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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.