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