2024 Mazda CX-90 G50e GT (car review)

It’s one of the most anticipated models of 2024 – the Mazda CX-90 G50e GT – an SUV that’s packing a punch, with a 254kW/500Nm 3.3-litre turbocharged straight six, paired with a mild hybrid, under the hood. It’s not cheap though.

Forming part of Mazda’s large vehicle group, which is essentially the flagship for its push into the luxury SUV space, the CX-90 GT sits mid-pack in a three pronged range that has the Touring below it, and the Azami above.

At around $92,000 drive away, it’s easy to grumble about the price, but you do get plenty of value, including 21-inch alloys, auto adaptive LED headlights, auto wipers, front and rear parking sensors – and that’s just on the outside.

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Jump inside, and there’s a 12.3-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, and an identically sized digital instrument cluster, a 12-speaker Bose sound system that legitimately rocks, black leather trim, a reversing camera and surround view monitor.

You’ll also find power-adjustable and heated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, three-zone climate control, a wireless phone charger, rear door sunshades, a heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring and a space-saver spare.

2024 Mazda CX-90 G50e GT
2024 Mazda CX-90 G50e GT

It’s a big unit too, with its large platform underpinnings giving it a 190mm longer wheelbase (even though the car itself has only been stretched 25mm) than the CX-9. The advantage that brings is space, in abundance.

The front seats are comfortable, with rather spongy cushioning that makes them a delight to sit in, and the bolsters are quite firm. You’ll find a pair of cupholders, bottle holders in the doors, and a curiously shallow centre console bin under a split-lid armrest.

A wireless charging pad and USB-C ports provide tech support. The second row has three well-shaped seats, a centre armrest with cupholders, two USB-C ports, air vents with climate zone, and bottle holders in the doors.

That space is super roomy in all directions. The transmission tunnel isn’t too big either, but the middle seat won’t be a whole lot of fun for extended trips. Impressively, there is genuine space for someone that’s 180cm tall in the third row.

You’ll find storage trays back there too, USB-C ports for power, a pair of cupholders and even air vents. You might feel a little snug back there, but at least you can keep your phone charged and stay cool.

dash
Inside the 2024 Mazda CX-90 G50e GT

While the outgoing CX-9 was handsome, the CX-90 looks leaner and more elegant – particularly in GT and Azami trims, with the extra touches of chrome and larger 21-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the improvements aren’t as mammoth as you might expect.

The touch points are almost all top-notch. The sides of the centre console and the top of the dash in particular are lovely, with only the lowest reaches of the doors and dash finished in hard plastic. Black leather is standard across the range.

The GT can also be optioned with Stone leather and the Azami swaps its regular hide for Nappa and adds some subtle brown accents. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be controlled with the rotary dial or via touch inputs on the larger 12.3-inch screen.

That’s even possible while you’re driving (although Mazda turns off the touch capability of its own system when the vehicle’s in motion). All other functions require the use of the rotary dial.

In addition to the larger semi-touchscreen, GT and Azami models get a fully digital instrument cluster. This presents well, and offers a more high-tech interpretation of Mazda’s traditional analogue gauges.

front seats
Inside the 2024 Mazda CX-90 G50e GT

Rear storage is 257-litres with all three rows up, while dropping the last of these expands it to 608-litres. Lay down row two and you can access 2,025-litres. There’s a space-saver spare, and the tailgate can be closed (or closed and locked) at the push of a button.

On the road, the powertrain is good for a 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds, while the 3.3-litre engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, developed in-house. Known as Skyactiv-Drive, it substitutes a conventional torque converter for a wet clutch.

Braked towing capacity is 2,500kg, and combined fuel economy is a claimed 8.2-litres/100km. In real world testing we averaged 11.5-litres/100km, with a best of 8.9-litres in a proper economy run.

The vehicle was driven in a combination of Sport and Normal modes, with some heavy-footed inputs (it sounds so good, you have to do it). The CX-90’s nicely balanced ride comfort and poise is excellent, and any body roll is nicely controlled.

The all-wheel drive system has a noticeable rear bias giving the car a sporty feel. It is a little firmer than expected for a large vehicle, which helps keep the Mazda on track and comfortable. It doesn’t experience the floating feeling of other large SUV’s.

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Inside the 2024 Mazda CX-90 G50e GT

Steering is a little heavy, and while feedback is limited, it does a good job on most road surfaces. Power delivery is smooth, gear shifts are slick. It does occasionally feel a little clunky at low speed, but it won’t detract too much from the overall driving experience.

All-in-all it’s an intriguing motor vehicle. It’s super smooth, feels luxurious inside and out, and delivers great handling with a hint of sportiness. The GT comes in eight colours, including Sonic Silver, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Mica Blue and Platinum Quartz.

You can also choose Rhodium White, Machine Grey, Soul Red Crystal and Artisan Red. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 range is backed by a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, with capped price servicing over the same period.

To find out more, you can visit the Mazda Australia website, or talk to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Mazda Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
9
Exterior styling
9
Interior look and feel
9
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros – engine growl; seamless drivetrain; luxe interior; elegant looks.
Cons – needs to be a proper hybrid; touchscreen functionality not available when driving; needs adaptive dampers.
Peter Swat
Peter Swat
Peter is a lover not a fighter, with a deep passion for motorcycles and performance cars. He has been riding for some 14 years. His favourite bike is the BMW S 1000 RR and he has a passion for sports bikes and cruisers alike.

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<strong>Pros –</strong> engine growl; seamless drivetrain; luxe interior; elegant looks.<br> <strong>Cons –</strong> needs to be a proper hybrid; touchscreen functionality not available when driving; needs adaptive dampers.2024 Mazda CX-90 G50e GT (car review)