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PROS

  • The Touring offers the best value for money across the CX-5 range
  • Posh exterior and interior
  • Incredible standard safety equipment

CONS

  • The front USB charge points could’ve been more effective - they’re rather slow
  • Lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • The MZD Connect tends to be buggy

REVIEW SUMMARY

Mazda knows very well how important the CX-5 is in their model range, especially as it managed to edge the competition in the mid-size SUV segment, when it comes to the volume of sales.

The CX-5 Touring finds itself sandwiched between the Maxx sport and the GT in the CX-5 lineup.

If you throw a glance at the list of standard kit and the various features included in the Touring trim level, it becomes apparent that this is probably the best bang for your buck within Mazda’s mid-size SUV range.

 

Safety

The Mazda CX-5 is a reasonably-sized car, having a width of 4550 mm and a height of 1675 mm, you should be safe and sound while you travel around in it, right?

Okay, no controversy here – this car is safe, period! Things such as autonomous emergency braking and driver-set speed limiter come as standard across the range, plus it has an array of airbags.

Perhaps that’s why ANCAP Safety awarded the CX-5 with a full five-star rating, mhm?

 

Price

The Touring comes without 4×2 (and no manual gearbox), instead both the petrol and the diesel are equipped with a 4×4 system. Mazda are obviously targeting the adventurous types here.

Anyway, the six-speed auto version powered by a  2.5L petrol is logically cheaper – $38,990. The 2.2L diesel though (same 6-speed automatic gearbox) will cost you three grand more – $41,990.

It’s nice to see the inclusion of two engine choices, especially since one is diesel while the other is petrol. Don’t you hate it when you fall in love with a model, only to find out later that it’s offered with only one engine?

 

Features

Since we’re stepping up the CX-5 ladder with the Touring, you’d expect a plethora of cool gadgets and tech as part of the standard kit, right? Well, you won’t be disappointed:

  • Sat Nav
  • Head-up display with traffic sign recognition
  • Keyless entry
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Black faux-leather trim with suede seat inserts
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Auto headlights plus auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • LED foglights
  • LED headlights
  • Two additional USB ports in the rear centre armrest
  • Rear seat vents
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear-view camera
  • Start button
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Smart city braking
  • Front and rear cross-traffic alert
  • 17-inch alloys

Woah, talk about an extensive list of features! Sure, the price is roughly $40k, but it’s still much cheaper than premium rivals in the face of the BMW X3 for example.

 

Pros and cons

Dear Mazda, prepare to be judged accordingly. Because the CX-5 sells in large quantities, we absolutely have to list its strengths…:

  • The Touring offers the best value for money across the CX-5 range
  • Posh exterior and interior
  • Incredible standard safety equipment

And of course, its weaknesses:

  • The front USB charge points could’ve been more effective – they’re rather slow
  • Lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • The MZD Connect tends to be buggy

 

Verdict

Let’s keep it real here, if people prefer the CX-5 over the RAV4 or the Tucson (or even the VW Touareg), then the Mazda should be better than its rivals, one way or another.

We can skip the gorgeous looks of the CX-5 and just focus on the inside of the car – it still looks very modern and it screams quality. Also, love those arrow-shaped air vents – well done Mazda!

It’s true that some rivals have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (which the CX-5 lacks) and some of them also offer more rear cargo room, but overall Mazda have outdone themselves here.

FINANCE SECTION

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