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Mazda CX 5: a new dimension in driving

Since its launch in Australia in 2012 Mazda’s mid-size CX-5 SUV has sold up a storm hitting a sweet spot with buyers – 115,000 sales since has made it our most popular SUV under $60,000. This week the second generation model arrived, now comprising five different models. Mazda suggesting it’s a new dimension in driving pleasure that can be shared by everyone not just the driver. The engines carry over but with better software – 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 2.2-litre turbo-diesel – Maxx and Maxx Sport grades come in both front and all-wheel drive, while the top three grades, a new grade Touring, the GT and the flagship Akera only comes in all-wheel- drive. Six-Speed manual is only available on the entry Maxx, all other models get six-speed automatic. The latest Mazda CX-5 is markedly quieter – NVH or noise vibration and harshness vastly improved, giving this 5-seat SUV a premium feel. Prices on the entry models rise $800, now starting from 28,690. Driving the latest CX-5 this week you could immediately feel the added refinement. The outgoing model at times felt course, noisy in the diesel but was nevertheless a great buy. The new models add drive-line refinement, are markedly quieter and add comfort and convenience equipment. The new Touring grade 38,990 in petrol auto, 41,990 in diesel auto will find favour – it has some nice added touches to the Maxx Sport which has been the big seller in the outgoing CX-5 series. I’m David Berthon

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