ACURA Sport Car | Mazda CX-5


Creating an SUV that handles similar a hatchback without making uncomfortable comprises is a feat few manufacturers accept achieved.
Blessed amongst expert looks, practicality too dynamic driving characteristics, the novel Mazda CX-5 is i such car.
Priced from £23,695 – £33,195, it’s upwards against formidable rivals inwards its sector, including the Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Edge, Seat Ateca, Nissan X-Trail, novel Skoda Kodiaq too Renault Koleos.
The reduce grade construction for the CX-5 is refreshingly uncomplicated – yous either choose SE-L Nav or Sport Nav, summation there’s a selection of 2.0-litre petrol too 2.2-litre diesel fuel engines, too 2WD or AWD.

The petrol engine is solely available every bit a 165PS too 2WD, spell the diesel fuel tin also live bought every bit an all-wheel drive too in that place are ii powerfulness outputs – 150PS or 170PS.
I tested the 2.2D 150ps 2WD SE-L Nav, which for me is a sweetness spot inwards the range, unless yous require 4WD (priced from £27,195).
Now I mightiness every bit good topographic point my cards on the table, because I was a large fan of the master copy CX-5 which was launched inwards belatedly 2011 too sold to a greater extent than than 1.5 1000000 globally.
The novel version is an evolution inwards terms of pattern amongst a distinctive novel front end destination consummate amongst imposing grille, sleeker sides too a lower roofline, giving it a to a greater extent than muscular stance.

Inside, it’s to a greater extent than of the same amongst subtle too fashionable changes. The familiar recessed dials are however there, too everything seems logical too clearly presented.
Perhaps, the biggest alter is that the touchscreen infotainment organisation at i time pops upwards from the move past times of the dashboard, too thankfully, a rotary controller (next to the gear-shifter) is however in that place to access oftentimes used functions.
There’s however a commanding driving topographic point upwards front, but it feels sportier than most SUVs. It has a classy air nearly it too, thank yous to enough of soft-touch plastics too brushed chrome.
There’s bags of room upwards front end too ample for full-size adults at the back, though it’s non quite too therefore comfortable for the someone inwards the middle every bit is often the illustration thank yous to the recessed armrest. The boot is a respectable 506 litres, or 1,620 litres.

Standard equipment across the attain includes LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, DAB radio, splendid 7-inch infotainment touchscreen too auto power-folding door mirrors.
Sport Nav cars also larn a reversing camera, 8-way powerfulness adjustable driver’s topographic point too Smart keyless entry, summation heated front end seats too steering wheel, summation a power-lift tailgate too a head-up display (HUD) featuring Traffic Sign Recognition.
The revelation begins when yous commencement upwards the CX-5. Mazda been working difficult on its Skyactiv-D diesel fuel engines, introducing noise-reducing “Natural Sound Smoother” applied scientific discipline which damps downward the familiar diesel fuel rattle into a much to a greater extent than refined affair.
Head off too some other Mazda evolution -“Transient Control” – kicks in, sharpening limit response.

Tackle to a greater extent than challenging roads too it’s clear that the CX-5 drives fifty-fifty ameliorate amongst minimal trunk roll, giving to a greater extent than spirited drivers the enjoyment constituent missing inwards too therefore many SUVs.
All this extra dynamism is partly due to a claimed 15% stiffer torsional trunk rigidity than the outgoing model, summation the introduction of G-Vectoring Control (GVC) which improves cornering reply too stability.
Everything seems correct – the steering from the satisfyingly sporty cycle is accurate too nicely weighted, there’s expert traction too enough of grunt from the engine, spell Mazda’s slick six-speed manual box is a joy to use.
For the record, the 150PS 2.2D tin attain 60mph from standstill inwards a real decent 9.4 seconds too become on to a move past times speed of 127mph. Fuel economic scheme is a claimed 57mpg, spell CO2 emissions are 132g/km.

Frankly, the CX-5 is difficult to fault. If I had to nit-pick, I’d tell the 7-inch touchscreen is slightly meagre inwards the middle of such a large centre console, spell the average MPG during my calendar week stayed stubbornly closed to the 43-mark which is OK, but non outstanding.


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