WHAT IS IT?
A medium-sized, five-seat crossover from among one of the most constantly underappreciated mainstream brand names in all of car-dom– Mazda. The CX-5 is their pop at competitors such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and also Peugeot 3008 among (LOTS) others. And also it’s a hugely vital vehicle for the brand– the CX-5 accounts for more than a quarter of all new Mazdas offered in the UK. To date more than 3 million have actually been sold in Europe alone.
It rests on the exact same standard system as the first-gen CX-5, which came out in 2012. The wheelbase is the same, however it’s 10mm longer, 35mm lower and also much sharper-looking thanks to squintier head- as well as taillights, a longer hood and larger grille. No doubt it’s a good-looking car. All Mazdas are nowadays– the 3, for instance, is an effectively desirable point.
This is the second-generation CX-5, which was released in 2017 and is upgraded pretty regularly with brand-new tech and also modified engines. The 2021 update brings new infomercial in the form of a 10.25 widescreen that– get this– isn’t operated with the jabs, pushes and swipes of a finger, however with an iDrive-style rotary controller down by the equipment bar.
For this year Mazda has additionally included an additional engine to the line-up, making it 4 total. Both 2.2-litre turbodiesel engines and 2.0-litre nat-asp petrol have actually been joined by a flagship 2.5-litre fuel with practically 200bhp. The brand-new engine is only offered in top-spec GT Sporting activity trim, so it’s costly and most likely to continue to be a specific niche option. It’s also all-wheel drive as well as automobile only, however front-wheel drive and a hands-on gearbox are readily available somewhere else in the range. There is no all-electric, plug-in and even mild-hybrid version.
Prices start at just over ₤ 27,000, so the CX-5 isn’t specifically low-cost. However all designs– at the time of creating there are no fewer than 18 to pick from– obtain an excellent amount of package as criterion.
WHAT’S THE JUDGMENT?
” A fine-looking small SUV that drives instead well. Worth thinking about if you remain in the marketplace”
There aren’t several mainstream carmakers that do not make a poor vehicle. Mazda has actually been one of the few for a couple of years now– its existing array drives well and also looks good, and also though it’s not without its issues, the CX-5 is no exemption. The brand-new 2.5-litre engine is great but unworthy bothering with, as it ties you in to expensive GT Sport specification, four-wheel drive and a vehicle ‘box. Base SE-L or mid-range Sport specification will certainly do you just fine, as well as the less costly, much more economical, less powerful petrol as well as diesel motor will be greater than sufficient for most.