2015 Mazda CX-5 Review and First Drive

by under Review on 22 Jan 2015 09:42:05 PM22 Jan 2015
Mazda CX-5
FROM $27,190
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lack of rear air vents in family SUV, diesel engine had annoying hum

The updated 2015 Mazda CX-5 was first seen at the LA Motor Show in November 2014, fast forward a few weeks and Mazda dealers across Australia are set to welcome the updated model in to their showrooms from February 1st.

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Having sold nearly 60,000 cars since it first went on sale three years ago the CX-5 has been a major success story for the Japanese manufacturer in Australia. The updated interior and new exterior styling on the latest CX-5 will help Mazda continue their sales success.

Mazda CX-5 Overview

The Mazda MX-5 has been the best selling medium SUV for the last couple of years.  Which meant Mazda set out improve the overall package by changing the exterior design, improving the interior quality & comfort and finally improving the safety features that are offered across the range. There has been no engine or running gear changes to the 2015 CX-5.

"The CX-5 was the number one SUV in Australia for the last two years," said managing director of Mazda Australia Martin Benders.


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2015 Mazda CX-5 pricing, plus on-road costs (change to outgoing model in brackets):

2.0-litre petrol FWD:

Maxx six-speed manual – $27,190 (-$690)

Maxx Safety six-speed manual – $28,420 (No Change)

Maxx six-speed auto - $29,190 (-$690)

Maxx Safety six-speed auto – $30,420 (No Change)

Maxx Sport six-speed auto – $32,790 (-$830)

Maxx Sport Safety – six-speed auto – $34,020 (No Change)

2.5-litre petrol AWD:

Maxx six-speed auto – $32,190 (-$690)

Maxx Safety six-speed auto – $33,420 (No Change)

Maxx Sport six-speed auto – $35,790 (-$830)

Maxx Sport Safety six-speed auto – $37,020 (No Change)

GT six-speed auto – $43,390 (-$790)

GT Safety six-speed auto -$44,450 (No Change)

Akera six-speed auto – $47,410 (-$840)

2.2-litre turbo diesel AWD:

Maxx Sport six-speed auto – $38,990 (-$480)

Maxx Sport Safety six-speed auto – $40,220 (No Change)

GT six-speed auto – $46,590 (-$440)

GT Safety six-speed auto – $47,650 (No Change)

Akera six-speed auto – $50,610 (+$1190)


Mazda CX-5 Engine

The Mazda CX-5 was the first in the fleet to bring receive the all of the Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology in one car. Considering that the engines and transmissions are only a few years old Mazda decide not to change them.

First up is the Mazda CX-5’s 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D four-cylinder common-rail turbo-diesel that delivers 129kW of power at 4500rpm and peak torque of 420Nm from 2000rpm. The Mazda CX-5 diesel sips 5.7l/100kms for fuel consumption and produces 149g/km of C02 emissions.

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The popular 2.0-litre/2.5litre SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine produces 114kW at 6000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 4000 in FWD (113kW/198Nm in AWD). Mazda CX-5’s petrol engine returns fuel consumption at a claimed 6.4l/100kms (FWD) and C02 emissions of 160g/km (FWD).


Mazda CX-5 Interior

The interior of the CX-5 feels as if it has matured.  Mazda has replaced the hand park brake with an electric parking brake, this may sound like a small change but it help shift the level of sophistication up a notch.  With hand brake gone Mazda was able to fit the MZD control unit in to the center console.

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Other changes inside the Mazda CX-5 include more storage areas with larger door pockets and floor console box.

Mazda has also added a new white leather interior in addition to black leather and two black cloth options.  Mazda claim that the white leather option is hard wearing and will cope with wear and tear from the kids in the back

Mazda CX-5 Exterior Styling

As with most mid-life updates the changes to the exterior are kept to a minimum, however these subtle changes have made a big impact on the CX-5.

Gone is the mesh grille, which has been replaced by a five fin horizontal grille that is painted in a metallic grey to give the impression of luxury. The new grille flows in to the new LED eye-like headlights which sit above the LED fog lamps.

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The rear lights have also been updated and now use LEDs and the designers have pushed the lights further to the outside of the rear panels. Those with an eagle eye will also notice the new red “D” logo on the diesel models.

Customs have a choice of either 17” or 19” wheels, the 19” wheels have been redesigned and also use the same metallic grey paint that is found on the grille.

Mazda has added two new colours to the 2015 line-up Sonic Silver and Titanium Flash Mica the other 6 colours are carried over from the 2014 range.

Mazda CX-5 On the Road

On the media preview CarShowroom.com.au got to spend time behind the wheel of the top selling petrol Maxx Sport and diesel powered GT. Our GT was Soul Red (an additional $200) with the white leather interior add the 19” alloy wheels and our ride looked the real deal – put would it perform like it.

We can gladly report that the performance matched the look and the CX-5 GT was a pleasure to drive on the 250kms route from Melbourne Airport to the Yarra Valley via Eildon.

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The CX-5 Mazda CX-5 uses strut front suspension and a multi-link rear which hasn’t changed our ever Mazda has revised the front and rear damper set-up in an effort to offer a more superior ride comfort at lower speeds.

Mazda has also noticeable improved cabin quietness by increasing insulation on the floor and between the engine and cabin.  They also increased the thickness of the glass in the doors to help block out the road noise.

 Mazda CX-5 Issues

All in all the updated 2015 Mazda CX-5 is a more appealing and stylish SUV than the one it replaces.  We would like to see rear air vents in a family SUV and the diesel has a slight hum but with a car full of kids and the radio on you would be unlikely to hear it.

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The sport button in the petrol powered models acts more like a over drive button from the 1980’s  than an actual sports mode – but we will let you decide on that one.

Mazda CX-5 Competitors

If you are in the market for a medium sized SUV then you’re spoilt for choice. All of the top players have a model in this segment and they easily compete spec level for spec level.

Make sure you add the Toyota RAV4 (from $ 28,690), Honda CR-V (from $ 27,490), Nissan QASQAI (from $ 25,850) Hyundai (from $26,990), Kia (from $25,990), Mitsubishi (from $ 27,740) and the Renault Koleos (from $27,990) to your test drive list.

Mazda CX-5 Verdict

Mazda has proved once again it knows how to package together an offering that will appeal to Australian buyers.  We have very little doubt that the 2015 Mazda CX-5 will be a run away success for the Japanese Brand.

The new interior is a standout!  CarShowroom.com.au feels it delivers a quality that can lay claim to best in class.

The new aggressive take on the Kodo design language has taken an already stylish looking car and launched it to another level – in fact so good is the new styling it has made the previous model look dated.

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