In this blog we’re assessing two state-of-the-art SUV’s available on the market in Australia today – the Mazda CX-9 and the Peugeot 5008.
As Mazda’s SUV flagship, the seven-seater CX-9 is Mazda’s has recently been updated with new technological elements, safety features and better handling capabilities.
The 5008 is a seven-seater that Peugeot believes will take off in Australia. Essentially it is a bigger version of the 3008; an inspired SUV that offers an amplified experience and cutting-edge technologies throughout.
The practicality of the Mazda CX-9 is admirable throughout the vehicle. The legroom in the second row, for example, is excellent and shows attention to detail. Front row passengers can sit with about 10cm of space between their knees and the seat back.
It is easy to fit passengers into the third row, thanks to the 60:40 folding second row on rails. It’s also good to see that the smaller foldable section is on the curb side of the car.
Owners with families will be overjoyed with this vehicle, it is easy to lift babies and small children into car seats. Also, the Mazda CX-9 is a fairly high up SUV.
The CX-9’s boot space with the third row down is outstanding at 810 litres (VDA). Storage in the cabin is fantastic with six cup holders (two in the first row, two in second and the others in the third). Each of the vehicle grades above the Sport come with storage in the fold-down centre armrest, which also contains a USB port.
All CX-9s have a compulsory USB port up front in the giant split-opening centre console bin and a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area.
The practicality of the 5008’s interior, can be compared through its tighter spacing in the third row. This vehicle has two rear spots, which are very handy features for a big family nonetheless.
The Peugeot 5008 is an insanely clever vehicle, one that a new owner could easily have in their position for an entire year or more before they have truly uncovered every single the practicality feature hidden around the highly-detailed cabin.
One of the 5008’s greatest features is without a doubt its boot space. With this vehicle, you can fold down the third and second rows, and even the passenger seat, to unlock a staggering 2042 litres of storage space.
This vehicle has an impressive cup holder count which sits at eight. This means that there is more than one per passenger, plus additional front-seat passengers can access the usual array of USB and power connections.
In the Peugeot 5008, the infotainment or multimedia system is operated by a clean and simple-to-use 8.0-inch touchscreen that’ is equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a wireless charging pad for an Android device. This vehicle also has a state-of-the-art satellite navigation system (alternatively you can utilise your phone’s GPS maps), DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connection and a CD player.
Currently, all of the 5008 variations are commendably well equipped features, including:
LED daytime running lights,
Adaptive cruise control with full stop, and
dual-zone air conditioning all appearing standard across the range.
Want more? You can remove both of the third row seats in their entirety (they each weigh 11kg). This frees up even more space capacity in the back. It also means how many seats each car owner has is entirely up to them. Smaller families, for example, who may occasionally needs seven seats can leave the additional seats in storage until they are needed.
The CX-9 is an efficient turbo-four, with Mazda themselves saying that any future front-wheel drive version will use 8.4L/100km. All-wheel drives will use 8.8L/100km after a combination of open and urban roads. You’ll also only need to feed it 91 RON – which is very efficient usage of petrol.
Tests at the time of the launched showcased an impressive usage of 10.3L/100km.
The Peugeot 5008’s petrol engine will return a claimed fuel economy of 7.0 litres per hundred kilometres for the combined cycle. The diesel fuel consumption is listed at 4.8L/100km.
The emissions for this vehicle are 156g/km (petrol) and 124g/km (diesel) of CO2.
The engine power
All of the Mazda CX-9’s have been fitted with the same engine – a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol. This engine makes an impressive 170kW and 420Nm. All of the CX-9’s also have the same six-speed automatic transmission.
Every one of the CX-9 grades aside from the Azami LE comes with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Azami LE is purely an all-wheel drive.
The vehicle from the French car manufacturer has two engine sizes currently on offer. These two engine types are: the turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine in the Allure and GT-Line, and the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel motor which is featured in the GT. Both of these engines are paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox (currently there is no manual option) and drive the front wheels exclusively. The Peugeot 5008 doesn’t have a proper 4X4 model available in the range.
There is no LPG option available, but much has been made of Peugeot’s entry into the world of electric powertrains, so it is expected that a plug-in hybrid 5008 model to be a future addition to the range.
Peugeot states that the 5008 has a maximum capacity to tow an impressive 1550kg in petrol-powered cars, and 1500kg in the diesel incarnation. A tow bar is also available as an optional accessory.
At 121kW at 6000rpm and 240Nm at 1400rpm for the petrol engine, and 133kW at 3750rpm and 400Nm at 2000rpm for the diesel, the horsepower specifications of the Peugeot 5008 are completely on-point. The diesel iteration of this vehicle has the capability to the punchiest drive around the town, thanks to the low-end torque.
The exterior of the Mazda CX-9 is sleek, stylish and beautiful. The SUV is more of a tall and sophisticated wagon than a traditional upright boxy SUV. This vehicle has a very prominent grille, and long, set-back cabins with a hatchback rear end.
Each of the CX-9 variants are identical when it comes to their outside. However, you can tell that the higher grades have larger-sized wheels and LED fog lights.
At almost 5.1 metres long, nearly 2.0m wide and getting onto 1.8m tall you’ll need a relatively large sized garage to be able to effectively house a CX-9.
At the time it was said that the Peugeot 3008 might be the best-looking SUV in its segment. The 5008 shares this in common with its smaller sibling.
It falls into a similar size category: 4641mm, which is certainly not a bad thing for its looks. The 5008 is approximately 165mm longer than the five-seat 3008. However, it is still completely dwarfed by other seven-seaters in the category. The Mazda CX-9, by contrast is 5075mm.
Being a large vehicle isn’t always a plus when it comes to car design, so this benefits the 5008 in looks that are both dynamic and compact. The 5008 has a surface area stretching from the C-pillar to the tail-lights hinting at the seven seats within. It contains a reasonably-sized bonnet, blacked-out body kit and big shining alloys across the line-up which give the 5008 a strong presence on the road.
Cleverly, the Peugeot 5008 seems like it is much bigger on the inside than you would originally assume from its exterior. The interior feels completely spacious with an airy front section with the second row featuring spacious interior dimensions.
The design of the cabin could be one which divides people down the middle. It has a futuristic-feeling design that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. The textured, layered dash design makes both the driver and front passenger feel as though they’re sitting in their own cockpit, with the comprehensive controls in the dash which take care of every part of the car from the hazard lights to the air-conditioning.
The CX-9 is an excellent vehicle. In its most recent incarnation it has the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has excellent safety technology and provides the driver with a great ride that has excellent handling. In many ways, it provides stiff competition as one of the best seven-seater all-round SUV’s on the market in Australia today.
However, our personal favourite would have to the Peugeot 5008. The French car manufacturer has knocked things out of the park, with impressive storage space in the cargo area. The 5008 also has a versatile interior, two solid options of engines and a conventional automatic transmission. All of these points make 5008 very hard to beat as a contender in the seven-seat class.