EVEN at $40,000, the all-new CX-5 Diesel AWD is so accomplished that there is
no reason why buyers of prestige and luxury SUVs costing almost twice as much
shouldn’t include the Mazda on their shortlist.
, , It certainly puts the
established mainstream players on notice.
Of course, a spot of social-climbing
would be just wishful thinking on the Japanese company’s part.
, , As well as
the goofy grille and dreary dash, the badge just isn’t right compared to a BMW
X1, Audi Q3 or Volvo XC60.
, , But there’s very little that’s wrong with the
rest of the CX5, as a week in the Maxx Sport revealed.
Model release dates: March 2012 - January 2015
THE arrestingly designed CX-7 first appeared in late 2006 in thrilling but
thirsty high-performance 175kW/350Nm 2.3-litre turbo-petrol all-wheel-drive
guise, just as fuel prices skyrocketed and diesels became all the
Consumers were confused as to exactly where this larger (as well
as more expensive) than usual compact SUV sat in the market, even though
generous equipment levels (including a standard six-speed automatic) clearly
marked the striking replacement for the dowdy Tribute SUV as an altogether more
Sales consequently never really took off.
the time the facelifted Series II arrived in late 2009, it was too late for the
CX-7 to hit the big time, despite the increase in features and an expanding of
the range to include a cheaper and more economical atmo 2.5 petrol model, as
well as the wildly underrated 127kW/400Nm 2.2 Diesel.
Yet even then the
Japanese shot themselves in the foot by crucially not offering an automatic
variant of the diesel.
On the other hand, it was the only manual CX-7
you could buy in Australia, and to this day remains one of our favourites.