Peter Anderson ended the country’s most popular mid-size SUV, Mazda’s CX-5, with analysis on all variants including specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
Mazda’s CX-5 quickly became king of midsize SUVs when it was released in 2012, increasing about 20,000 annual sales each year since then. That is not a bad way to arrive.
Although its design appears to be a relatively simple package of technology – a naturally aspirated engine, a non-meaningless, unobtrusive interior – the CX-5 has a fascination for Australian buyers. saw Toyota’s RAV4, Nissan’s X-Trail and Honda’s CR-V in short order.
As competitors fell, new challengers appeared in Hyundai’s new and impressive Tucson and the Volkswagen and CX-5 Tiguan maintained their iron and steel position. number one.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with?
The price of the CX-5 is an important part of its appeal.
Prices start at 27,890 RRP for Maxx manuals and you will have a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, reversing camera, cargo cap, cruise control, air conditioning, hill hold, start up need keys, electric windows and mirrors, voice recognition and fabric decoration.
As a base model, it has good value and also includes six airbags, ABS, stability control and traction, brake force distribution, electric park brakes and hill keeping.
The CX-5 never felt awkward or embarrassing, with a cute, smooth angle.
All CX-5s have sound systems with at least AM / FM radio, CD player, MP3 compatibility, bluetooth and basic smartphone connectivity for iPhone and Android users via USB port.
Vehicles equipped with MZD Connect have integrated applications with some applications for iPhone and Android as well as adding sat nav / GPS, touch screen function (when standing still) and reversing camera.
Crucially, what used to be the current optional safety package is standard on the range and adding autonomous emergency braking systems, rear traffic alerts, blind spot sensors and anti-glare rearview mirrors. If you are viewing the old CX-5, check to see if these features have been added before agreeing to the price.
CX-5 has an eight-color palette – Jet Black, Blue Reflex, Deep Crystal Blue, Titanium Flash (gunmetal gray), Meteor Gray, Sonic Silver and Cryst al White Pearl. Red Soul is available as a $ 250 option.
Range stretches through Maxx, Maxx Sport, GT and Akera. The most advanced CX-5 Akera ranges from $ 47,410 for a 2.5-liter petrol and $ 50,610 for a diesel engine, both of which are four-wheel drive systems. All CX-5 has five seats, there is no room for two more.
Maxx has a fairly basic interior and exterior package, with 17-inch steel wheels, cloth interior, four stereo speakers and air conditioning.
An additional cost of $ 3600 will take you to Maxx Sport. Add to the list are alloy wheels (still 17 inches), automatic headlights and wipers, dual-zone climate control and six-speaker stereo.
There’s a big jump between the Maxx Sport and GT models ($ 7600) but there’s also a big jump on specs – the additions include larger wheels, leather upholstery, BOSE stereo, LED headlights. and sunroof.
The most advanced Akera costs more than 3320 USD and brings more safety devices, advanced LED headlights and radar cruise control.
Mazda dealers often offer the same price as we offer here.
How realistic is the space inside?
Boot space starts at a modest 403 liters, rising to 1560 liters when you drop both sides of the 60/40 folding rear seats. Each door has a bottle holder, taking a total of four.
Front seat passengers have access to a charging port and USB connector and have a 12 V power supply in front and start up.
The cabin has four cup holders, with a pair between the front seat and a pair of central armrests folded down.
The rear leg room is good for those up to about 170cm and then it starts a bit tight. Passengers in the front seats have many head and shoulder rooms.
The CX-5 is 4.54 meters long, 1.84 meters wide and 1.71 meters high and has an 11.2 meter circle. Curb weight ranges from 1456kg to 1705kg. Sadly, spare tire is an impractical space saver, but this does not release much-needed boot space.
Is there anything interesting about its design?
CX-5 is an early example of Mazda’s highly acclaimed Kodo design language. It can be instantly recognized as a Mazda with thin headlights, a large five-point grille and a balanced waistline. The entire Mazda range was Kodo-fied and very few people complained exactly about the styling.
The 17-inch steel wheel base models even look still fine, but once you get the 19 cars fitted to the GT and Akera models, the proportions look perfect. Mazda’s paint color is always good and the CX-5 is beautiful. There is only one paint option available, Soul Red and even if you don’t like red, you might like this color and it costs $ 250 extremely reasonable.
All CX-5s were built in Japan at Mazda’s Ujina factory near Hiroshima.
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission?
The CX-5 is available with three SkyActiv-branded engines, two petrols and diesel engines. There is no LPG option. Eighty-five percent of the CX-5 is gasoline 2.0 or 2.5 and the all-wheel drive system accounts for sixty percent of sales in the range, so the fight for gasoline and diesel has dropped previously. We have included performance metrics here.
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine is available in Maxx and Maxx Sport and develops 114kW of power and beautiful torque of 200 Nm. This engine is available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission in Maxx (Maxx Sport only), driving the front wheels and the 2.0-liter CX-5 will complete a 0-100 jump in about 10 seconds.
The more powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine is available on a range of six-speed and six-speed automatic transmission. This engine has a bit more sparkle, developing 138kW / 250Nm. You can expect time 0-100 in just over nine seconds.
Both petrols follow the lead-free standard, which Korean and Japanese competitors may demand, but European competitors cannot.
The 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine produces 129kW / 420Nm and time 0-100 is claimed to be 9.3 seconds.
All three engines have an i-Stop, Mazda’s name is stopped.
All CX-5s are rated to have the same towing capacity – 1800kg for brake trailers, 750kg is not tied.
The CX-5 engine is filled with a standard oil. Oil capacity is 4.2 liters for 2.0, 4.3 liter for 2.5 and only five liters for the 2.2 turbo-diesel version.
How much fuel does it consume?
For the 2.0 front wheel drive model, Mazda claims 6.6L / 100km on the combined cycle.
The claimed combined figure of the 2.5-liter drive is listed at 7.4L / 100km. CarsGuide’s most recent tests on 2.5, GT and Maxx Sport, show that we achieved 9.2L / 100km and 9.0L / 100km respectively.
Torquey 2.2 turbo-diesel has a combined fuel figure declared at 5.7L / 100km. Our most recent test of diesel engines gives real world average results of 8.6L / 100km, so when it comes to diesel compared to gasoline, it will come to you if you want more pulling power than effective or not.