Test Mazda CX-5, restyling that leaves a good taste in the mouth

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If a mark is “affordable” to fight in a direction very different from that of the rest of the manufacturers in our market, that is Mazda. Mazda has been the only one that has not believed in the famous downsizing; and there has been nothing wrong. In spite of this, this is not the only special feature of the brand, especially in the last few years.

Although in the section of their engines put out, in theory, in the against direction, the japanese firm also bet on the SUV vehicles. The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most important cars of the firm in Spain, for approximately 40 % of their cars here sold are CX-5. The Mazda CX-5 arrived on our streets in 2012. Today we know the newly arriving update that is already in the dealership.

An exterior design special

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As could not be otherwise, the new Mazda CX-5 uses the design style Kodo that already used its predecessor, but taking an update. Although the exterior design and the tastes are very personal things, very few people believed that the SUV japanese media is not a vehicle nice. Each detail in your 4,55 meters long, 1,84 wide and 1.68 meters high is care the most. As we have quoted its dimensions, we must remember that it is now a cm long and 3.5 centimetres more low.

front stands out for its “morro” virtually flat, the large grille of black color with the brand logo in large dimensions, the contour-chrome bottom of the same die in the lower part of the headlights and the powerful ribs the hood. His gaze conveys self-confidence, seriousness, and also sportsmanship, helping markedly to the optical LED.

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side view also enjoy strong nerves and tension lines that bring that character to the set. The A-pillar has been partially delayed. The crossover point comes from the hands of the guards lower to the body, finished in a black color. The drop ceiling is not flat when you get behind, but that is done in two phases. In the rear fins are left hovering pilots later, also LED lighting and sharp design. Already looking at the Mazda CX-5 totally from behind, we see a bulky bumper that houses two exhaust outlets and, again, marked forms with numerous muscles.

Large comfortable

The Mazda CX-5, with its 4,55 meters long, is located in the segment C-SUV. The japanese brand confirmed to us that the interior space both of the front lines and the rear has been unchanged after this deep restyling. Seen this, and without having taken the metro to verify this, we can say that we felt quite comfortable and spacious in their seats front.

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with Respect to the second row seating, will stand out because of its space for the knees, and by the clear height to the ceiling. In addition, we can regulate slightly the inclination of the backrest. The two lateral squares seem to be the most comfortable, by space but also by the quality of their seats. The central square however, it is disappointing, penalized for being more hard, narrow and with a backrest that becomes an armrest when the plaza is not being used. The tunnel of transmission, quite remarkable, does not help either. In any case, we do not consider that it were a madness to propose a trip with four adults and one child or four adults little portly.

The trunk of a new Mazda CX-5 is 506 litres, 477 to the bin. It is a great ability, although there is a slightly below average of this segment. A detail positive is that we can fold the three rear seats (in proportions 40:20:40) using a few handles from the trunk and independently, in addition to that, for the first time, as it provides the tailgate with opening and automatic closing. (Negative is that their forms are not all cubic, as we see in the image below.

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As it should be, everything in its place

The company nippon has also wanted to offer a renovated interior design. Mazda brags a lot, in all its models, a connection between driver and vehicle, that is to say, sensations and everything will fall on hand. In the signature call Jinba Ittai. With the CX-5 has not been the exception and gets noticed from your interior design.

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If we look closely, all the important systems of information are located in a high area, which we to avoid diverting too much of the view of the road. Now, this model can have Head-Up Display, which further enhances our security. On the other hand, have sought a symmetrical design and simple in all around the cabin, but not to say that qualities are something just. In fact, most elements of the dashboard are of a soft material with nice touch and well resolved, better than any other premium brand in germany.

The steering wheel, the dashboard and some other controls have been redesigned looking for what has already been said, simplicity, but practicality. What is certain is that everything falls to hand and you do not need an adaptation period because everything is where it should be. The steering wheel has dimensions correct, the knob falls to hand, it is easy to find a driving position comfortable and everything is tidy. By asking, like a little more design in the box would not have been wrong, by that which his opponents already have a multitude of screens in high-definition, but nothing of great importance.

Four engines, two petrol and two diesel

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The supply of engines of this new Mazda CX-5 is composed of two variants of petrol and two other diesel. In gas we have the engine 2.0 Skyactiv-G that develops 160 HP in versions with all-wheel drive and 165 in the front-wheel-drive, and the 2.5 194 HP that will come from September, and that will only be offered with all-wheel drive and automatic change. In diesel we have a block 2.2 Skyactiv-D offering power outputs of 150 and 175 HP. The lower power may be manual or automatic and front-wheel drive or full, while the 175 you can choose manual change or automatic but it will always be awd.

Almost Jinba Ittai

We have tested the engine 2.0 petrol 165 HP with front-wheel drive and manual shifting, and also we have been able to get to the knobs on the 2.2 diesel 175 HP with all-wheel drive and automatic change. Before we get in-depth with the feelings of these two versions, we will evaluate the dynamic behaviour and the overall of the car.

a Few paragraphs above we said that Mazda boasts that philosophy Jinba Ittai of their models. In this in-depth update of the CX-5 has been bet on her. A proof is that the shift lever now is a few centimeters highest, that is to say, closer to the steering wheel (and our hands), and not because it has a few routes of change that are excessively long.

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with Respect to the driving itself, despite being an SUV, it has a behavior very well. Does not convey the feeling of being in front of a vehicle is high because the suspensions contain very well the inertia and, what is more important, without sacrificing all the ride comfort. Mazda has achieved a great balance between dynamism and comfort.

During the presentation we were able to roll it by some other stretch mountain quite twisty. The pace was lively, but not excessive, and the chassis of the CX-5 maintained composure. This updated SUV incorporates the G-Vectoring, which helps to “get the nose” in the curve. The mass and the high center of gravity (because of its status as SUV) were noted almost exclusively in fast direction changes. In fast tracks, to chassis level, shown a car plumb, secure and comfortable.

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One of the aspects that we have not finished convincing is his – touch direction. Despite the fact that it is relatively straightforward, it is curious that his support is not variable, being quite assisted when you move through twisty. It is very convenient for the city and for the highway, but at certain times it misses a major resistance. It is curious that Mazda has not given this car a hardness variable according to the conditions or, on the contrary, a couple of modes of hardness selectable according to our preferences.

Yes, we must highlight positively the isolation of rolling and aerodynamic in the passenger compartment. Just leaves notice the noise of the engine depending on the mechanics, the regime of rotation and the operating temperature. Mazda, as we commented at the press conference, has made great efforts in reducing noise and vibrations that reach the passenger compartment. As a curiosity, one of the solutions has been to lengthen the hood so that the wipers are not exposed to the air, thereby reducing the resistance and the aerodynamic noise generated.

2.0 petrol 165 HP front-wheel-drive and manual gearbox

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For the first path with the Mazda CX-5 we have chosen the engine 2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 HP. As you already know, Mazda does not use boost in its current range of petrol models. This has its pros and cons. The positive side is that it reduces the number of elements, so that the probability of failure is lower, and, logically, the cost of acquisition also. The negative point of not having a turbo is that there is that resort to change with greater frequency have a few minor motor and, in addition, appears to a regime of spin higher.

This is what happens to us with this type of engine. On fast roads with slopes, it is not strange that the car starts losing speed, watching us forced to reduce gear. It seems that the 165 CV does not exist, but are and are found in the high zone. A person who likes to drive will not mind too much (or even likes) down a couple of gears to revolutionize the engine and thus get a pleasant response, but still leaves “dissatisfied” to more than one by that feeling of lack of energy. The 165 HP is located at 6,000 rpm and 210 Nm of torque arriving at 4,000.

2.2 diesel 175 HP of total traction and automatic change

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In the second route, with many less miles, we chose the 2.2 diesel 175 HP. In accelerations and low speed, in urban environments, this engine itself is felt slightly in the passenger compartment. In terms of their response, despite the fact that we have not been able to enjoy for many miles, seems a version more balanced and satisfying to the general public. Although the sensation is not that of a car very fast, without making measurements, stopwatch in hand, the recoveries we have found to be worthy.

According to the data approved, the 175 HP is found at 4,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque listed at 2000 rpm. It is true that in the lower area of the cuentavueltas will notice a bit lazy but, in our automatic version, if we accelerate relatively strong, produces a slippage of the transmission to increase the regime and so exit with greater agility.

In terms of the gearbox, it has seemed to us that its configuration and operation is successful. It is true that leave to notice some of the slipping that they are not too warm in certain conditions, but performs the gear changes are relatively smooth and control it at very slow speeds is easy. One of the things that we liked of this transmission is that, in sequential mode, agree to reductions that go up the engine to about 4,500 rpm (remember that this version is diesel), which is not true in all models. This detail is nice when we go down a mountain pass in sporty driving. Yes, it would not hurt to have cams.

Mazda comes treading on very strong

The Mazda CX-5 has received a notable update. Beyond the exterior and interior design, the new CX-5 is a car higher-quality, more technology and more premium. Also improvement in safety, being equipped with the latest trends as warning of a presence in dead angle, signal recognition, Head-Up Display, adaptive cruise control with Stop function&Go, cross-traffic alert, front lighting adaptive LED with several modules and many other more.

Mazda is pursuing the goal of approach the German trio of Audi, Mercedes and BMW. Although not yet is at the same height, is not too far away. What is far is the price. The japanese brand is at a point intermediate between generalist and premium, both in grades and in prices, taking very little competition around. Something that can and is exploited very well.

Equipment Mazda CX-5

Origin

  • G-Vectoring
  • Assistance to emergency braking with recognition of pedestrians
  • Help the start slope
  • Headlights LED daytime running light halogen
  • Climate control bizona
  • Mazda Connect with 7″touch screen
  • Brake power
  • Sensors of light and rain
  • back Seats recline in two positions and split 40/20/40
  • Outputs of subsequent air
  • alloy Wheels of 17 inches

Evolution

  • System assistance to the braking of the rear
  • Notice of involuntary change of lane
  • automatic Control of high beam lights
  • Headlights Full LED front and rear lighting adaptive (AFLS)
  • Recognition of traffic signs
  • Detector dead angle
  • traffic Alert rear
  • Detector fatigue
  • Head-Up Display
  • rear view Camera
  • Sensors parking front and rear
  • exterior Mirrors with folding, automatic

Zenith

  • Headlamp Smart Full LED adaptive with 12 LED modules
  • Bose stereo system with 10 speakers
  • Browser
  • Access and start hands-free
  • rear Door with electrical opening and closing
  • alloy Wheels in 19-inch

This finish, Zenith can add the Pack Leather and, in addition, the Pack will Cruise. The Pack Leather introduces seats in black leather or white and seats driver and passenger with electric adjustment, memory and heating. To complete the equipment of the CX-5, we have to request the Pack Cruiser, which incorporates: Head-Up Display projection on the windshield, adaptive cruise control with function Stop&Go and emergency brake “pre-impact”.

Prices Mazda CX-5

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Engine Traction Transmission Finish Price
Engine Traction Transmission Finish Price
2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 HP Front Manual 6v Origin 26.600 €
2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 HP Front Manual 6v Evolution 28.700 €
2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 HP Front Manual 6v Zenith 30.600 €
2.0 Skyactiv-G 160 HP Integral Manual 6v Evolution 31.780 €
2.0 Skyactiv-G 160 HP Integral Manual 6v Zenith 33.680 €
2.0 Skyactiv-G 160 HP Integral Automatic 6v Zenith 35.730 €
2.5 Skyactiv-G 194 HP Integral Automatic 6v Zenith 38.775 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 HP Front Manual 6v Origin 28.850 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 HP Front Manual 6v Evolution 30.950 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 HP Front Manual 6v Zenith 32.850 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 HP Front Automatic 6v Evolution 33.000 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 HP Integral Manual 6v Origin 31.930 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 HP Integral Manual 6v Evolution 34.030 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 HP Integral Manual 6v Zenith 35.930 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 HP Integral Automatic 6v Zenith 39.780 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 175 HP Integral Manual 6v Zenith 39.410 €
2.2 Skyactiv-D 175 HP Integral Automatic 6v Zenith 38.360 €

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