The Mazda CX-5 has been around longer than its immediate SUV competitors, such as the Toyota RAV and VW Tiguan. However, since the 2019 design update, via the design language  Mazda calls KODO, the CX-5 looks fresher and, in fact, a step ahead of its competition.

It’s not about the looks only but a lot in comfort and sheer driving pleasure, not to forget the swag attitude that says “can’t touch this”!

The new CX-5 is a little bigger than the older generation it replaces, as its wheelbase is now  10mm longer. The bonnet is also long, while the hugely attractive grille is wider and that raises the stakes for CX-5 in the battle for attention. 

It’s a family car right, but one that is competent in all occasion – even in the dirt! The Mazda CX-5 offers the consumer the option to buy an all-wheel drive vehicle in addition to the regular front wheel drive. For the transmission, whether one chooses a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic car it remains a smooth, delightful driving experience.

Another area Mazda has shown keenness to put the CX-5 ahead is right in the front – tablet-style infotainment-screen, a complete move from the usual 7-inch rectangular screen in most modern cars. Beyond navigation, the tablet infotainment screen has all one can expect from a hand-handle tablet, including inputs for AUX and USB.

In the exterior, the CX-5 stands tall with 17-inch wheels for the entry level Active models, and from mid-range Dynamic models, the stylish SUV stands on 19-inch alloys.

The CX-5 was not built for power but when called to duty to kick butt, this beauty is not lethargic at all with its 2.0-litre petrol engine giving out 121 kW and 210 Nm. The larger 2.5-litre petrol engine models flex more with 143 kW and 257 Nm.

Our conclusion is a warning: be careful not to look at the Mazda CX-5 for more than a glance, you might find hard to look away after that.

Pricing

Mazda CX-5 2.0L Active 6MT FWD             R437,900

Mazda CX-5 2.0L Active 6AT FWD              R450,900

Mazda CX-5 2.0L Dynamic 6MT FWD        R465,600

Mazda CX-5 2.0L Dynamic 6AT FWD         R479,700

Mazda CX-5 2.0L Individual 6AT FWD       R541,400

Mazda CX-5 2.5L Individual 6AT AWD      R619,300

Mazda CX-5 2.2L DE Akera 6AT AWD        R649,900

The Mazda CX-5 is sold with a 3-year/unlimited km warranty and a 3-year/unlimited km service plan.

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