Autotest: Mazda perfects CX-5


How do you make a nearly perfect car even more perfect? Mazda seems to subscribe to. The CX-5 has always been a frontrunner in its segment. And with the latest version adds the Japanese carmaker an extra scoop of perfectionism.

Compared to the previous model, Mazda design further embellished. The beautiful larger grille now sits under a low-sloping hood and between two aesthetic low headlights. The round front wings are lower than the middle of the hood, the CX-5 on the front, nice thick, sporty, but above all more stylish. Mazda has here a fine piece of luxury design technique.

Between the front and rear wheels has Mazda put an end to the undulations in the doors. The whole is now almost flat, making the car a lot more modern and particularly stylish look. Behind especially, also, flatter tail lights that the CX a substantial modernisation. All in all, the new Mazda CX-5 compared to its predecessor, its appearance is considerably improved.


Also the interior has a huge design update. The infotainmentdisplay is now no longer in, but on the dashboard mounted and the vents are flatter and straighter. The Mazda materials used for the dashboard look and feel even more beautiful and better than they already were. The optional white leather seats, radio / cd player and accents in the doors give the CX-5 an even fancier look.

The seats in the Mazda are comfortable and soft and give good support. Just as in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the lumbar support is just not thick enough to also have just the necessary final push in the bottom of your back. Compared to the previous model, there seems to be inside the CX-5 would be less wind noise and the weather is a bit quieter. Even with the four-wheel drive and winter tyres, I asked myself occasionally whether there is nothing to my ears wrong.


To downsize, they do not at Mazda. Our CX-5 GT-M has a 2.5-litre petrol engine with 194 hp, without a turbo that is broken. Nevertheless, it drags the four-cylinder model a lot and have no trouble to see the almost 1.460 kilo weighing suv of its location. A relatively low weight when you consider that our testauto four-wheel drive and loaded with options. Mazda gives an average fuel consumption of 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres. That we have just not saved, but for some reason, above all, shorter distances in the period that the car had.

Also the chassis has Mazda a few minor updates made. This sends the new CX-5 with the G-Vectoring Control bochtenassistent again just a little sharper and tighter than the ‘old’. The body remains nice and upright and provides just that little bit of extra comfort where Mazda is known for. The only error that we, technically, have been able to discover was the automatic transmission. Sometimes this is just looking for the right gear, resulting in a slight bump during the on – or downshifting.

The youngest of the Mazda CX-5 is on all fronts just a little bit nicer, more luxurious, more comfortable and better. He is there from 32 thousand euros and for that you have all much car. The CX-5 is a premium and has its quality has been long proven. You can choose the Mazda CX-5, then you can choose with your mind.

Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV-G 194 4WD GT-M

Engine: 2.488 cc four-cylinder gasoline without turbo
Power: 194 hp) at 6,000 rpm
Torque: 258 Nm at 4.000 rpm
Transmission: 6 f., sequential automatic transmission
Drivetrain: front + rear wheels
Top speed: 195 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9,2 seconds
Weight for road tax: 1.460 kgs
An average of specified fuel consumption: 7,1 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 162 g/km
Energy Rating: E
Uitstootniveau: Euro 6
Base price (kerb): 31.990 eur
Price testauto (kerb): 50.890 euro (excl. Soul Red Crystal 1.195 euro and Pure White Leather 200 euro)