Although the second-generation Mazda CX-9 was officially launched in Malaysia in November 2017, the flagship seven-seater SUV was already available (in very limited units) in late 2016 due to customer requests.

While we loved every bit of the Australian-spec CX-9 2.5L SkyActiv Turbo 2WD, the Malaysian-spec with All-Wheel-Drive, G-Vectoring Control and full Adaptive LED headlamps is the one Eu Jin thinks is a worthy pick over other premium brands in the sub RM300k price category.

Powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged SkyActiv petrol engine, the CX-9 packs 227 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Drive is channelled to all four wheels via a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

Some would lambast Bermaz Motors for the CX-9’s price tag but do remember this is a fully-imported SUV that is positioned to be the Japanese marque’s flagship vehicle. So, if you had RM300k, what would be your pick?