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CX-5 takes on the establishment


WHEN the Mazda CX-5 arrived at the Autodealer office I was seriously impressed with the way it looked, both inside and out. Consumers in South Africa love SUVs and are very style conscious so therefore the CX-5 starts off on the right foot.

In terms of ease of use, the interior of the CX-5 is of a very high quality both in terms of materials used and the way that it’s glued together. My gripe is one that I also had with the Mazda6 and that is that the infotainment system is better in the lesser Mazda3 model.

Mazda wasn’t messing around when they dropped off the top-of-the range CX-5 2.2DE AWD Akera. On paper, this model looks fantastic, that is until you see the price. It is R456 100 for a vehicle that competes with the Qashqai, RAV4 and CR-Vs of the world.

That’s a lot of money but as with many SUVs, an all-wheel-drive system isn’t strictly necessary and there are 4x2 models in the range for more than R100 000 less.

So, with the price out of the way we can look at that engine. It is a properly punchy turbo diesel unit with 129kW/420Nm for the driver to play with. The automatic gearbox mated to the motor does make for a bit of lag from start up however, this is the case with most automatic diesels.

Claimed fuel consumption figures are 5.7 litres/100km however, I managed 7.2 litres/100km on a combined cycle.

All Mazda CX-5 models come with a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and a three-year/unlimited kilometre service plan.

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