Mazda says its cars are infused with Zoom-Zoom, and although theres undertones of dubious marketing-speak to the phrase, its not actually too far from the truth.
Every Mazda has just a hint of MX-5 about it, and the CX-5 compact SUV is no different. It zooms its way into the class with some of the most high-tech engines on the market and a sporty design thats sure to win fans. Finally, Mazda has revealed the full details of its latest model.
The CX-5 is Mazdas first model to employ the new KODO – Soul of Motion design language. That sounds like more marketing guff to us, but we cant deny that the CX-5 is a bit of a looker.
The grille design is familiar from some current Mazda models, but the flowing lines and dynamic stance inject a bit of flair into the class, where the CX-5 battles with cars like the Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan. The metalwork isnt far removed from some of Mazdas recent concept cars, but chunky plastic embellishments give the CX-5 just the right level of toughness to appeal.
Mazda has introduced two new paint shades to best show off the shape, Sky Blue and Zeal Red, and five other colours are also available – Aluminium Metallic, Arctic White, Black Mica, Crystal White Pearl and Metropolitan Grey. Both 17 and 19-inch alloy wheels are available too.
The sporty looks continue inside, where drivers will be greeted by a three-spoke steering wheel not unlike that in the MX-5 sports car. The rest of the interior has been designed like a cockpit, and the seats are both comfortable and lightweight. Standard trim is black cloth, but leather trim is also available, in either black or sand.
The CX-5 seats five, and interior space should match the class best thanks to the CX-5 offering the longest wheelbase in the class. The rear seats split three ways. With the seats up, theres 503 litres of space, extending to 1,620 litres with the rear seats folded.
Depending on trim levels, the CX-5 comes with Mazdas HMI Commander – an infotainment controller similar to BMWs i-Drive – and a 5.8-inch touchscreen display. USB and Bluetooth connections are also available. Mazdas nagivation system uses TomTom software, and climate control is standard. Buyers will also have the option of a 9-speaker BOSE surround-sound system.
The CX-5 is the first Mazda to ultilise the companys new Skyactiv range of engines, some of the most advanced units on the market.
The Skyactiv-D is a 2.2-litre turbodiesel with a low compression ratio. That ensures greater refinement, improved fuel consumption and also a smaller engine block, which reduces weight – benefitting ride, handling and performance. It meets Euro-6 emissions regulations, while delivering as much as 61 mpg from the front-wheel drive, manual gearbox version. CO2 emissions are only 119g/km, so road tax will cost only 30 a year. Both 148- and 173-horsepower versions will be available.
The Skyactiv-G petrol units are also highly economical, without resorting to turbocharging to increase power and torque outputs. Available in front-drive with 163-horsepower and all-wheel drive with 158hp, average economy should be up to 47mpg.
Efficient six-speed manual and automatic transmissions have also been developed to make best use of the new engines. Mazdas i-stop stop-start system also helps improve economy.
Pricing starts at 21,395, for the entry-level 2.0 petrol, 2WD SE-L. Four trim levels will be available – SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport, and Sport-Nav, and on-the-road pricing rises to 28,795 for a top-spec 2.2 diesel with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission.
The pricing looks competitive with rivals, though unlike many other Mazdas the CX-5 will no longer be at the lower-priced end of the class.
As well as the options mentioned above, the CX-5 is also available with Smart City Brake Support, which helps to prevent low-speed frontal collisions. Also on the safety roster is Lane Departure Warning System, using a camera to detect unintentional lane changing and alerting the driver with a rumbling sound. Various other safety systems are included across the range.
Metallic paint costs 520, and Mazdas safety pack – with rear-vehicle monitoring, lane departure warning and high-beam control – is optional on all-wheel drive Sport models only (starting at 27,195), for 700.
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Early impressions of the Mazda CX-5 in the press have been positive – like all other Mazdas, this is a fun vehicle to drive and the new engines ensure its one of the cleanest and fastest in the class. Even with relatively high pricing on some variants, the low running costs and sporty image should help the CX-5 rise to the top of the class.