190 HP Mazda CX-8 With 2.2-Liter Diesel DOes 0 to 100 KM/H Test

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When you think of forbidden fruit, the Mazda CX-8 doesn't immediately come to mind. However, the 7-seat cousin of the CX-5 isn't available in America or most of Europe, even though it would be a fantastic alternative to the +2 Tiguan model.
We don't know who the CX-8 was made for, but Mazda does offer it in parts of Asia. Australia also loves it, a lot. It's cheaper than the CX-9 and the engine it's provided with gets way better mileage than the 2.5 SkyActiv turbo. We also think there's an issue of perceived build quality here.

We've sampled the 2.2 in a number of cars, including the AWD Mazda6. It's an almost unique setup with an efficient compression ration and two turbochargers that don't need AdBlue to meet emissions. The updated version produces 190 HP and 450 Nm of torque. That's 332 pound-feet in American money.

The rest of the powertrain is the same as the CX-5, featuring either front or all-wheel-drive and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. While the wheelbase of the CX-8 is longer, we don't see any major styling differences between the two.

Before the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration test, this video gives us a quick walkaround of this cool Asaki trim model. It costs from 61,500 Australian dollars or about US$45,000 and gives you features like heated leather seats, a sunroof, Bose sound system, a reversing camera, and 19-inch wheels. That white leather reminds us Mazda makes some of the nicest interiors in the business.

The problem with Mazdas is usually that they feel sporty yet aren't really that fast. The 190 horsepower needs a full 9.17 seconds to push the crossover to 100 km/h. At 1,860kg, it's not particularly heavy, just a bit slow to respond. A quarter mile time of 16.57 seconds, which is pretty good for a 7-seater, supports our theory.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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