Award-winning Mazda CX-5 was built first and foremost for comfortable driving even though the car cannot help itself winning awards in South Africa and globally. The reason is not hard to find, the CX-5 is simply a stunner.

Mazda has updated the popular  family car range with the new CX-5 Carbon Edition, which replaces the CX-5 2.0 Individual derivative in the South African lineup.

The CX-5 Carbon Edition retains the familiar naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine which offers 121 kW and 213 Nm powering the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

On the outside, the CX-5 Carbon Edition gains styling enhancements such as glossy black mirrors and 19-inch black alloy wheels while the interior boasts black film seen on the dashboard and door panels as well as red stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever, knee pads and seats. Leather and suede combination upholstery is standard.

There are six exterior coloursto choose from – from Snowflake White Pearl, Sonic Silver, Machine Grey, Soul Red Crystal to Polymetal Grey  and Jet Black.

Mazda SA explains that the introduction of the Carbon Edition is no so much to prop up the CX-5 positition in the market but mainly to make the range to look even more attractive.

“The Mazda CX-5 is still an appealing SUV with its exterior styling, comfortable and pleasing interior, and the many standard features it offers. We have added the Carbon Edition to subtlety enhance the style of this SUV further, whilst retaining its outstanding balance of ride and handling,” Mazda SA’s managing director Craig Roberts revealed.

Beyond the Carbon Edition,  the most notable upgrade made to the 2021 CX-5 is its new infotainment system. A 10.3-inch screen now sits atop the dashboard, replacing a smaller 7.0-inch display. The updated system features the new Mazda Connect interface, Mazda Connected Services (a Wi-Fi hotspot and access to remote vehicle functions through a smartphone app), and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The top-of-the-line Signature trim adds a higher-definition 360-degree camera, a driver-attention alert, and rear automated emergency braking.

The CX-5’s standard 140kw four-cylinder engine has great throttle response when pulling away from stoplights or hustling around town, so it feels quicker than it actually is.

The inside of the top-tier CX-5 models boast the kind of luxury that matches what top German models can offer. Emphasis on comfortable is not neglected however, as seen with the floor-hinged accelerator pedal feeling better than the more common version that is suspended above the floor. The well-crafted steering wheel is directly in front of the driver and not offset at a slight angle, and all of the front-seat armrests are at the same height for optimal comfort.

Since the Carbon Edition is the major issue about the 2021 Mazda CX-5, here are some quick facts about it:
Engine: 2.0-litre petrol naturally-aspirated
Power/Torque: 121 kW/213 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Fuel Consumption: 6.9 L/100 km
Load capacity: 442-1914 litres
Acceleration: 0-100 kph in 10.4 sec (claimed)

Prices

Mazda CX-5 CX-5 2.0L Active FWD Manual                             R455 500

Mazda CX-5  CX-5 2.0L Active FWD Auto                                R469 100

Mazda CX-5 CX-5 2.0L Dynamic FWD Manual                        R484 400

Mazda CX-5 CX-5 2.0L Dynamic FWD Auto                            R499 100

Mazda CX-5 CX-5 2.0L Carbon Edition FWD Auto                R565 800

Mazda CX-5 CX-5 2.5L Individual AWD Auto                          R644 300

Mazda CX-5 CX-5 2.2L DE Akera AWD Auto                           R676 100

The CX-5 is sold is with a 3-year/unlimited km warranty and a 3-year/unlimited km service plan. A 5-year corrosion warranty and 3-year roadside assistance is also included.

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