Mazda CX-5 gets mid-life overhaul


Although the segment it competes in is one of the most hotly contested in the country, the Mazda CX-5 has been a perennial underachiever with monthly sales lagging behind those of its rivals from Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Now separate from the Blue Oval and following the launch of its all-new 2 supermini two months ago, Mazda has now afforded the CX-5 with a mid-life facelift and the inclusion of new technologies to tempt buyers away from the Kuga, Qashqai, RAV4 and Tiguan.

Compared to the outgoing version, the new CX-5 borrows a few styling cues from its 2 and 3 siblings in the form of the firm’s new KODO design language grille, a slightly revised front bumper and, in a local model first, Adaptive LED headlights with array glare-free high beam technology.

According to Mazda, LED array divides the lighting, when switched to full beam, into four blocks that can be switched on/off independently. Using a camera to detect oncoming traffic or the taillights of a vehicle ahead, the system turns off the light pointing directly at the car in front, making driving on full beam possible but without blinding the occupants of the other vehicle.

Inside, changes have been kept to a minimum with the biggest addition being the fitment of a seven-touchscreen display that doubles up as interface for Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system, and allows for audio streaming and browsing of social network. An electronic handbrake is now standard on all models.

Comprising of six models in four trims levels, the base Active and mid-range Dynamic makes use of a revised version of the previous CX-5’s 2.0-litre SKYACTIVE-G petrol engine, that now makes 121 kW and 210 N.m of torque. Available solely with front-wheel drive, both can be have with a six-speed manual gearbox while a similar ratio automatic is an option on the former. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.4 L/100 km and emissions at 148g /km.

Additionally, the Active spec can also be specified with a 2.2-litre SKYACTIVE-D turbodiesel engine that produces 110 kW and 380 N.m of torque. As with its petrol sibling, drive goes to the front but only via the auto box. Mazda claims a combined consumption figure of 5.7 L/100 km and emissions of 151 g/km.

Completing the petrol range, the Individual comes exclusively with a 2.5-litre SKYACTIVE-G engine that makes 141 kW and 256 N.m of torque. It uses the same drivetrain setup as the diesel and consumes unleaded at a rate of 6.9 L/100 km whilst spewing out 160 g/km.

Sitting at the top of the range, the Akera comes powered by a high-output version of the Active’s diesel engine, which now makes 129 kW and 420 N.m of torque, but transmits that to all four wheels via the auto box.

Standard spec is inclusive with the Active featuring electric windows all around, electric mirrors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, six-speaker sound system with Aux, USB and Bluetooth, keyless go, rain sense wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, ABS with EBD, EBA and TCS, reverse camera and Hill Launch Assist, while the Dynamic adds keyless entry and 19-inch wheels.

Moving up, the Individual and Akera features the aforementioned Adaptive daytime-running LED’s, sunroof, leather seats, keyless entry, eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, nine-speaker Bose premium sound system, satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot monitoring system and Lane Keep Assist.

A three year / unlimited warranty and service are standard on all models.



2.0 Active 121 kW / 210 N.m R319 500
2.0 Active AT 121 kW / 210 N.m R329 900
2.0 Dynamic 121 kW / 210 N.m R329 600
2.2 DE Active AT 110 kW / 380 N.m R378 300
2.5 Individual AT 141 kW / 256 N.m R408 700
2.2 DE Akera AWD AT 129 kW / 420 N.m R465 400



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