The SUV segment is a highly competitive one; no wonder then that Mazda went in guns blazing with its new model, which is powered by the two-litre petrol engine and a 2.5-litre petrol powertrain seen in South Africa for the first time as well as an all-new 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel.
This comprehensive engine line-up will cater for every consumer’s needs and the dynamic design and performance, mated to SUV functionality and safety, delivers a perfectly balanced vehicle.
On the road
Having driven a fair distance in the CX-5 it’s easy to see why Mazda has so much belief in this model. Besides its bold styling and solid stance - achieved through the design of a new front face and taut rear end - this vehicle has one of the longest wheelbases in the segment, measuring in at 2 700mm. The result is a spacious interior with quality finishes and a practical design to accommodate all occupants with ease. The combination of technology and comfort means the driver can be transported in comfort while having an engaging drive with very little road noise entering the cockpit.
On the open road, the CX-5 masks its stature well with good road-holding ability and fun-to-drive characteristics not usually associated with this class of vehicle. The pick of the powertrains is certainly the preppy 2.2-litre diesel available in two power variants, both returning impeccable fuel consumption figures. The CX-5 line-up is as follows: The two-litre Active available as a manual and auto. The two-litre is also available in Dynamic guise. The 2.2-litre will be available in DE Active auto, while the 2.5-litre is available in Individual spec, also boasting an auto transmission. The range-topping 2.2-litre DE Akera will be available as an all-wheel-drive automatic derivative.
Catapulting Mazda into the fast lane is the new Mazda6, which is designed to be an attention grabber. Something it does rather easily given its 'KODO – Soul of Motion' design theme. The Mazda6 is destined to turn heads, drawing upon the sleek beauty of the Mazda Takeri and Mazda Shinari concept cars. And with ultra-efficient SKYACTIV technology underneath, there are no concessions to performance or fuel economy.
Behind the wheel
The perfect ingredients come together in the Mazda6 with a dynamic chassis with fast-revving powertrains creating a recipe for enjoyment. Utilising the same engine line-up found in the CX-5, these linear revving engines are precise and suit the sporty nature of the SKYACTIV-chassis’ clever steering and suspension for superior handling. Fit and finish is what you’d expect from such an established brand and the safety features are top draw.
Overall, the new design direction where Mazda is headed follows its core values of making fun-to-drive cars with personality and it hasn’t failed to impress.
The Mazda6 and CX-5 are designed and built to the highest standard of performance and reliability. This standard is backed by a three-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty and a three-year service plan.