Mazda CX-5

Damien O’car­roll looks to see if Mazda can im­prove its win­ning for­mula?

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To say the CX-5 has been some­thing of a suc­cess for Mazda would ac­tu­ally be a mas­sive un­der­state­ment. The pop­u­lar SUV is not only Mazda’s big­gest-sell­ing ve­hi­cle in New Zealand, but it also ac­counts for a full 25 per­cent of Mazda’s global sales, with an­nual sales of 370,000 units. So it needed re­place­ment, right? Well, prob­a­bly not, but Mazda has done it any­way. At first glance the all-new CX-5 looks re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to the old one, par­tic­u­larly in pho­to­graphs. But in the metal, it is a rather strik­ingly dif­fer­ent thing, par­tic­u­larly around the grille and head­lights that are now joined by a strong chrome graphic that ups both the ag­gres­sion and el­e­gance of the front end, as well as bring­ing it into line with the rest of the range. The new CX-5 re­tains the same en­gines as the pre­vi­ous model, with re­fine­ments through­out. The 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol pro­duces 144kw of power and 200Nm of torque, while the 2.5-litre petrol ups this to 140kw and 251Nm. The 2.2-litre four­cylin­der diesel is still the torque-mon­ster of the range, with 129kw of power and 420Nm of torque. Mazda New Zealand has kept the lo­cal range the same, with the 2.0-litre GLX be­ing FWD only, while the GSX is avail­able with any of the three en­gines, with the 2.0-litre be­ing FWD only, while the other two are AWD. The Lim­ited model is only 4WD and avail­able with a choice of the 2.5-litre petrol or the diesel. All mod­els come with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Pric­ing has in­creased slightly across the range (by be­tween $250 and $1,200), but this is more than off­set by a sub­stan­tial in­crease in stan­dard equip­ment. The GLX kicks off the range at $39,995, with the GSX FWD land­ing at $42,995. The GSX petrol AWD costs $45,995, with the diesel cost­ing $47,995. The Lim­ited tops the rage with the petrol AWD cost­ing $55,495 and the diesel $57,495. The GLX comes stan­dard with 17-inch al­loy wheels, LED auto-lev­el­ling head­lights, pow­ered ex­te­rior mir­rors, cruise con­trol, an elec­tric park­ing brake, Blue­tooth phone con­nec­tiv­ity and au­dio stream­ing, man­ual air con­di­tion­ing, a 7-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with two USB in­puts and in­ter­net ra­dio in­te­gra­tion, voice

ac­ti­va­tion, steer­ing wheel mounted phone, au­dio and cruise con­trols, a re­vers­ing cam­era, key­less en­try and start and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency city brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion. The GSX adds LED front fog lamps and tail­lights, au­to­matic head­lights, rain­sens­ing wipers, leatherette/suede seat trim, dual zone cli­mate con­trol, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, a heads-up dis­play (on a pop up screen), a leather steer­ing wheel and gear knob, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cross traf­fic alert and traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion. The Lim­ited ups the spec level again by com­ing with ev­ery­thing on the GLX and adding 19-inch ma­chined al­loy wheels, LED day­time run­ning lights, a sun­roof, a power tail­gate, rear pri­vacy glass, heated ex­te­rior mir­rors, leather seat trim (black or white), a heated 10-way ad­justable driver’s seat and a heated six-way ad­justable front pas­sen­ger’s seat, a 10-speaker Bose au­dio sys­tem, a wind­screen-pro­jected heads-up dis­play, adap­tive LED head­lights, radar cruise con­trol, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency city brak­ing in re­verse, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, lane keep as­sist and driver at­ten­tion alert. On the road, the new CX-5 is even more en­gag­ing to drive than the last, with Mazda mak­ing its clever G-vec­tor­ing con­trol torque-vec­tor­ing sys­tem stan­dard across the range. The ride is sup­ple and smooth, while it turns into cor­ners with re­mark­able alacrity and en­thu­si­asm. Mas­sively well equipped, very hand­some and ex­tremely well made, the CX-5 is an­other ut­terly con­vinc­ing win­ner from a com­pany that can’t seem to stop pro­duc­ing them.

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