MAZDA CX-5 REVIEWS | 2017 – 2019 MODEL

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Road test: Mazda’s CX-5 Takami a turbocharged firecracker


The Mazda CX-5 is a big old Labrador now — a faithful piece of furniture in the landscape of one of the most important segments in current-day motoring.

Testament to the model’s popularity is its continual position as a sales hero for Mazda. Last month it was New Zealand’s best-selling passenger car, pipping the Kia Sportage, Suzuki Swift, and Toyota Corolla. Not bad for a vehicle nearing its second birthday.

Despite being a teenager in car years, the CX-5 is still a firm front-runner in the SUV space. It’s certainly still a popular player among the Driven team, thanks largely to the way it deals to corners with ease, its looks, and the high quality of its cabin.

And now, there’s a shiny new trim level to consider.

Those familiar with the Mazda line-up will know about their top-line Takami models in the 6, CX-3, and CX-9. And late last year, a Takami-spec all-wheel drive CX-5 priced at $61,495 ($3,450 more than diesel Limited) was released to the market.

A gift and a curse of Mazda’s overall line-up is that it’s hard to tell them apart regardless of specification. That’s happy news for those shopping in the bottom or middle of the range, but perhaps a slight irritation for anyone wanting to get more visual neighbour-shaming bling for their money.

2018 Mazda CX-5 GSX 2.5 – Still the medium-SUV King

Mazda CX-5 DriveLife review


We’ve always liked the CX-5 – it’s a great choice for anyone in the market for a mid-sized SUV.

Last year, I tested the CX-5 Limited – finished in Soul Red, Mazda’s best colour by far. For 2018, Mazda have made some changes to all its CX-5 engines – the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol units, and the 2.2-litre diesel engine.

But the competition is catching up; there are some other mid-sized SUVs improving in design and features, and the all-important benchmark of driveability – always a CX-5 strong suit.

Can the latest mechanical and feature upgrades fend off the CX-5’s opposition?

As always, the CX-5 looks great. That frontal design – so much like the CX-3 and CX-9, and yet different too – is a stand-out look. I actually found a person who didn’t like the front of the car, but he was the first person ever. The sides and rear too are well balanced – those rear lights, looking very Jaguar F-Typish, and are totally awesome.

Our test car was finished in Eternal Blue, which set it off nicely.

2017 Mazda CX-5 – Raising the stakes?

Mazda CX-5 Autocar review


Globally one in four new Mazdas sold is a CX-5. In New Zealand it has been the most popular medium suv for the past five years. Now facelifted, with improved dynamics and refinement, it is set to kick on.

Mazda’s CX-5, New Zealand’s most popular medium-sized SUV since its introduction in 2012, has undergone a significant facelift for 2017, with changes to styling inside and out, and improvements to NVH, and driving dynamics, along with a safety and specification upgrade. There has been no change of note to the powertrains; there’s still the option of a 2.2L turbodiesel and normally aspirated 2.0L and 2.5L engines, all four-cylinder mills.

All versions now get autonomous emergency braking at city speeds, and G-Vectoring control, while the top Limited versions come with head-up display, a powered tailgate, active cruise control and a premium 250wpc 10-speaker Bose sound system. CX-5 programme manager, Masaya Kodama, was on hand to launch the 2017 CX-5 locally, explaining that the aim for the upgrade was to “refine every aspect as viewed by all occupants”. To that end even those in the rear seat were not overlooked, getting their own air vents and a pair of USB jacks for charging mobile devices.

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