The Mazda CX-9 has been given a boost with a new variant and more equipment across the range. On sale now is the new model Azami LE, a strange name but it comes full of solid kit.

The new range topper is part of a second major update to the current CX-9 range, launched in 2016. Mazda’s safety package ACTIVSENSE is now standard across the range. This includes Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function, Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-keep Assist System, Traffic Sign Recognition and High Beam Control (HBC). This array of tech joins the current Smart City Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Driver Attention Alert. So it’s fair to say Mazda value safety.

All grades also score a head up display and a tire pressure monitoring system. The CX-9 is also the first Mazda SUV to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

So what makes the Azami so aspirational? Well it gains extra luxury touches such as front seat ventilation, a 360° View Monitor, seven-inch LCD TFT multi-information instrument cluster, heated steering wheel, windscreen de-icer and a frameless rear-vision mirror.

The LE takes it a step further with new colours, brown Napa leather seats, real wood panels on the doors and an ambient LED light package.

Suspension tweaks have improved ride quality and overall refinement levels while Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged engine and six-speed auto remains unchanged.