Mazda CX-5 Akera 2014
The Mazda CX-5 was a sales success. They are everywhere, bought by young ‘not old and not too young’ in large quantities. But chart success is not always a sign of quality, as it takes a glimpse of what has passed for a music chart.
CX-5 is different. Along with its praiseworthy sales are its good-looking looks, some clever tech, and a reputation for ride and handling. The flagship Akera though is an experiment – priced at the start of the Germans (Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA), it has to fight with badges snobbish as well as a crowded playground from Japan Korean and Japanese.
The CX-5 has a modest starting price of $ 27,880 for the 2.0-liter four-wheel drive petrol engine and up to nearly $ 50,000 for the Akera diesel. This petrol Akera was the last stop ahead of that high water mark, weighing in at $ 46,570.
The long list of standard Akera features include leather interior, keyless entry, Bose brand nine-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB, reversing camera and parking sensor, and cruise control. process and a sensor cluster inside the windshield for automatic rain wipers, headlights and lane departure warning.
The headlights are adaptive (and very good too) bi-xenon, the front seats are electrically adjustable, heated, and have two memory slots.
The Mazda CX-5 is a pretty big car, and Akera’s large 19-inch wheels add to that enormous look. Sadly, its rather lovable styling causes a few minor problems. The first is that over your shoulder, you cannot see a thing through those little windows. On Akera, blind spot monitoring is a very welcome addition.
Second, the back door is not an easy proposition for younger kids. They don’t expand very well and have to climb a bit. However, when they went inside, there was a lot of space and they sat up tall and beautiful and they could easily look out.
Not bad here, but a car priced the equivalent of an Audi Q3 or BMW X1 might be a bit more luxurious than what’s on offer.
Having said that, it all works flawlessly. It just doesn’t feel all that special. As for its defense, so does the X1.
It is also not the biggest inside. During a strenuous ride to gather more wood, our long-term Hyundai ix35 is more equipped. Mazda has perfection better than a country mile, better than Honda, Hyundai, Kia or Ford and not far from the Germans.
ABS, stability and dynamics control, six airbags, city brake assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, all reach five-star ANCAP.
The nine-speaker stereo is incredibly slow when plugged into an iPhone. You get a swirl on the screen and anything you choose on the device is not reflected on the screen and the sound does not match what you selected on the device nor what is shown on the screen. car. That is, to say the least, confused.
That screen isn’t really big or smart enough for you to use, it’s actually quite fiddly. Once you’ve decoded it, however, it’s not bad and sounds pretty good. However, operational needs.
ENGINE / Drive
The Akera is powered by a larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv engine. There’s no turbo, but it pushes out 138kW and and 250Nm through all four wheels and with a very good six-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda claims the combined fuel figure, aided by the start stop, is 7.2L / 100km but this seems to be a distant possibility given our 12.2L / 100km which is not included. the amount of acceleration is too difficult.
Without a doubt, the CX-5 is one of the better SUVs and holds quite well compared to many lower-undercarriage sedans.
The power and torque numbers don’t suggest that, but together they’ve done an impressive job of pushing the 1650kg Akera down the road at very good speed. The transmission is very responsive to the right foot and has some real fun getting behind the wheel.
Passengers will be very pleased with the good driving feel and no rolling that one or two competitors (Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester) endure. On the highway, they’ll also appreciate the engine’s quietness and wind and tire noise that has been well suppressed.
From the driver’s seat, you can drive a well-organized hatchback with some sort of clever direction-shifting windshield. It’s hard to believe it’s a high-pitched SUV, quite a feat.
The majority of the wheels are well weighted, so bouncing around the crossbars should never cause any problems for the CX-5. The throttle is quite soft to assist with smooth progress but on the positive side this means there won’t be any ominous evasion as it kicks in from a standstill.