Mazda renews and refines top-selling CX-5 with added features new Touring model
MAZDA has renewed and refined its volumeselling mid-sized CX-5 SUV as the company digs in to continue car’s four-year stint as Australia’s top-selling vehicle in class. First launched 2012, “next-gen’’ CX-5 that hit the roads earlier this year featured many improvements inside and out, and addition of a new model to the range in all-wheel-drive Touring specification, which sits between Maxx Sport GT, is available with petrol or diesel engines. The 2.5-litre can be yours for $43,327 drive away the 2.2-litre diesel, which we are reviewing here, for $46,113. In addition to features found in the Maxx Sport, Touring adds body colour-coded power-mirrors, a flip-up active driving display, black suede and “Maztex’’ seat trim, advanced keyless entry, front parking sensors and traffic sign recognition. Blind spot monitor indicators are standard as are a host of other safety features, including the rear-cross alert, which warns approaching cars when reversing from a parking space or driveway. The CX-5 comes equipped with six airbags and has five-star ANCAP safety rating. Design changes to the 2017 car follow Mazda’s KODO “soul of motion” design philosophy representing what company says is “boldness, elegance and maturity’’. Or, put simply, a new grille, combination headlamps alloy design. The nose has been squared off, which gives the CX-5 a more aggressive appearance from front-on and so side, but the car retains its good looks proportions, which have no doubt played a big role in popularity to date.
Mazda again plays to its strengths with the cabin detail that looks and feels not far off a prestige experience. There is no overwhelming mishmash of switches controls, with a sensible, refined layout.
Dual-zone climate control offers driver and passenger their own temperature controls operated by large dials with easy-toread digital displays. Infotainment menus and functions are accessed via a rotating dial in the centre console, which also houses traditional volume controls the electric park-brake and auto-hold switches.
The CX-5 has rear seat air vents, digital radio (DAB+), USB audio input, Bluetooth, cupholders plenty of storage bins — it’s a good package with high-quality finish.
Moving all this about is Mazda’s “Skyactiv-d’’ powertrain a 2.2 litre four cylinder turbocharged diesel mated to sixspeed automatic (with sport mode). The diesel produces 129kW and 420Nm of torque, and features great deal innovation.
Mazda engineers point out that the diesel has a natural sound-smoother natural sound frequency control, reducing suppressing knocking noise for a smoother and quieter drive.
On the road there’s no reason to disagree — CX-5 sounds and drives like petrol equivalent unless you really press the 2.2 hard, Mazda shines with ample doses of power torque, with, of course, added benefit of a longer touring range thanks diesel.
claims combined fuel consumption 6.0 litres/100km, which means you will be filling up, on average, about every 950km or so, is pretty good if you’re travelling high kilometres in your daily driver.
The CX-5 handles well and feels smaller than it really is, resulting in a more sportier and nimble experience.
Touring spec gets 17-inch alloy wheels. Geelong Mazda sales executive Mark Reardon says the introduction of the Touring model has appeal for buyers wanting a few more treats added safety value.
“The model is aimed squarely at owner who looking to upgrade from Maxx Sport and is for that little extra refinement the latest safety equipment,’’ Mark said.
“And people may have a different make of SUV who be looking to upgrade,
Mazda CX-5 Touring offers host of standard features that takes you to the next level of refinement and craftsmanship in a stunning new design.’’
According to Mark, brand loyalty is also big consideration.
“A part our business previous owners upgrading also family members following suit and, as the slogan says, ‘your first Mazda won’t be your last’,” he said. “If you do a lot of driving and kilometres,
can’t go past Skyactiv diesel engine, from the power fuel efficiency to the new technology that smooths sound reduces
diesel knocking noise. My favourite feature is fit and finish, and safety systems Mazda package as standard.’’
Boot space in CX-5 is good, but not cavernous at 442 litres, probably adequate for most tasks luggage capacity. Fold the 40/20/40 rear seats down and that space grows to 1342 litres.
The lived up to its strong reputation during our weekend test is a practical, very comfortable mid-size family hauler with a classy feel and finish. The diesel was pleasant surprise I suspect popular pick.
“If you do a lot of driving and kilometres, you can’t go past the Skyactiv diesel for power efficiency.” GEELONG MAZDA SALES EXECUTIVE, MARK REARDON
MAZDA CX-5 TOURING AWD DIESEL Engine: 2.2litre 4-cylinder intercooled turbo Transmission: Six-speed automatic Economy: 6.0litres/100km combined (claimed) Price: $46,113 driveaway Warranty: Three years/unlimited kilometres