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It’s sexy, el­e­gant and oh-so pow­er­ful. From com­mand­ing re­spect in peak-hour traf­fic, to ma­noeu­vring park­ing in malls with ease and cruis­ing on the high­way, this is what went down when we took the Mazda CX-5 for a spin in Jozi. In­te­rior: The dash­board boasts a key­less press-start but­ton, dis­play in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, air­con con­trols and USB ports. With space big enough to ac­com­mo­date a fam­ily of five, the driver’s seat is ad­justable so you’ll still be able to reach the ped­als even if you’re height-de­prived. Safety is a key fea­ture in this car – dur­ing rev­ers­ing, live vi­su­als ap­pear on the dis­play screen, pro­vid­ing a clearer rear view. The car also beeps to warn the driver of the prox­im­ity of sur­round­ing ob­jects, or when pedes­tri­ans and jay­walk­ers ap­proach. Mall test: Mall park­ing lots are no­to­ri­ous for hav­ing small park­ing bays. If you think the CX-5 is too big to fit, think again. Af­ter care­ful manou­ver­ing, the car fit su­perbly and didn’t strad­dle two bays. Peak-hour traf­fic: Be­ing stuck in bumper-to-bumper traf­fic af­ter a long day is a night­mare to say the least. The CX-5 boasts the stop-start func­tion where the car switches off when you come to a stand­still, and then au­to­mat­i­cally restarts when you get go­ing again. That way, you save loads on your fuel — espe­cially in these tough times.

Un­even roads: Be­ing in­side the CX-5 gen­er­ally feels like you’re glid­ing on clouds, so we were keen to test how well it would fare on a gravel road. We’re glad to an­nounce that it passed with fly­ing colours — just be sure to have a firm grip on the steer­ing wheel so as not to sway around too much.

Free­way cruis­ing: Now this is where the car ex­celled. Once you merge onto the high­way and ac­cel­er­ate at a com­fort­able speed, you can turn up the vol­ume and sim­ply en­joy the smooth ride. Next to the steer­ing wheel is an­other trans­par­ent dis­play screen that pops up when you start the car – it shows you how fast you’re driv­ing and it also picks up on speed lim­its in the area so you can ad­just your driv­ing ac­cord­ingly. Talk about a thought­ful fea­ture!

Over­all im­pres­sion: With com­fort, safety, sim­plic­ity and af­ford­abil­ity as some of the car’s out­stand­ing perks, it’s no won­der we spot­ted quite a num­ber of them on the road!

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