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Diesel makes a comeback due to supply shortages on many models

David Berthon

I’ve been driving Mazda’s latest 2.2-litre turbo-diesel Touring Active CX-5 all-
wheel-drive SUV and despite some rather hard-driving it returned impressive
economy of 6.6L/100km, the new model just so refined and so well soundproofed
you would not know you were driving a diesel.

In the current market where supply shortages and high demand is producing long delivery times the trusty diesel is
making a comeback as buyers become less fussy about specific models.

Diesel SUV sales are up four percent or 2,000 units in the first five months of this year.

This compares with a slide in diesel SUV sales of 20 percent between 2018 and

On top of that the drivability of the latest diesel models is much improved,
the new Mazda CX-5 with abundant torque at lower revs, making for a very
rewarding drive.

Most noticeable, smoother acceleration from a new more
responsive automatic.

I’m David Berthon

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