The CX-5 is one of the spearheads of Mazda’s plan to take on its mainstream rivals. For the most part, it’s doing a good job of giving the Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan a bloody nose – critics love its engaging handling and frugal engines.
To press home its success, Mazda has issued a number of small updates to the car’s specification to keep it competitive. Engine and gearbox choices remain unchanged, but are still powerful, efficient and more than a match for rivals’ versions.
On the outside, you’ll struggle to tell what’s changed for 2015. On Sport Nav models, a mildly refreshed grille joins new LED fog lights, running lights and headlights with a darker finish and 19-inch gunmetal alloy wheels.
All CX-5s now come with passenger seat height adjustment, electronic parking brake and a leaving/coming home lighting function that illuminates you as you walk to your front door. All cars now get a rotary controller for the infotainment system, too.
The old infotainment screen has been replaced by a new seven-inch unit that now offers DAB digital radio and a pair of USB inputs for connecting mobile devices. The system also comes with MZD Connect, which allows you to pair your smartphone with the car to access the internet.
The navigation software has also been improved for the new version and brings even greater accuracy to mapping and guidance. Also included is three years of free map updates so you’ll always follow the right route.
Stone-coloured leather is now available instead of the black that was offered on SE-L Lux and Sport Nav models while the latter also gets optional radar-guided cruise control to keep you cruising at a safe distance from the car in front.
Other new safety technologies featuring on the Sport Nav model include adaptive LED headlights that automatically dim to avoid dazzling oncoming vehicles and lane-keep assist that will actively steer the car back in line if it detects a departure.
Blind-spot monitoring and rear-crossing traffic alert keep a watchful eye over proceedings while rear smart city brake support will actually stop the car if it detects that you’re about to reverse into something.
Mazda has quoted a £22,295 starting price, putting it £400 ahead of the previous model, though, with the extra equipment, this is quickly recovered. The updated CX-5 will go on sale in spring 2015.