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VALUE Mazda’s ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity, strong re­sale and pleas­ant body de­signs shores up the CX-5. The diesel is a win­ner at the price but think about adding the $1490 safety pack. Six­monthly ser­vice in­ter­vals and no capped price pro­gram are poor but re­sale is a strong 56 per cent. DE­SIGN Neat and func­tional shape and well-kit­ted out cabin en­able use­ful lug­gage space (403L/1560L). Seats fold nearly flat. Cloth seats, soft-touch trim and sat­nav com­bine in at­trac­tive, easy-to-use dash­board. Slightly more rear legroom than the Sportage and deeper win­dows im­prove out­look. TECH­NOL­OGY Sky­Ac­tiv is the um­brella term for a light­weight, high-strength body; clever six-speed au­to­matic and bi-turbo 2.2-litre diesel (129kW/420Nm). It works per­fectly. Fuel econ­omy is a star­tling 5.7L/100km from a 58L tank. It has on-de­mand all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive CX-5 tows 1800kg and has an 11.2m turn­ing cir­cle. SAFETY Five stars, six airbags, elec­tronic aids, re­verse cam­era (but no sen­sors), emer­gency brake dis­play, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor and hill-holder de­vice are stan­dard. CX-5 gets a full-size, tem­po­rary spare. Op­tional safety pack adds blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, auto-dip­ping rear mir­ror and help­ful auto city-brake anti-col­li­sion func­tion — a must have. DRIV­ING This is the en­gine that makes the CX-5 such a star. The diesel is quiet, very punchy and al­most with­out lag — it puts Euro­pean diesels to shame. It’s helped by a slick au­to­matic. Ride com­fort is good, han­dling is lively (though nose-heavy) and even the elec­tri­c­as­sist steer­ing has plenty of feel — it’s well bal­anced for city and coun­try driv­ing.

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