2017 Mazda CX-5 review
Mazda CX-5 is a genuine phenomenon. It came out pretty much from nowhere and knocked out a few cars that we previously thought had an unacceptable understanding of Australia’s SUV budget.
What’s even more special is that the stylish CX-5 from a company has given us a decade of rather bland cars, after the late 90s fell into a series of dull boxes (though 3 the one that signaled the revival).
I drove a first-generation CX-5 at the end of my life and found it hard to believe it needed replacing. But that 2017 is exactly what Mazda did. New metal panels, numerous machined parts and new furniture have been incorporated into the slightly updated chassis to provide us with the second-generation CX-5.
And a lot of faces were buried in their hands at other car companies because it turned out that Mazda had done a smashing job a second time.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
The GT sits at the top of a typical Mazda range that includes front or all-wheel drive, petrol and diesel engines, and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
Only fully loaded Akera is more expensive. Starting at $ 44,390 for the petrol engine, the price increases by $ 3,000 to $ 47,390 for the diesel we have for Christmas.
Standard for your money is the 10-speaker Bose brand stereo with digital radio, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, keyless start and start, a safety package, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, electric front seats, LED fog lights, auto active LED headlights, sat nav, auto wipers, head display, decoration leather, electric tailgate, folding and power mirrors, electric windows, sunroof and spare space-saving tires.
Few things are missing in this specification, but the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is annoying (though not common in this segment). However, Mazda’s ‘MZD Connect’ multimedia is quite good, and with 10 speakers and basic but useful smartphone integration you should have.
Perhaps the low-resolution 7.0-inch touchscreen is part of the reason Apple and Android don’t go along.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10
If the first CX-5 impresses with good looks, the new one goes further by being a very nice car. Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language looks good in any size, but this latest development puts the CX-5 into really beautiful territory.
The slimmer headlights work well with the nose looking longer and the body seems to be pulled down more on the wheels. Despite many similarities with the old car, all the panels are new and that is partly because the change of the A column to just 35mm is enough to make everything move.
The cabin has gone on for a much bigger change. No big deal with the old one, but it feels a bit old and some documents aren’t quite there. As always, the first generation of the CX-5 has been taken into a completely different segment, quite sparsely. With competition from all sides, the new interior must bring a more premium feel.
With the improved plastic and accessories, a more cohesive design (something as simple as a consistent font goes a long way to make that impression) and the kind of detailed improvement that I expect from Mazda, the interior The new interior is lighter, feels better and looks better. The work is completed.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Never a class leader in the spacious department, this CX-5 is still at the back of the pack, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Boot space increased by 39 liters to 438 (VDA) with seats increased, tripling to 1342 liters with seating numbers down. Seats are split 40/20 / 40 and you can drop each part individually, this is very generous.
The CX-5 has four cupholders (one pair up front and one pair in the center rear armrest), one tray for your phone, bottle holder for each door and vents for the rear seats. With a taller new center console, deeper storage bins and also hide two USB ports.
The new car is not bigger, so the rear aperture is still very tight compared to, for example, a Tiguan car or a Hyundai car. It doesn’t seem to bother the owners I’ve talked to, but it’s noticeable.