Mazda crossover CX-5 handles marvellously says Suzanne

Mazda crossover CX-5 handles marvellously says Suzanne

Suzanne Keane test drives the new CX-5, following subtle changes to Mazda’s best selling model in Europe. We wanted to know how it’s likely to fare with foxy ladies, alongside so many strong competitors in the SUV sector?

What is it?

The CX-5 is Mazda’s bestselling car in Europe and has been revamped for 2015 with a few subtle exterior changes but the most obvious developments have been made inside the cabin. This has been completely redesigned with better quality materials, a wider centre console and vastly improved connectivity.

First impressions of the Mazda CX-5?

Outside there are now LED headlights, smaller door mirrors, redesigned tail lights and a bolder grille with grey fins but underneath the changes are more radical and the suspension has also been upgraded and higher levels of sound insulation improve cabin noise ingress by 13%.

What about the interior?

Inside a 7” touchscreen is now standard and sat-nav is available as an additional option. All controls are within easy reach of the driver and the finish has a premium feel but with materials that seem durable and should stand the test of time. Upgrade to Platinum and you’ll also get a Bose surround sound system.

And behind the wheel?

The CX-5 has always been great to drive and the new version does not disappoint. (Some have even compared its handling with the sporty MX5 we read…) The suspension has been adjusted (see above) and it now happily soaks up bumps.

CX-5 in the city:

Despite feeling very spacious inside the CX-5 was easily manoeuvred around the narrow streets of Sitges. Inside the cabin it’s refined and quiet and smooth.

CX-5 on the open road:

We took the 2.0 (160hp) AWD 6 Speed Manual CX-5 for a spin on the winding coast road between Sitges and Barcelona where it felt right at home. It handled the bends very well and was also a comfortable cruiser when the road straightened out.

How Much?

Priced from £22,295 to £30,595 on-the-road (OTR).

The best model for fuel economy is the 148hp 2.2-litre diesel with average fuel economy of 61.4mpg (two-wheel-drive) with VED at just £30.

You get a three year/60,000 mile warranty which is not as impressive as the Kia Sportage’s seven years/100,000 mile warranty. Mazda also offers fixed-price servicing across their dealership network so you can budget to keep your car in tip top condition at competitive rates.

What about my options:

The 16-strong model range is available in three grades; SE-L, SE-L Lux and Sport Nav. The range comprises three 2.0 litre petrol two-wheel drive variants equipped with six-speed manual transmissions, and thirteen 2.2 litre diesel versions – six of which are available with all-wheel drive – fitted with a choice of six speed manual or automatic transmissions.

All models come with rear parking sensors fitted as standard.

3 words to describe the Mazda CX-5:

Smooth, Exciting, Agile

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