Mazda CX-5 Touring petrol 2018 review: prolonged term

Malcolm Flynn is spending 3 months vital with a CX-5 Touring petrol, to see how good it fits his family.

December 2

It’s a singular conditions where a cars that we during CarsGuide cruise best in category are also a tip sellers. Why don’t we determine with us?

The Mazda CX-5 has typically been an difference though, marching true to a tip of a recommendations when a first-generation indication arrived in 2012. It also became a best-selling SUV in Australia in 2013, ’14, ’15 and ’16, and it’s looking expected to tip a 2017 charts again subsequent month.


The interior measure were massaged outwards in many directions for a new model.
One warn we remarkable is that a Touring doesn’t have daytime using lights.
The 2.5-litre petrol engine means all-wheel expostulate with a six-speed automobile transmission.
The new indication has an additional 39 litres (VDA) value of space in a behind to now sum 442L.
The automobile is demure to downshift when not in Sport mode for a consequence of fuel consumption.
The Touring has flip-up Active Driving Display head-up instruments.
Most CX-5’s on a highway seem to be white, yet we feel this creates a conduct and tail-lights demeanour a bit too squinty.
The same 17-inch alloys are common conflicting both a Touring and a Maxx Sport.
The 2018 CX-5 Touring comes propitious with ISOFIX attachments.

However, a second-generation Tiguan strike a aged CX-5 right where it hurts when it arrived in late 2016, improving on a Mazda in many areas to snaffle a tip pick. It did follow gathering by stability to be outsold by a Mazda by roughly 3:1, though.

The second-generation CX-5’s attainment in 2017 realigned a stars by hidden behind a #1 collect on a mid-size SUV shopping guide, and Tim Robson nominated a new Touring trim spin as a honeyed mark of a operation during a Australian launch.

Given we spent 6 months with a honeyed mark of a Tiguan operation final year, it’s customarily satisfactory we put a best CX-5 by a identical treatment.

We picked a Snowflake White Pearl Mica Touring adult with customarily 1097km on a clock, and now regretted not requesting a definitely shining Soul Red Crystal Metallic that represents a $300 choice – that’s affordable, by category standards. Most CX-5’s on a highway seem to be white, yet we feel this hides a lot of a pattern sum while creation a conduct and tail-lights demeanour a bit too squinty.

With a uninformed five-star ANCAP reserve rating (tested Sep 2017) and a customary front and behind city AEB, reversing camera and rear-cross trade alerts that all new CX-5s get standard, a Touring ticks all a large reserve boxes we insist on for my family.

Mazda’s serve of a Touring to a Australian choice is elementary, as it bridges a $7000 opening between a Maxx Sport and GT that have proven to be a many renouned variants in a past.

Thankfully, a Touring sits closer to a Maxx Sport on list price, and for your additional $1600 (equivalent drivetrain), a $38,990 Touring’s pivotal differentiator is black Maztex synthetic leather and suede (which we’re flattering certain isn’t tangible animal suede) trim. It also adds vicinity keys, flip-up Active Driving Display head-up instruments, front parking sensors, exhilarated and auto-folding side mirrors, and trade pointer approval that detects when we surpass a posted speed extent and warns of stop and no entrance signs. 

It’s unfit to collect a Touring from a Maxx Sport visually, with a same 17-inch alloys common conflicting both variants.

The Touring is still $5400 cheaper than a GT, and misses out on genuine leather trim, a powered tailgate, sunroof, Bose audio, energy tractable front seats with memory settings and chair heaters, and a GT’s Active Driving Display is projected into a windscreen itself instead of a flip-up screen. The GT also gets active headlights and a bigger 19-inch wheels also common with a tip Akera.

The CX-5’s 2.5-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel drivetrains are small altered from before, so we chose a $3000 cheaper petrol choice to fit a pushing habits that are generally singular to around town. Most of we determine too, with a 2.5 creation adult 60 per cent of CX-5s sold. The diesel accounts for customarily 25 per cent.  

The 2.5-litre petrol engine therefore means all-wheel expostulate with a six-speed automobile transmission. We don’t need a all-wheel drive, yet a automobile was a must.

We’ve lonesome customarily over 2000km in a initial month, many of that was customarily suburban errand running. Measured delicately during a bowser, a normal fuel expenditure has been 8.85L/100km, that is within cooee of a 7.5 central sum figure and already good forward of a altogether normal with a 1.5-litre Escape. For a record, a diesel CX-5 carries a 6.0L/100km central sum figure.

Aside from a interior measure that were massaged outwards in many directions for a new model, we’re stoked about a correct directional atmosphere vents that were combined to a behind of a centre console (note these are still blank from a bottom Maxx).

The altogether cabin length is evidently still shorter than a Escape and Tiguan long-termers, that is customarily unequivocally an emanate with a rearward-facing baby chair propitious (via ISOFIX of course!). This formula in reduction space for a front-seat passenger, that will expected be compromising for anyone over my 172cm height.

Apple iPhone users would also expected find Mazda’s miss of CarPlay infuriating, yet a differently glorious MZD Connect multimedia complement is still a many improved choice for my Android family than Android Auto, that is flattering clunky in practice.

Other initial impressions embody being reminded of how loud a stream Mazda petrol engines are from a cold start – before settling to excusable levels when comfortable – and after a year of behaving family duties with torquey turbos, a naturally-aspirated CX-5 needs a lot some-more revs to get a best out of it.

This is serve compounded by a auto’s hostility to downshift when not in Sport mode for a consequence of fuel consumption, that can outcome in dropping dual gears during a time when confronted with a high stand out of a hairpin bend. Not many of us are confronted by hairpins each day though, and it works unequivocally good as a package generally.

All in all, we’re off to a good start with no disappointments aside from forgetful to select a colour other than white.

Start date: Nov 2017
Distance travelled: 2116km
Odometer reading: 3213km
Average fuel: 8.85L/100km (at a pump)

January (date of publishing)

I’m certain you’ll determine that Dec seems to disappear in a peep each year. It kicks off with finish of year parties for work, other peoples’ work, friends, your kids’ friends, and even your pets’ friends for many of us. Not me for a latter.

There’s also a appearing finish of year shutdown duration for many workplaces causing a rush to get things done, Christmas benefaction requirement stress, and if you’re as detrimental as me, a marriage to MC a day before Christmas eve. Hooray.

So a CX-5 Touring unequivocally faded into a credentials this month, that is positively a good thing, as we spent copiousness of time in it operative it tough and to capacity.

There were trips to Ikea, Bunnings and even a tyre emporium to collect adult 4 new boots for a Zero Bucks Given OverSteer plan car.


The CX-5 Touring’s foot is IKEA friendly.
We spent copiousness of time in it operative a CX-5 tough and to capacity.
The Touring after a outing to a tyre emporium to collect adult 4 new boots for a Zero Bucks Given OverSteer plan car.

As mid-size SUVs tend to, a Touring took it all in a stride, with good load-carrying ability even with a baby chair propitious in a back. The new indication has an additional 39 litres (VDA) value of space in a behind to now sum 442L, that isn’t much, yet we’re beholden for any litres we can get.

We’re also large fans of how a retractable load blind rises with a tailgate. This stretchable cover is so many improved for traffic with ability loads than a tough form used by many cars, and a formation with a induce means you’ll never mangle those small strings that are customarily a initial thing to destroy on a new car.

The retractable load blind that rises with a tailgate is so many improved for traffic with ability loads than a tough form used by many cars.

One warn we remarkable is that a Touring doesn’t have daytime using lights. It has beautifully minute headlight internals, yet these customarily come on when a parkers or full headlights are activated.

The Touring has beautifully minute headlight internals that customarily come on when a parkers or full headlights are activated.

Our Touring thankfully didn’t spin a circle between Boxing Day and a lapse to work this week, yet a aforementioned marriage meant a usually chaotic week of Christmas was quite manic this year.

In one trip, we trafficked from a Blue Mountains to Mittagong, behind to Campbelltown, afterwards in a conflicting instruction to Canberra, afterwards behind to Campbelltown again, before eventually touching down in a Blue Mountains again a day after Boxing Day. Sigh, yet this also meant make-up all a things indispensable to take a baby divided for 4 days, all a rigging for dual adults to dress adult for a wedding, and (block your ears kids) all a Christmas presents.

The CX-5 Touring’s foot fit all a things indispensable to take baby and relatives divided for 4 days.

We did it with small aria interjection to a ⅔ empty behind seat, yet family final don’t come many bigger!

Start date: Nov 2017
Distance travelled: 2544km
Odometer reading: 5757km
Average fuel: 8.92L/100km (at a pump)

What exam would we like to see us put a Touring through? Tell us in a comments. 

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