When Mazda recently launched their all-new compact SUV offering, the CX-5, there was plenty of hype around the car, it’s Mazda’s first vehicle to fully exemplify its new SKYACTIV Technology. Mazda are keen to point out the strengths of this new technology which will be rolled out across future models, including the new Mazda6, set to make its world debut at the Moscow Motor show later this month. SKYACTIV Technology consists of a completely new design with a new chassis, new transmissions and a lightweight body which results in delivering excellent driveability, coupled with low fuel consumption and low emissions.
Whilst there’s one petrol model available, the sensible motorist will opt for the 2.2-litre diesel variant. There are two power outputs on offer, a 150hp and a 175hp version, with the later coming equipped with an all-wheel-drive setup. I drove the 150hp variant at launch coupled with a six-speed manual transmission that offers a short positive gear change. With low emissions placing this model in tax band A and a combined fuel consumption of 4.6l/100km it’s the pick of the range, prices for this model commence from €28,245. I also drove the 175hp all-wheel-drive variant for a week-long test drive. The added benefit of having all-wheel-drive is certainly a reassurance in wintry conditions or for those who have to venture off-road. In reality though, only a minute few SUV motorists will ever do so. The CX-5’s interior is refined with an abundance of standard equipment on offer. There’s three levels of specification to choose from, Executive, Sport and Sport SE. The mid-range Sport model comes liberally equipped with 17” alloys, climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, parking sensors and an integrated touch-screen satellite navigation system as standard. As expected all models are fitted with a host of safety features, most notable is Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) which helps prevent low speed impacts. On a long journey the CX-5 offers ample comfort for all occupants, with an abundance of storage compartments to secure items. Its boot has a 503 litre loading space which can be increased to an impressive 1620 litres, with the rear seats folded flat.
The CX-5 has impeccable road manners for a compact SUV, its chassis is engineered to provide an entertaining drive in a vehicle that generally wouldn’t be associated with fun driving dynamics. There’s definitely a hint of MX-5 character instilled into the CX-5. It’s a smart prospect too, with a large uniform front grille up front, whilst the rear neatly houses wrap-around tail lights. Thanks to Mazda’s intelligent SKYACTIV Technology, coupled with a strong six-model line-up, which offers value for money motoring, this new CX-5 is sure to ignite sales throughout Mazda dealerships nationwide.[table “75” not found /]