Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

For 2022, the family SUV CX-5 has received some updates, a lightly revised front end, LED headlamps and a stiffer bodyshell to improve handling. 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 an 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.

 

Mazda CX-5 passengers will find interior space to be more than adequate, although the 522 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. Four new trim lines;  Centre-Line has 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and a 10.3-inch infotainment system and wireless Android Auto / Apple CarPlay. Newground has 19-inch alloy wheels, black wing mirror covers and silver trim on the side sills, part leather seats, that are heated in the front. Exclusive Line adds a tilt-and-slide sunroof, power tailgate, heated steering wheel and keyless entry. The Driver Assistance pack usually an £800 extra (Adaptive LED Headlights, Driver Attention Alert, Rear Smart City Brake Support & 360o View Monitor) can be added to this trim for £200. The Homura is the sporty trim with black wheels and red stitching in the seats but is only avaialble on the Scheme with a manual gearbox.

 

The Mazda CX-5 is only available with a non-turbo 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 163bhp, the e-Skyactiv, has 24v Mild Hybrid assistance and cylinder shutoff to preserve fuel.  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 10.7 seconds (10.2 as an Auto). Economy is 43.5 miles per gallon as a manual or 40.9 as an automatic.

Advance Payment prices for the manual car are £2299 Centre-Line,  £2599 Newground and £2799 Exclusive Line and  £3499 Homura. To have an automatic gearbox CX-5 add £500 (Auto not an option in Homura trim)