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Emer­gency Brake-force Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD), Hill Launch As­sist ( HLA), Emer­gency Stop Sig­nal ( ESS), front, side and cur­tain SRS airbags, whiplash-min­imis­ing front seats and a re­vers­ing cam­era. It has au­to­matic head­lamps and wipers, leather-wrapped gear shift knob, hand­brake and steer­ing wheel, front fog lamps, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, 19-inch al­loy wheels, bi-xenon head­lamps with cor­ner­ing sys­tem, day­time run­ning lamps, power slid­ing and tilt glass sun­roof, rear view mir­ror with auto dim­ming func­tion and park­ing sen­sors (front and rear).

For added com­fort there’s leather seat trim, heated front seats and the driver’s seat has eight-way power ad­just­ment and power lum­bar sup­port.

The test car also came with the $1900 tech pack of a blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, au­to­matic high beam and lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem.


The turbo-diesel is the pick of the CX-5 range, the petrol be­ing “un­der­whelm­ing” even if the oil burner is only avail­able in the top spec­i­fi­ca­tion grades.

With 129kW of power at 4500rpm and 420Nm of torque at 2000rpm for a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 9.4 sec­onds (the same as the petrol), the 2.2-litre Sky­Ac­tiv-D four-cylin­der tur­bod­iesel fea­tures a rel­a­tively low com­pres­sion ra­tio and a twin-stage tur­bocharger for a good spread of per­for­mance.

It likes to rev but it’s not rau­cous and is ex­tremely re­fined. The new Sky­Ac­tiv-Drive six-speed au­to­matic works ter­rif­i­cally with this engine, pro­vid­ing in­stant and seam­less re­sponse.

The gear­box flicks be­tween each ra­tio quickly and pre­cisely. There’s just a slight hes­i­ta­tion from stand­still and then the 2.2D’s tor­ren­tial torque flows rapidly.

It’s quite ex­hil­a­rat­ing for a com­pact SUV and from

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