Mazda CX5 2.0L Active MT
The Mazda CX5 range of SUV’s are not designed to be super tough overland vehicles. Instead they are cars with good space, good handling, and a slightly higher stance allowing you to go on any unpaved road. On tar they behave like a car, both in performance and fuel economy.
The Mazda CX-5 is the first new generation vehicle to boast the complete suite of SKYACTIV Technology. Various innovations minimise fuel consumption, allowing you to use as little as 6.8litres/100km. I got 7.5litres/100km average in mixed driving. It would be possible to improve on that figure.
If you fold the rear seats down you get an enormous boot. You can easily fit two bicycles and a weekend’s luggage in. With the seats up the boot is fairly big. The space is also clean so you can get more in. The spare wheel is the almost normal type of temporary wheel.
The Mazda CX-5 is the first car to have Mazda’s ‘KODO – Soul Of Motion’ design theme at its core. There is even a tyre pressure monitor.
Priced at R312 090 for the base model as tested it compares well with the Mazda6 at R297 730. It is a whole lot bigger than a Mazda3.
The CX has a spacious well designed pleasant interior with a pleasant variety of finishes. There is just enough soft surfacing to soften the cabin. The interior is softned with brushed aluminium trim highlights and a piano black strip splitting the dash horizontally. It works well. There are USB/ Aux and power points in the box between the seats. I really liked the canvas coloured roof lining.
The seats are very comfortable and the seat height is perfect for getting in and out. The seat is also very adjustable and provides good support. It has a “commanding” driving position.
The radio is easy to use with simple controls. The sound quality is good too. The controls and switches are practical.
These cars drive like, well, cars. Good ride and handling. While you have enough power to do what you have to, there are not many spare horses.
The Yokohama G98 255/65R17 tyres give the car a superior ride.
Expect to get near the claimed 6.8l/100km and a top speed of 197kph on a longish straight at the claimed acceleration of 9.3for the 0-100km/h sprint.
The CX5 just eats up highway kms. It handles gravel roads well.
Brakes and steering feel are both excellent. The weight of the steering varies depending on the speed but is always light and responsive. You always feel in control.
Body roll is well controlled. It is a well sorted ride.
There is not a lot wrong with this car.
One complaint must be the wind noise round the mirrors, they are too big. At speed the car is not as quiet as one would like.
I found it strange that it does not have park assist as standard.
No cruise control as standard
As a package the Mazda CX5 does well. Good performance, very good fuel economy, quite roomy, and comfortable. See it as a sexy compact station wagon or a hatch on steroids and you will appreciate it.
The top of the CX range Mazda CX-5 2.0L Individual AT costs R393 390. The 2.0L as tested is R312 090. This price is a little steep if you consider that the much more capable Subaru XV with AWD costs R329 000.