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The GT is sec­ond from the top of the four mod­els in the re­cently re­vised CX-5 range. Stan­dard fare in­cludes heated leather seats, sun­roof, touch­screen sat­nav, rear-view cam­era, Bose au­dio and sen­sor key. Mazda’s capped price ser­vic­ing in­ter­val is 12 months/10,000km (which, based on the na­tional av­er­age dis­tance trav­elled, equates to dealer vis­its ev­ery nine months). Ser­vic­ing over three years on that ba­sis costs $1328.


The 2.5-litre four-cylin­der (138kW/250Nm) is not the most pow­er­ful or re­fined in its class but it is one of the most ef­fi­cient and, un­like some ri­vals, re­quires only regular un­leaded. Ac­cord­ing to the la­bel, av­er­age con­sump­tion is 7.4L/100km.


Mazda gave the CX-5 a mi­nor freshen up at the start of the year, in­clud­ing a new grille, head­lights and tail-lights. The in­te­rior trim also got a cleaner look. Cabin and cargo space are slightly smaller than the Kuga but it’s still cav­ernous (403L seats up, 1560L down).


Six airbags and five-star safety rat­ing are part of the pack­age, as are a rear-view cam­era, day­time run­ning lights and LED head­lights that turn in the same di­rec­tion as the steer­ing for bet­ter vi­sion in cor­ners. An op­tional safety pack (at $1060, a worth­while ad­di­tion) bun­dles au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing (front and rear), blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing and rear cross-traf­fic alert.


The CX-5 GT feels se­cure on the road and the steer­ing is pre­cise, although the sus­pen­sion is a lit­tle firmer over bumps than the more af­ford­able ver­sions. This is most likely due to the low-pro­file tyres on 19-inch wheels. The CX-5 can tow more than the Kuga (1800kg v 1500kg) de­spite its less pow­er­ful en­gine.

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