The new Mazda CX-5 range generally plays to Mazda’s strengths – design, premium feel and mid-market value (in other words, affordable ‘premium’).
Globally, the CX-5 accounts for about 25 per cent of Mazda's total sales.
The second-generation Mazda CX-5 compact crossover / SUV stands as the best choice for driving enthusiasts who need an affordable crossover to haul gear or smaller family members. The 2017 CX-5 is also emerging as the category’s technology champ with a head-up display, smart blind spot detection aler t, full-range adaptive cruise control, standard LED headlamps, and an intelligent all-wheel-drive system. Mazda makes a fair claim that the CX-5 has “class above” technology more in line with what Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz offer.
The new model is similar dimensionally but offers greater cargo space, a more mature design outside and in, extra modern safety technology and the company’s interesting G-Vectoring Control to improve handling by altering torque distribution to the wheels. Mazda has worked on sound-damping, improving ride quality, adding rear seat heaters, upping the quality of the audio system, and adding rear seat USB jacks.
There are strategies to cut road noise and improve NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) including reduced panel gaps, added insulation, improved seals and enhanced aero, and indeed the new CX-5 is a more quiet and refined than before.
There's 442-litres of boot space - 40-litres more than before.
You'll notice the exterior styling is hardly revolutionary over the old CX-5, with program manager Masaya Kodama saying he wanted a simplistic design, a "less-is-more Japanese aesthetic" and an enhanced premium feel for the cabin. This has been achieved by dropping the black plastics in favour of soft touch materials, but most pertinent has been a dramatic decrease in cabin noise - a common grumble from drivers of the outgoing model.
Can the new CX-5 tow? Tow rating depends on exact specifications and engine configurations, with Mazda allowing the CX-5 to tow up to 2100kgs with 100kgs on the nose.
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