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Mazda CX 5: more refined with better software

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As I said a few weeks back Mazda is riding the quest of a wave – their SUV model-mix taking them to a strong No. 2 in the market. A new mid-size CX-5 SUV recently arrived and is bound to consolidate the model as our top-selling SUV under $60,000. The latest Mazda CX-5 now available in five models, prices ranging from the manual Maxx at 28,690, running to $49,990 for the top-spec Akera. Engines, 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, all more refined with better software in a body that’s mildly face-lifted with far better sound proofing, the diesel engine noticeably quieter to the outgoing series. Ride comfort is up in a stronger body with added active and passive safety, passengers in the rear seat get much needed air-vents. I tested both diesel and petrol models – the diesel offering the best all-round performance the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol not the best engine in this segment but more than acceptable. I’m David Berthon

 

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