First Drive – Mazda’s New CX-5

New Mazda CX-5


What is it
A five seater,  the new Mazda CX-5 is a stylish and frugal SUV with three models in its range, Executive, Sport & Sport SE.

First impression of the new CX-5!
It looks like a beefy Mazda 3 that is attractive, athletic  and is a good choice of car for young couples and families

What about the interior?
Inside the high driving position means great visibility and the CX-5 is comfortable and car like.  The interior is roomy but bland. There is a nice blend of black and charcoal surfaces and fit and finish is good throughout.

And on the road?
CX-5 and the city: Agile handling and precise steering makes light work of tight spaces and gives the CX-5 a small car feel. .
CX-5 and the open road: Take it on the open road and it is quiet, composed and cruises happily.

How Much?
Prices start from €25,195 for the entry level Executive and rises to €34,895 for the four wheel drive Sport SE model. Running costs are low with the CX-5 returning 4.6 litres per 100km (61 mpg) on the combined cycle.  Emissions of  just 119g/km means it is in  Band A for Motor Tax so will cost €160 annually.

How Safe?
As far as safety is concerned no shortcuts have been taken and the  all-new CX-5 offers Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) that helps prevent low speed frontal collisions, as standard.

What are my choices?
The CX-5  comes in 3 models:
Executive – The entry level model.
Sport – Adds 17”Alloy Wheels, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Bluetooth, Parking Sensors with rear camera and a 5.8”touch screen with Tom-Tom Sat Nav.
Sport SE  – Gains 19″ Alloy wheels, Bi-xenon headlights with AFLS, Smart card remote keyless entry system, Leather seat trim (Black or Sand), Bose and nine speakers.

3 words to describe the CX-5
Frugal, Roomy, Stylish

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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