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The second generation Mazda CX-5 ups the ante with handsome looks and a cabin that challenges the notion of a non-premium interior.

13 Sep 2017

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The Mazda brand isn't typically associated with high-end, premium cars. Its lineup of more affordable family cars has placed it as a brand for the everyday man. The second generation Mazda CX-5, however, proves otherwise.

A redesigned front end gives the CX-5 a more aggressive stance

The original CX-5 was a pioneering model for Mazda, as it was the first in a new generation of models to feature the marque's 'KODO: Soul of Motion' design language and SkyActiv technology. Now, its successor brings to the table a more aggressive stance, sharper looks and a slew of other enhancements.


A more aggressive front end stands out as one of the CX-5's more defining features, with a sharper radiator grille and adaptive LED head lights, which came on our test car.

19-inch shoes contribute to a more commanding road presence

Adding to the CX-5's sporty character is its unique Soul Red Crystal paintwork, while 19-inch aluminium wheels cap off the SUV's more commanding road presence.

It's not all about looks, though. A 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G engine in the Super Luxury variant, which we drove, will pull the 1,600kg Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) from 0-100km/h in a respectable 8.9 seconds, and on to a top speed of 196km/h. Not too shabby for a mid-size SUV.

The naturally aspirated engine, putting out 192bhp and 257Nm of torque, responds well to throttle inputs and feels eager to go at every tap of the foot.

The brakes, on the other hand, don't bite as well as we had hoped. It is smooth and predictable but the brake pedal on the CX-5 requires a slightly heavier foot to get the car to a complete stop.

192bhp and 257Nm of torque from the 2.5-litre engine will power the 1.6-tonne SUV without fuss

Ride comfort, on the other hand, is a pleasant welcome, thanks to a suspension setup that soaks up bumps in the road with aplomb.

In terms of fuel economy, the 2.5-litre Mazda is a sipper, with an average fuel consumption of 13.5km/L that we managed to get during our time with it.

Car Information



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Engine Type


4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC SkyActiv

Engine Cap





143kW (192 bhp) / 6000 rpm



258 Nm / 4000 rpm



6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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