Mazda CX-5 passenger cars
For most of the last century, Hoover has dominated the vacuum cleaner market in England so much that people there just call them ‘Hoovers’, regardless of which brand they are. And people don’t vacuum, Hoover. Or, more realistic, they argue about who will turn to Hoovering.
So if you do something good enough long enough, your brand name will eventually become a generic product for your product. That means we can stare at a future where we jump on our CX-5 to ride the CX-5, and – in particularly long trips – take turns CX-5ing to avoid fatigue after steering.
It was Mazda’s dominant mid-size SUV that became the stuffed segment. Australia’s best-selling SUV in 2016, it is also the best-selling SUV in 2015. And 2014. And 2013. You have the idea.
But the fierce competition from Hyundai Tucson, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4 means the narrowing gap on the famous Mazda in Australia’s heart and wallet fight. And that has pushed Mazda into what it calls a “step-by-step” model, but what we call a lightweight redesign and device shuffling, was released earlier this year.
However, the biggest change is the introduction of the new, fifth decoration level – Touring, which we have tested here – designed to bridge the gap between the Maxx Sport and GT levels. now available.
But is that enough to keep Mazda’s CX-5 at the top of the pack?
Is there anything interesting about its design? October 8
If it doesn’t break, right? While Mazda points out that almost every external dashboard on the CX-5 is new for 2017, if you have a good look at the image of a 2016 model, it is very unbelievable.
Obviously good people at Mazda know when they encounter a good thing, and only a crazy person rocked a boat that proved this success, so the changes are the most subtle. The front design has changed a bit, with a new 3D look grille and new thin concave strips designed to give the CX-5 a broader view.
But even Mazda calls it an “evolution”, not a revolution. Elsewhere, the new CX-5 is slightly longer than the car it replaces, but has the same width and is on the same wheelbase with the outgoing model.
But even if it doesn’t change much, it is still a modern and new competitor in the mid-size SUV segment and the Touring cabin is a typical example of almost high-end Japan, with a pile of things. Soft touch material and a solid feel and quality satisfaction at every touch, especially in dull gray styling elements and a steering wheel that feels great under the finger.
How realistic is the space inside? October 7
It is a lot of reality for passengers, less for luggage.
The cabin is filled with light and airy in the front seat, and ergonomically – from the seating position to the cabin layout – is a highlight for the driver. In the front, you will share two cups in the central storage bin and have both doors for large bottles of wine.
Go back and you will find a spacious, vented space in the back seat (but without temperature control), along with a seat storage bag, door and bottle storage. the cup is hidden in a separating strip in the middle of the seat. There are two ISOFIX attachment points, one in each window seat.
Boot space, however, is still a bit limited. The standard boot space actually increased to 438 liters (but still not too large) and that number will increase to 1342 liters with 40/20/40 rear seats folded flat.
1633kg Touring provides powerful pulling capacity of 1800kg.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with? October 8
This new Touring trim slot sits neatly in the middle of the CX-5 product line, above the Maxx and Maxx Sport but top GT and Akera top. It will require a $ 38,990 investment for the gasoline-powered vehicle we’ve tested here, while the diesel-flavored version will return you to a negligible price of $ 41,990.
However, with that money, you get 17-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, dual-zone climate control and start-up buttons like Maxx Sport, but you add rearview mirrors and display screens. (which Mazda calls ‘Active Driving Screen’), parking sensors on the front and rear and traffic sign recognition systems read street signs when you pass them and display that information. on the top screen.
You get a better suede seat material, which Mazda calls ‘Maztex’.
Your entertainment functions are still controlled via a 7.0-inch touchscreen coupled with six-speaker stereo, but you get better suede leather material, which Mazda calls ‘Maztex’. .
How much fuel does it consume? October 7
Mazda claims the official fuel usage figure of 7.5L / 100km on the combined cycle, while C02 emissions are pegged at 175g / km.
What does it like to drive? October 8
Slip into the driver’s seat Maztex (honestly, who named these things?) Touring’s seat and it became quite clear, quite quickly why Mazda was at the top of the mid-size SUV food chain.
The tools are obviously all there; The interior is beautifully arranged for a car in this price frame, and all are well arranged. The engine is not overwhelming, but feels very suitable for the CX-5 and provides uninterrupted power supply, always feeling smooth and easy.
Transmission (at least when in ‘Normal’ mode), will happen seamlessly. And the suspension is only strong enough to make sure there is some connection with the road below, but tough enough to remove bumps and imperfections without smearing your teeth from your mouth.
But there are other gems, more hidden in the work here, too. For one, it does a great job of feeling smaller than it. We jumped straight from the CX-5 to a genuine small SUV and the larger Mazda felt compact from behind the wheel.
But the important victory for every place Mazda is that it is an inspirational drive regardless of how you attack it, like all its bits and pieces are working consistently to ensure you Feel controlled and connected to the path below.
It is not perfect. Although it has focused on a refined and quiet cabin, but the 2.5-liter petrol engine still goes crazy when the acceleration is strong and using the Sport button turns the gearbox into a stubborn and uncomfortable creation clinging Gear like a drowner clings to a flotation device.
We also had trouble with the technology in the cabin (we could never pair the iPhone), while the system itself had a bit of error and slow loading when you started the engine.