If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Mazda gives the CX-5 a subtle upgrade writes Suzanne Keane
What is it? The CX-5 is Mazda’s bestselling car in Europe and has been revamped for 2015 with a few subtle exterior changes but the most obvious developments have been made inside the cabin. This has been completely redesigned with better quality materials, a wider centre console and vastly improved connectivity.
First impressions of the Mazda CX-5? Outside there are now LED headlights, smaller door mirrors, redesigned tail lights and a bolder grille with grey fins but underneath the changes are more radical and the suspension has also been upgraded and higher levels of sound insulation improve cabin noise ingress by 13%.
What about the interior? Inside a 7” touchscreen is now standard and sat-nav is available as an additional option. All controls are within easy reach of the driver and the finish has a premium feel but with materials that seem durable and should stand the test of time. Upgrade to Platinum and you’ll also get a Bose surround sound system.
And behind the wheel? The CX-5 has always been great to drive and the new version does not disappoint. The suspension may have been adjusted for comfort so it now happily soaks up bumps.
CX-5 in the city: Despite feeling very spacious inside the CX-5 was easily manoeuvred around the narrow streets of Sitges. Inside the cabin it’s refined and quiet and smooth.
CX-5 on the open road: We took the 2.0 (160hp) AWD 6 Speed Manual CX-5 for a spin on the winding coast road between Sitges and Barcelona where it felt right at home. It handled the bends very well and was also a comfortable cruiser when the road straightened out.
How Much? Priced from £22,295 to £30,595 on-the-road (OTR).
What about my options: The 16-strong model range is available in three grades; SE-L, SE-L Lux and Sport Nav. The range comprises three 2.0 litre petrol two-wheel drive variants equipped with six-speed manual transmissions, and thirteen 2.2 litre diesel versions – six of which are available with all-wheel drive – fitted with a choice of six speed manual or automatic transmissions.
3 words to describe the Mazda CX-5: Smooth, Exciting, Agile
25th March, 2015