Mazda CX-5

The new for 2018 Mazda CX-5 sits on the old platform, the wheelbase is the same size, but it’s 10mm longer, 35mm lower and much sharper-looking thanks to smaller lights, a longer bonnet and wider grille. Mazda, with their Kodo design philosophy, believe small design improvements add up to make a big difference with the focus being on all-round refinement. We can buy into this philosophy as the CX-5 is a much more appealing proposition. The seating is comfortable and its easy to find a good driving position, the suspension is a little on the firm side so potholes can be jarring, particularly with the larger 19 inch tyres, but out on the open road it’s great – with nicely weighted steering, very little side to side movement and it can raise a smile on the more twisty roads too, comparable to the Seat Ateca and Ford Kuga.

 

The major changes to the CX-5 are externally, the aforementioned larger grille and slim head and tail lights. The interior of the CX-5 looks much as before, but feels very different thanks to Mazda’s use of higher-grade materials. Surfaces are pleasantly tactile while discreet chrome highlights convey a real sense of quality. There’s up-to-date technology, too, including a prominent seven-inch infotainment screen. A conveniently located rotary controller avoids you having to reach to operate it and smudging the screen.

 

 

Mazda CX-5 passengers will find interior space to be more than adequate, although the 506-litre boot is a little smaller than the 615 litres the VW Tiguan can provide if its adjustable rear seats are slid fully forwards. If the boot frustrates, though, it’ll soon be forgiven when you experience how quiet the Mazda is inside. Engine noise is subdued and carefully considered sound-deadening blocks the worst of the rumble from the car’s wide tyres.

The new  CX-5 has two trim levels, SE-L+ and Sport+. SE-L+ has 17 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights including LED daytime running lights and LED front fog lights, adaptive front lighting System, dusk-sensing lights, heated auto power-folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, driver and front passenger seat height adjustment, electronic parking brake, rain-sensing front wipers, Cruise control, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, engine start / stop button, 7 inch touch-screen display with sat nav but no Apple carplay, advanced braking support, cruise control and lane departure warning and lane keep assist. Sport+ models add 19 inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, power tailgate, leather trim, 8-way power adjustable driver seat with memory and 6-way power adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, windscreen projected display, keyless entry system, Bose sound system with ten speakers and power tilt and slide sunroof (petrol and AWD Diesel models only) One point of note is that the CX-5 can feel quite dark inside, Sport+ trim customers can upgrade to ‘Stone’ leather seats for £200.

 

The Mazda CX-5 is available with a non-turbo 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 163bhp. A six speed manual or six speed Automatic gearbox is avaialble. The engine is much lighter than a diesel unit, (135kg lighter) making it the most fun CX-5 it is also smooth, free revving and very quiet, there are mixed reports over a lack of mid range grunt and a gap where a turbo would assist so you must drive this car prior to ordering, three years is a long time to drive a car you don’t get along with. 62 miles per hour can be reached in 10.3 seconds (9.8 as an Auto) and economy is an excellent 44.1 miles per gallon. (42.8 Auto) This engine does return very good returns on all posted real world mpg figures which suggests 40mpg can be a reality. The 2.2 litre diesel in either two wheel drive with 148bhp or four wheel drive with 181bhp. The 148bhp unit is an excellent choice, 0-62 mph in 9.9 seconds and a claimed economy of 56.5 miles per gallon as a manual, or 10.7 seconds to 62mph and 51.4 mpg as a six speed automatic. The larger output car, 181bhp, is a higher tuned version of the smaller engine as both have sequential twin turbos, the all wheel drive only larger engine increases the torque from an already excellent 380nm to 445nm and is more powerful than reflected in the 0-62 time difference of 0.6 second to 9.3 for the manual car. Economy is the same as the smaller car with all wheel drive. The CX-5 has a braked tow weight of 1800 – 2100kg (Auto 4×4) and is well regarded within the Caravan press.

Front Wheel Drive:

 Summer Best Buy – Mazda CX-5 SE-L+  2.0 litre Petrol (163 bhp) Manual  –  £649 Advance payment (£65.12 wpms) or £949 (£66.74 +£56 wpms) as an Automatic

 Summer Best Buy – Mazda CX-5 Sport+  2.0 litre Petrol (163 bhp) Manual  –  £999 Advance payment (£66.74 +£106 wpms) or £1299 (£219 wpms) as an Automatic

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Mazda CX-5 SE-L+  2.2 litre Diesel (148 bhp) Manual  –  £1199 Advance payment (£119 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£1499 (£419 wpms) as an Automatic (Sport+ trim prices have not decreased but remain at £1999 manual and £2299 Auto) 

All Wheel Drive:

Summer Best Buy – Mazda CX-5 Sport+  2.2 litre diesel (181 bhp) Manual 4WD –  £2999 Advance payment (£1919 wpms) or£3699 (£2619 wpms) as an Automatic