MAZDA expects its second-generation CX-5 to retain its title as Australia’s
favourite SUV despite its strong competition, thanks to a fresh new look, an
increase in standard features and improved cabin comfort.
The new-gen CX-5 is on sale in Australia now, just four months after its
reveal at last year’s Los Angeles motor show, with Mazda reporting significant
interest in the new model on the back of pre-launch marketing campaigns and a
competition to win one.
Speaking at his final media event before retiring this week, outgoing Mazda
Australia managing director Martin Benders acknowledged the continued growth in
the SUV segment and said the Japanese car-maker had three key goals in mind
with the CX-5.
He said the company was keen to offer a strong model mix, appeal to existing
CX-5 owners and keep its spot at the top of the SUV pile.
“We recognise this growth will not only be fuelled by CX-5 but also new and
improved competitor offerings and even additional entrants (in the SUV
segment),” he said at the media launch in Queensland this week. “In that
context, we believe CX-5 can continue to grow at a modest but solid pace and
sustain its place at the top of the segment.”
The CX-5 has been the best selling SUV in Australia for the past four years,
after toppling the Toyota Prado in 2013, hitting a high of 25,136 units in
Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak reiterated Mr Benders’
suggestion that returning buyers would be key to the success of the second-gen
“Resale is important for this car,” he said. “You can’t be number one for four
years and not talk to those owners again and get a huge amount of interest. We
have done our research and we are very confident we are on to a winner.”
Mr Doak added the overall package and the addition of a new variant would
ensure the new CX-5 would lure current owners back to their Mazda dealership.
“All the signs are that it will be very successful for us. We are very happy
with the value equation we have delivered with equipment and pricing. Touring
is a nice addition to the range and we have high hopes for that.
“If you’ve had a Maxx Sport for three to five years and are thinking of
upgrading, go and have a chat to your Mazda dealer and there is a new model you
can step up and it is not a big walk in terms of price but there are some nice
features there that are of real benefit to customers.”
The new CX-5 introduces massive improvements to noise, vibration and harshness
(NVH) levels, updated styling, a completely redesigned interior, more cabin
space and new active safety features, but few changes to the powertrains.
Mazda has added a new mid-range variant, dubbed the Touring, which it believes
will fill a gap between the Maxx Sport and the GT and appeal to returning
buyers, the majority of which own a Maxx Sport.
Pricing has increased on all variants except the top-spec Akera, with each
version of the base Maxx up by $800 each – meaning the two-wheel-drive (FWD)
manual 2.0-litre entry version kicks off the line-up from $28,690 plus on-road
The 2.0-litre FWD Maxx is still offered with an auto as well as an
all-wheel-drive (AWD) 2.5-litre version.
Maxx Sport variants come in for a $900 price hike and it continues to be
offered in FWD 2.0-litre guise, 2.5-litre AWD petrol and 2.2-litre AWD diesel
guises, starting at $34,390.
The new Touring grade is available from $38,990 for the 2.5-litre AWD and
$41,990 for the 2.2-litre diesel AWD.
GT models rise by $300 and mimic the engine line-up of the Touring and the
top-spec Akera that gets a price reduction of $420, topping out at $49,990 for
the Akera diesel AWD.
As reported when the CX-5 was revealed, it features an evolutionary new design
that is part of the next generation of Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy, with
smoother panels and fewer lines. It also adopts slimline head and tail-lights
that are similar to the larger CX-9.
The cabin is an all-new design, again borrowing elements from the CX-9, with a
horizontal dash theme, more soft-touch materials on the dash and door panels,
less fussy centre stack and new air vents.
A new centre console storage box has enough space to place a device in it to
charge, while the glovebox can swallow a 10-inch tablet.
Mazda offers four interior packages, including black or pure white leather on
Akera and GT, Black Maztex/Black suede on the Touring, and Black cloth on Maxx
and Maxx Sport.
A new 7.0-inch touchscreen is clearer than the old version, according to Mazda,
and the CX-5 features the latest version of the MZD Connect infotainment system.
The CX-5 is 10mm shorter at 4550mm and 20mm lower at 1690mm than the
first-generation model, while the 1840mm width and 2700mm wheelbase remains the
same as the outgoing car.
Cargo space is up by 39 litres over the old model to 442 litres.
Under the bonnet, the SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated
petrol unit carries over unchanged, delivering 114kW at 6000rpm and 200Nm at
4000rpm and fuel economy of 6.9 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
This figure is up from the old version’s 6.4L/100km claim, a result of a 40kg
weight gain for each CX-5 variant.
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit has benefited from some minor tweaks,
including asymmetrical oil rings that Mazda says enhances the thickness
of the oil film on the wall of the cylinder as the piston rises and falls,
helping to reduce mechanical resistance. Barrel-shaped piston skirts work to
enhance surface pressure when load is applied to them.
The output has increased marginally, up 2kW/1Nm to 140kW at 6000rpm and 251Nm
at 4000rpm, which has bumped fuel use 0.1L to 7.5L/100km.
Mazda’s 129kW at 4500rpm and 420Nm at 2000rpm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel adopts new
Control, Natural Sound Smoother, and Natural Sound Frequency Control, which the
car-maker says helps improve driving performance and quietness.
Fuel use is 6.0L/100km in the oil-burner.
The six-speed manual has been tweaked for a shorter throw and easier operation,
while the six-speed auto has a new shift control scheme that predicts the
driver’s intentions based on vehicle speed, throttle position and engine speed.
Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive system and the i-stop idle-stop system carries
over, while the G-Vectoring Control system introduced on the updated Mazda3
last year is also standard.
The suspension setup remains a MacPherson front and multi-link rear, but larger
front damper pistons and new liquid-filled bushings in the front help reduce
floating and vibrations.
Mazda says that larger diameter front dampers, fluid-filled bushings and rigid
steering mounts have helped improve the chassis tune, while increased use of
high-tensile sheet metal has strengthened the body.
The NVH measures have resulted in the CX-5 achieving a level of quietness
“roughly equivalent to that of travelling 20km/h slower than on the previous
model,” Mazda says.
The rejigged dampers have helped reduce road noise, while tyre noise was
reduced by using sealant to close the gaps between the body panels below the
Wind noise was reduced by placing the windscreen wipers below the bonnet and
redesigning the exterior mirrors and A-pillar.
Standard gear on the Maxx includes 17-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, black
cloth trim, 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat, 7.0-inch touchscreen, DAB+ digital
radio, Bluetooth, keyless start, blind-spot monitor, rear parking sensors,
reversing camera, rear cross-traffic alert, and Smart City Brake Support.
The Maxx Sport adds 17-inch alloys, front fog-lights, rain-sensing wipers,
auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control air-con, satellite
navigation and rear air vents.
New Touring variants include power mirrors, head-up display, keyless entry,
front parking sensors and traffic sign recognition.
The GT adds 19-inch alloys, remote power tailgate, adaptive front lighting,
glass sunroof, advanced head-up display, black or white leather trim,
10-speaker Bose stereo and 10-way (driver) and six-way (passenger) power seat
Finally, the Akera adds i-Activsense active safety features including adaptive
cruise control with Stop & Go function, adaptive LED headlights, driver
attention warning, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, a side camera and
smart brake support.