The Mazda CX-5 is a favorite in Australia – even if it’s not the latest kid on the block. We tested the moderately updated model to see how it stacks up.
The Mazda CX-5 range starts around $36,000 to drive away and goes up to nearly $60,000.
Buyers can choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and there are three engines available: a petrol — one with a turbocharger and one not — and a diesel unit.
We’re testing the GT SP-class, the second-tier CX-5 up the ladder, with a 2.5-liter turbo and all-wheel drive at roughly $56,000.
It’s an expensive ride, about the same as a high-end Toyota RAV4 Hybrid but cheaper than a turbocharged Volkswagen Tiguan.
What you get is one of the best family SUVs on the road with LED headlights and taillights, a spoiler and a sunroof.
10.25-inch digital display controlled via a turntable and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Bose stereo, wireless device charging pad, Bluetooth connectivity, and a built-in satellite navigation system enhance the experience.
Mazda covers its vehicles with an industry-standard five-year/unlimited kilometer warranty, and its set-price service program is reasonable at $1,875 over five years.
The interior of the CX-5 Akera is a lush space with supple leather upholstery and soft-touch surfaces throughout.
Electronically heated booster seats can be adjusted to provide a star front view, plus an adjustable steering wheel means there’s an ergonomic setup for all shapes and sizes.
Easy-to-use controls are located in the center console, and other vital safety and infotainment features include steering wheel-mounted buttons.
The infotainment screen’s turntable controls let you keep your eyes focused on the road compared to a touch screen, but it’s more time consuming and more difficult to use.
The dashboard is a combination of analog dials and a small, low-resolution digital information display, which looks understated compared to competitors’ full digital instrument displays.
There’s a lack of USB points, only two in the front and none in the second row, but the wireless device’s charging pad gets some points back.
The shoe is small compared to the competition, but more than enough to fit a weekly store or several overnight bags. The electric tailgate facilitates hands-free operation.
The suspension irons are well rated out of road imperfections and are very quiet on the road compared to Mazdas of the past.
Mazda doesn’t skimp on safety.
The CX-5 will brake automatically if it detects a potential collision with a vehicle.
An array of sensors lets you know if the vehicle is in your blind spot and triggers an alarm if the vehicle approaches from the side while reversing.
Multiple safety systems work in unison to make sure you stay centered in your lane, and it even automatically retracts the steering wheel to steer you where you are if you get stuck while cruising.
A turbocharged gasoline engine is a cracking device.
It delivers smooth acceleration with great grunt to easily pass steep hills.
This is matched by a six-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive clutch that delivers confidence in the wet and delivers power to the ground without wheel slip.
The soft suspension makes the ride comfortable, but the trade-off is a little bit of bending through corners.
The CX-5 is a great highway cruiser, and provides a comfortable oasis on long journeys.
Fuel use is a concern.
Mazda quotes 8.2L/100km but you’ll probably see a figure north of 10 if you spend most of your time around town. Fortunately, the CX-5 requires only cheaper unleaded gasoline.
Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Elegance, starting at $60,500 car
Cracking engine with a lot of technical features, but expensive.
Toyota RAV4 Edge Hybrid, about $57,500 drive
Not like the Power Sport but the Hybrid Power brings extremely low fuel consumption. Cheaper too.
Kia Sportage GT Line petrol, about $54,000 drive
Well-equipped and cheaper than competitors, dual-clutch cars will be difficult to live with.
Good looking, a great SUV to drive with an excellent feel that explains why it’s been a bestseller for years, but it’s thirsty and needs a technology leak.
Mazda CX-5 GT SP AWD VITALS
price About $56000 by car
engine 2.5 liter turbo petrol, 170 kW / 420 Nm
Warranty / Service Five years/unlimited km, $1,875 over five yearsrupee
safety 6 Airbags, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Warning
additional space saver
Originally Posted as a Mazda CX-5 GT SP Review