MAZDA has launched its latest model, the CX-5, against a background of rising motoring costs and declining global sales for all manufacturers.
To be competitive in these tight times, new models have to be innovative, cost-effective, attractive and most importantly, fun to drive.
Mazda expects for the foreseeable future the world’s key energy sources will continue to be mainly petroleum-based, and most vehicles will still be powered by internal combustion engines.
With this outlook in mind, the company has stated that its goal is raising the average fuel economy of their vehicles sold worldwide by 30% by 2015 compared with 2008 levels.
That’s fighting talk!
What is it?
Mazda says the CX-5, available in automatic or manual, is the answer to tough times.
The crossover SUV is up against some very good rivals such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V, Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35 as the front-runners.
The CX-5 is equipped with breakthrough innovations that reduces fuel consumption and emissions yet maximises performance and provides a more enjoyable driving experience, while at the same time being kinder on the pocket, says the company.
Are they right?
Yes. It is one of those modern crossover vehicles which are fun to drive, unlike some of the clunkers which pass muster as a family SUV.
How does it look?
Stylish and attractive.
It has a powerful, bold new look down to the last detail.
Mazda designers have created a sporty, imposing design delivering balance between form, functionality and performance.
What’s it like to drive?
Many SUVs have the reputation of being dad’s fun vehicle which moms have to endure – the discomforts of a hard, bouncy ride, heavy steering, and the difficulty of manoeuvring in crowded shopping mall parking areas.
Not so with the CX-5.
It’s a very easy vehicle to drive. The steering is quick and crisp with little effort needed to control the vehicle in most driving conditions.
Developing 114kW of power at 6000 rpm and 200Nm of torque at 4000rpm, it delivers more torque, good fuel economy and lower emissions.
The vehicle has a brand new, cutting-edge six-speed automatic transmission on the dynamic and individual derivatives and a six- speed manual transmission which is fitted to the active model.
Any special features?
Yes, the most important being the SKYACTIV technology.
This technology is applied to chassis, gearboxes, engines and bodywork to make the vehicle, lighter, more powerful, easier to drive, more fuel efficient and cost-effective.
Should you buy one?
The CX-5 is up against some very stiff competition. If, after taking all the rival vehicles for a test drive, it’s going to depend on who gives you the best trade-in deal.
If you have no trade-in, the same applies.
The bottom line is that the CX-5 is worth considering if you are in the market for a new vehicle.
The CX-5 comes with a three -year roadside assistance plan, a five-year/90000km (whichever occurs first) service plan and a four-year/120000km warranty. Service intervals are every 15000km.
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