me?

Whether you're looking for a small SUV that's easy to manoeuvre or a spacious car for transporting a growing family, the Mazda SUV range has something for everyone.

Keep the following factors in mind when deciding which option is right for you.


If spaciousness is at the top of your priorities, the CX-9 is the best option, closely followed by the CX-8. With the extra row of seats and generous cargo capacity, these large SUVs are perfect for growing families.

Those who prefer the maneuverability of smaller SUVs should look at the CX-3 and CX-30. The CX-5 is slightly more roomy and may be a better choice for smaller families and road trips.


All the options come with 5 seats, except the CX-8 and CX-9 which both have the option of 6 or 7 seats in three rows. It's important to choose an option that will cater to your current needs but also be able to meet your future needs too.


Mazda SUVs come with a range of engine specs to suit different lifestyles.

If you plan on doing a lot of long drives in your car, going with a diesel engine might help you get more kms. The CX-8 and the CX-5 have diesel options.

Inner city drivers who do a lot of stop-start driving might do better with a turbocharged petrol engine which offers good fuel efficiency. The CX-9 and CX-5 both offer Skyactiv 2.5T Turbo Petrol Engines, making them great choices for city driving.

If you're interested in buying an electric car, the MX-30 is the one to keep your eye on.


All options come with 5-Star ANCAP safety ratings and a range of advanced safety features. When considering the different safety options, it's important to look at the individual grades, not just the car model.

Test drive the Mazda SUV range for yourself

There's no better way to find out which Mazda SUV is right for you than test driving your options at a local Mazda dealer in Perth.

Get in touch with the team at Melville Mazda today to book a test drive!