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Technical Data
Transmission Manual
MPG Combined 44.1
CO2 146 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 10.3 sec

It's no sports car, but the all-new, tech-packed CX-5 could be the most exciting Mazda for years. David Vivian checks it out in 2.2 150PS form.

Ten Second Review

The name might lead you to think that the CX-5 is nothing more than a perfunctory scaling-down of CX-7 SUV to fill the appropriate market slot. But it's far more than that. Part of Mazda's 'Skyactiv' programme, the CX-5 really is all new, from its engines to the way it's built. Most will want the 2.2 150PS diesel variant we look at here.

Background

The CX-5 is Mazda's third SUV, following on from the larger CX-7 and much larger CX-9 (not sold in Europe). It's also the most important and interesting. Important because it competes in the key compact SUV sector, tasked with taking on impressive newcomers like the Audi Q3 as well as established stars such as the Land Rover Freelander, Ford Kuga, Skoda Yeti and Volkswagen Tiguan. Interesting because a) it's the first production car to feature Mazda's new Kodo design language, showcased by theaMinagi (a concept base for the CX-5) and Shinariashow cars and b) it's the first production car to implement Mazda's new Skyactiv technology which seeks to save fuel and the planet by matching rigid, lightweight construction with new super-efficient powertrains. Mazda's claim at launch is that CX-5 is the most eco-friendly compact SUV you can buy.

Driving Experience

All-new Skyactive engines, then: a 2.0-litre petrol unit and the twin-turbo 2.2-litre diesel we look at here in 150PS form. Intriguingly, both share a 14:1 compression ratio, which is a very high value for the petrol motor, but said to improve economy, and lower-than-average for the oil-burner to reduce NOx. Thanks to the lower compression, the diesel'sablock can be made out of aluminium rather than iron, saving 25kg.aIt comes in two power outputs (175PS as well as 150PS) and both meet the super-stringent 2014 Euro-6 pollution regulations without the need for a Nitrogen Oxide trap. The chassis has some impressive moves, too, in some respects feeling more like it belongs to a well-sorted family hatch than a high-riding SUV, even if the steering is a little dead around the straight ahead. There's plenty of grip, a pleasing reluctance to run wide when negotiating tight bends and tautly controlled body movements. The suspension system is refreshingly straightforward - MacPherson struts up front, multilink at the rear and passive dampers - with none of the 'adaptive' electronics found on some rivals. The ride is on the firm side but, even rolling on 19-inch alloys, never uncomfortable. Refinement is very good indeed, wind- and road-noise only becoming notably intrusive at higher speeds, and the engine's contribution is well suppressed, too, especially on the motorway.

Design and Build

It's a good-looking little SUV, the CX-5. Very much in the current Mazda idiom, it's a tautly contoured, cohesive design with a minimum of brightwork. It's exceptionally well packaged, too. Although significantly smaller than the CX-7 on the outside, there's actually more leg room in the rear and the materials used in the cabin are of higher quality. Not only is the rear seat roomy enough to carry two full-sized adults or three children without complaint, but the backrests have a useful 40/20/40-split arrangement to accommodate long or bulky items. All three portions can be released from the 480-litre boot, which also offers some underfloor stowage space. Up front, the driving position offers a fine, elevated view down the road while still feeling comfortably car-like. And front seat occupants will appreciate the upgraded infotainment equipment which comprises a 5.8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and the usual USB and auxiliary connections.

Market and Model

With two model lines and three engines to choose from, expect to pay between £21,000 and £29,000 for your Mazda CX-5. There are two trim options for each engine, starting with the 2.0-litre petrol unit which comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The diesel models are offered in both two- and four-wheel drive - the front-driver using the 150PS motor while 4x4 customers can stick with that or go for the 175PS powerplant and gain the option of a six-speed auto transmission. The base trim level includes 17-inch alloys, front foglights, dual-zone climate control,aparking sensors, privacy glassaand Smart City Brake Support, which is Mazda's emergency braking function. Sport trim adds 19-inch alloys, active xenon headlights, leather trim with heated front seats, an electrically operated driver's chair and a reversing camera.a

Cost of Usership

As you might hope, given the build up, the Mazda CX-5's economy and emissions stats are pretty spectacular. Best in range is the front-drive 150PS 2.2-litre diesel we tried which, when teamed with a six-speed manual gearbox, returns 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 119g/km of CO2, which puts the car in the £30 per year road tax band C. The 175PS diesel model with the auto 'box fitted is rather impressive, too, emitting 144g/km of CO2 while travelling over 51 miles on each gallon of DERV. To put that in some kind of perspective, a 138bhp VW Tiguan with the DSG 'box emits 158g/km and does 47.1mpg.

Summary

It's hard to see how the CX-5 can avoid being anything other than a big hit for Mazda, especially in 150PS 2.2-litre diesel form. An altogether more advanced prospect than the CX-7 (which will continue as a run-out model), it delivers understated style, excellent packaging, class-leading economy and emissions and very competitive equipment and pricing. If isn't quite the best drive in a highly competitive sector, it has everything it needs to be the best all-rounder.

CO2 (g/km)
146
HC+NOx
Not Available
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1998
Compression Ratio
13.0:1
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
83.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
91.2
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
DIRECT INJECTION
Gears
6 SPEED
Number of Valves
16
Transmission
MANUAL
EC Combined (mpg)
44.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
50.4
EC Urban (mpg)
36.7
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Badge Power
165
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
Not Available
Coin Series
SE-L Nav+
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
15E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
80
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
78
NCAP Safety Assist %
59
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Service Interval Mileage
12500
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
10.3
Engine Power - BHP
165
Engine Power - KW
121
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
157
Engine Torque - MKG
21.7
Engine Torque - NM
213
Engine Torque - RPM
4000
Top Speed
125
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
Tyre Size Front
225/65 R17
Tyre Size Rear
225/65 R17
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style
Not Available
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Height
1675
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4550
Wheelbase
2700
Width
1840
Width (including mirrors)
Not Available
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
56
Gross Vehicle Weight
2020
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1620
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
506
Max. Loading Weight
500
Max. Roof Load
50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Minimum Kerbweight
1520
No. of Seats
5
Are the cars brand new? Yes.
Where do I pick up my new car? You don’t – we’ll deliver it to you, free of charge.
Will it have a warranty? Yes – a full manufacturer’s warranty.
Will I need to have a credit check? Yes.
Will I be charged for mileage? Only if you exceed your agreed mileage allowance.
Will I be charged for damage? Only if the damage exceeds “fair wear and tear”.

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Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol
Seats 5 5 5
Doors 5 5 5
CO2 146 g/km 125 g/km 120 g/km
MPG 44.1 52.3 54.3
BHP 165 130 131
0 to 62 10.3 sec 11.4 sec 10.5 sec

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