Mazda - a win­ter win­ner

Lennox Herald - - DRIVETIMEEXTRA -

The worst of the win­ter is hope­fully be­hind us and the Mazda CX-5 that ar­rived back in Jan­uary was able to take the worst of it in its stride.

Thanks to its clever all­wheel-drive sys­tem a run to Perth in fairly heavy snow was stress free with the SUV pro­vid­ing bags of grip.

It was also tested on a return trip from the east coast when tor­ren­tial rain struck on the M8 and again the Mazda CX-5 stayed firmly on course even through deep patches of wa­ter.

In good con­di­tions the punchy 2.2 diesel with 175PS on tap makes over­tak­ing easy and it cruises re­ally well on mo­tor­way trips but is just as happy pot­ter­ing about in town.

It reaches 62mph in just 8.8 sec­onds and is ca­pable of giv­ing some hot hatches a run for their money.

The slick man­ual gear­box is ex­cel­lent and it has helped me achieve al­most 50mpg in real world con­di­tions.

It is also prov­ing to be re­ally prac­ti­cal with up to five peo­ple be­ing able to travel in com­fort and the large boot is an­other bonus.

Some 503 litres of space is nor­mally avail­able but drop the rear seats and that rises to 1,620 litres mak­ing a re­cent visit to Ikea al­most a plea­sure.

This Sport Nav model has all the kit you could want with heated leather-clad front seats that are power ad­justable, seven-inch colour touch­screen which can also be op­er­ated from a ro­tary dial lo­cated be­hind the gear­stick, a su­perb Bose sound sys­tem, and full air con­di­tion­ing.

The cabin is very com­fort­able, of­fers ex­tra stor­age space and has enough power sock­ets to keep ev­ery­one happy.

It may have ar­rived back in 2012 but some de­sign tweaks in 2015 have helped the CX-5 to keep its good looks. The Kodo in­spired de­sign is still strik­ing and the car gets lots of at­ten­tion thanks to its bold front grille, mus­cu­lar wheel arches, 19-inch gun­metal al­loys, twin ex­hausts, rear spoiler and LED run­ning lights and head­lamps.

The SKYAC­TIV tech­nol­ogy means the CX-5 feels more car like than other SUVs and it does not com­pro­mise Mazda’s de­served rep­u­ta­tion for driv­ing plea­sure.

Thanks to its blend of econ­omy, per­for­mance, plush in­te­rior and com­pli­ant ride, the CX-5 makes a great all-round fam­ily car espe­cially when you fac­tor in its safety equip­ment and four-wheel-drive grip.

It cer­tainly meets all my mo­tor­ing needs.

Con­fi­dent Holds its own in tricky weather

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