THE Mazda CX-5 does accurately what it appears to contend on a tin.
The Japanese marque check it as a mid-sized SUV with reward pattern facilities and crafty fuel-saving record and it doesn’t disappoint, generally in a aloft Sport Nav spec we was enjoying.
The latest CX-5 has classical SUV styling – with a big, confidant grille and thespian signature chrome wing joining to neat headlights that contrariety with a robust front and bonnet.
In profile, a tested model’s 19in 10-spoke bi-tone alloys and kindly rising chrome belt line give a automobile an atmosphere of understated class. Minimal creases on a sides, a shark fin antenna, twin tailpipes and intelligent back light clusters strengthen that impression.
Inside, a resources of leather, soft-touch materials and reward peculiarity finishing awaits. we quite favourite a superb touches of black charcoal and steel outcome detailing on a doors and opposite a dash.
There’s good all-round prominence as my daughter and we could attest on a expostulate holding in overwhelming winter landscapes bathed in fever over a moors south of Glasgow.
There is also masses of leg and headroom in a back for dual adults to transport in genuine comfort – creation use of a fold-down centre tray with dual USB ports.
The powered tailgate reveals a 506-litre boot, with a low-loading mouth that, interjection to a essential shape, will simply lift a family’s luggage. Should we need to lift larger loads, that space rises to a whopping 1620 litres with a back seats folded.
A prominence of a quadruped amenities is a discerning infotainment complement featuring a seven-inch colour touchscreen, that sits atop a centre console, that we found was best operated by a Multimedia Commander controls subsequent to a rigging stick.
The complement incorporates a Premium Bose sound complement with 10 speakers, sat nav, reversing camera and amicable media connectivity, as good as Bluetooth and USB/AUX inputs for song devices.
Another cold bit of pack is a colour head-up arrangement that includes trade pointer approval and your speed – so there’s no excuses for being stopped by a cops.
Other Sport Nav goodies creation motoring a pleasure embody keyless entrance and start, dual-zone meridian control, multi-function exhilarated leather steering wheel, journey control with speed limiter, electric windows, automobile wipers and adaptive LED lights, exhilarated front seats and exhilarated automobile power-folding mirrors.
Safety facilities embody countless airbags, energetic fortitude control with traction control, mountain reason support and intelligent city stop support, that aims to forestall collisions during low speeds.
My CX-5 was powered by a 150PS 2.2-litre diesel corresponding to a six-speed primer box pushing a front wheels. It strictly averages 56.5mpg – aided by a seemless stop/start complement – with CO2 emissions of 132g/km. It can scurry to 62mph in 9.4 seconds and tops out during 127mph.
The altogether motoring knowledge was really smooth. There was really small engine or highway sound and a automobile accelerated frankly either from a station start or when overtaking while cruising.
The braking was calm, a gearbox satisfyingly sharp and a steering felt lighter than a distance of a CX-5 competence have led we to expect.
Bumps and twists were ironed out by Mazda’s crafty G-Vectoring complement that integrates control of a engine, transmission, framework and physique to make acceleration smoother and revoke a need for steering corrections.
Priced from £28,695, this CX-5 is well-placed to plea presumably some-more upmarket rivals.
- Model: Mazda CX-5 2.2 150PS 2WD Sport Nav
- Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
- Power: 150PS
- Top speed: 127mph
- 0-62mph: 9.4 seconds
- Average mpg: 56.5
- CO2 emissions: 132g/km
- Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles
- Price: £28,695