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Mazda CX 5: riding the quest of a wave

Mazda are riding the quest of a wave – their SUV model-mix taking them to a strong No. 2 in the market. This week, a new mid-size CX-5 SUV with refined styling arrives, 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 petrol and 2.2-litre diesel, more refined with better software in a body that’s mildly face-lifted with far better sound proofing, with a noticeably quieter diesel engine 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 while a new Touring grade provides some nice touches previously only available on the high grades. Drive the new Mazda CX-5 and you soon realise why its popular, ticking most of the boxes with few if any negatives. It disappointingly lacks Apple Car Play and Android auto, two elements that most younger buyers will miss while 19-inch alloy wheels on the top-spec Akera provide a noticeably firmer ride but its more than acceptable on most surfaces. Unlike the smaller CX-3 luggage space is good in a body that has excellent space utilization for five adults. The most noticeable improvement is in noise, vibration and harshness levels – the added refinement giving the Mazda CX-5 a more premium feel to the old model. I’m David Berthon

 

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