- It has an exterior styling
- Easy to drive
- Offers good safety features
- Maximum of 5-seater
- Poor riding quality
- No manual transmission options
One Best Option from Mazda
Mazda has been known to make driver-centric cars. The Japanese company engineers, as well as designers, have been given the brief to make the vehicles as aerodynamic as possible as it can be. The Mazda CX-5 has been an award-winning SUV that comes with revisions like an improved 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel mill, introducing a new automatic petrol variant for the first time. It also has an enhanced safety kit across the range. The Mazda CX-5 would stun all by its refined level of sophistication, exterior design, and cabin quality.
A Mazda Must-Have
Mazda surely invested a lot of time redesigning the interior as it did with the outside. The new Mazda CX-5 has noticeably improved cabin quality and while it still displays a few low rent parts, all of them are generally relegated to the lower region of the dashboard. When it comes with the instrument cluster, it gets a slight revision of the OS for MZD Connect infotainment system has been thoroughly upgraded. Even after a new and improved system it still feels old school and outdated. Still, both the Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto too are all not included as part of new features.
The Mazda CX-5 offers a 10-speaker Bose system, which delivers crisp audio quality. The menus can be switched through a rotary knob like the one Audi gives and allows for selection too. It also comes with powered seats and leather upholstery on the top-spec trims which gives it a premium gloss. It has a multi-function steering wheel which is leather wrapped and feels good to hold too. Provided with the rear seats are reclining which adds to the comfort factor. Seating three abreast at the back isn't that big a deal and there is also 490-liter of space behind the rear seats. The Mazda CX-5 also offers a 40:20:20 split for the seats and which helps immensely when it comes with loading bigger stuff. The boot can easily be electrically opened too. The Mazda CX-5 still is being offered as a 5-seater compared to rivals in the same space offer seven seats.
The Mazda CX-5 has slim headlights house LEDs and comes with high beam assistance too. So, when you drive at night and need all the assistance from the headlights, the beam switches to high. But, if it detects another vehicle coming from the opposite direction, the light switches on to low beam instantly. When it comes with the grille, it is like what you get in other products from the carmaker with the hood looks like a sculpted ornament. The Mazda CX-5 comes with a 19-inch wheel wrapped in new rubber and resting on alloys which looks nice.
It also has a shark fin antenna at the back which is new and the LED tail light, as well as the stubby boot, make things interesting on this vehicle. Mazda has got the design elements just right, the overall length, width, and height of the new car is 4,540 mm x 1,840 mm x 1,670 mm respectively. For its chassis, it has been tuned to deliver handling pleasure better for the driver. It does not just deliver a crisp handling and steering feedback but also has decent ride quality. The Mazda CX-5 has softened the springs a bit and this could have aided the ride quality to be a tad suppler.
The New Mazda CX-5 is equipped with a G-Vectoring system which takes care of how the chassis is supposed to behave, in turn, is dependent on the engine and what torque it produces. Once the system detects that the vehicle is now turning too fast, it cuts off torque to the outer wheel. Mazda offers three engines for the Filipino buyer with the Mazda CX-5. There are two petrol and a diesel engine. It has a Euro 4 compliant unit and measures 2,200 CC. It has a turbo diesel unit that makes 175 PS of power and 420 Nm of torque.
The one with the bigger petrol engine is a 4-cylinder unit which makes 190 PS and 250 Nm from its 2.5-liter naturally aspirated heart. For the other smaller 2.0-liter petrol, it has a 155 PS and torque of 200 Nm. All the three engines can be ordered only with a manual transmission. Mazda offers AWD for the diesel and 2.5-liter engine for the smaller 2.0-liter can only be ordered with a front wheel drive configuration. All the three engines are silent. This gives you the best driving pleasure that can be derived out of the diesel engine.
When it comes with the vehicle's efficiency, it is also very good, sometimes bordering on 20 kmpl depending on the manner it is driven. The gearshifts are smooth, with the petrol mills in the meanwhile must be worked hard. Mazda's i-stop is offered on all three engines and this enhances fuel efficiency by cutting off the engine when stationary. It also saves energy for future use, like when starting the car or in coasting. Mazda offers the CX-5 with Dynamic Stability Control, ABS with EBD, brake assist, front and rear parking sensors as well as a rearview camera. With its advanced technology, there is also the Blind Spot Monitoring system, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. The GNCAP also has given the Mazda CX-5 a five-star crash safety rating.
The Mazda CX-5 is available in 5 different colors - Sonic Silver, Soul Red, Jet Black Mica, Snowflake White Pearl, and Machine Grey.