If you’re looking for a seven-seat SUV there’s a fair chance the Toyota Kluger would have been on your shopping list at some point – and with good reason. It’s stylish, well packaged, competitively priced and has dominated sales in its segment for ages.
But what if you want something newer - maybe a bit more stylish - with more modern features and a more technologically advanced engine? You could consider the new-generation Mazda CX-9. And while the Kluger is decently priced, the Mazda is quite a bit cheaper.
Not that either of these models are the budget-friendly variants of their respective ranges.
We assembled the two top-spec versions of these seven-seat, petrol-only family haulers – the 2016 Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD and 2016 Toyota Kluger Grande AWD, respectively – to see whether you should go with the one that has become a go-to option for families around the country, or if you should roll the dice with the new kid on the block.