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Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - MOTOR GUIDE -

The Mazda CX-5 GT and Ak­era grades now of­fer wind­screen head up dis­play which shows in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem turn-by-turn di­rec­tions, rout­ing in­for­ma­tion and speed limit in­for­ma­tion.

MZD Con­nect makes it easy to ac­cess the in­ter­net and so­cial net­works. In ad­di­tion to au­dio func­tions, it in­cor­po­rates Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for hands-free phone oper­a­tion, Aha for com­mu­ni­ca­tion func­tions, in­clud­ing Twit­ter, as well as nav­i­ga­tion.

A pre­mium Bose au­dio sys­tem has ten speak­ers, in­clud­ing a sub­woofer. EN­GINES / TRANS­MIS­SIONS Cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion and a raft of new tech­nol­ogy have the four-cylin­der petrol en­gine putting out max­i­mum power of 140 kW at 6000 rpm and top torque of 252 Nm at 4000 rpm.

Mated with a six-speed au­to­matic, Mazda’s sys­tem shuts down cylin­ders one and four in light-load sit­u­a­tions, re­duc­ing pump­ing loss and me­chan­i­cal re­sis­tance. When cruis­ing at 40 km/h, fuel econ­omy is im­proved by ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent, and by around five per cent when at a con­stant 80 km/h. SAFETY The Mazda MY19 CX-5 car­ries over ac­tive and pas­sive safety func­tions of the pre­vi­ous model via Mazda’s own i-Ac­tivsense sys­tem. This in­cludes traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion, blind spot mon­i­tor, rear cross traf­fic alert, lane keep as­sist, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and driver at­ten­tion alert.

Pas­sive safety re­lies on a high strength with all-round im­pact pro­tec­tion, in­clud­ing for pedes­tri­ans. Front airbags for driver and pas­sen­ger seats are com­ple­mented by side and cur­tain airbags. The left and right rear seats have IsoFix child seat an­chor points. DRIV­ING Fans of the CX-5 will not be dis­ap­pointed in style or per­for­mance of the up­grade, for lit­tle has changed for the GT petrol AWD. There’s more pull to the ve­hi­cle through a one Nm in­crease in torque, for what it’s worth.

Fuel econ­omy is a win­ner, though, with the in­tro­duc­tion of cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion, when the en­gine is not un­der load. On test, fuel con­sump­tion broke the 11 litre bar­rier in city and suburbs in ‘nor­mal’ drive mode, drop­ping to 6.6 litres on the open road, creep­ing up to seven litres in ‘sport’.

Adap­tive front light­ing worked well in a range of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing heavy show­ers. An al­ready airy cabin was opened up fur­ther with more light let in through the elec­tric slid­ing and tilt glass sun­roof.

How­ever, with the first rays (and heat) of sum­mer sun let in, it was back to the com­fort of a closed cabin with the cli­mate well un­der con­trol. At night, the adap­tive front light­ing sys­tem showed the way with well-man­nered at­ten­tion be­ing paid to other road users. SUM­MARY More than 140,000 Mazda CX-5s have been sold since 2012, earn­ing it the ti­tle of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar SUV for five years straight. With price cuts it ap­pears well on the way to be­ing the gift that goes on giv­ing.

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