Mazda CX-5 hands-on test: New version of the Nippon Tiguan: What can the Mazda CX-5 do?
Mazda upgraded its CX-5. Visually, a car is really a thing, but have the internal values changed enough? Daily test.
Mazda is a specialty car manufacturer – in terms of driving and company philosophy as well as design. Although the Japanese are now making electric cars, they are also developing a very classic rear-wheel drive platform for a six-cylinder petrol engine. When it comes to styling, the Japanese are quite special: while Toyota or Kia make their cars increasingly angular and flat, Mazda designers prefer to create organic, rounded shapes from the stylus.
body and interior
With a length of 4.6 meters, the Mazda is a typical compact SUV that stands out from the crowd mainly because of its appearance. The front grille facelift brought a more distinctive look with a slightly sinister look to the headlights, and the rich dark red paint in “Soul Red Crystal” was decorated with gloss black accents in the grille, front spoiler and rims. All this is on board the special model “Homura”, which is a Japanese word for “fire” or “flame”. And indeed, as a friend of good design, you can comment on the Mazda chassis.
Inside, the enthusiasm wanes a bit because the space in the back could be more generous. Here the living space in front of the knees is just satisfactory. The best is the trunk (from 494 to 1620 liters of storage space with the rear seats folded), which is only the average class, but has a wide hatch and plenty of space under the floor of the luggage compartment. The shelves are a little cramped. There is at least a charging base for wireless cell phone charging.
Operation and media entertainment
The display on the dashboard reminds us of BMW style, and the solution isn’t really pretty – but the display is easy to read. However, the screen is very small compared to the huge screens popular today. Operation using the rotary button on the center console is now the exception rather than the rule, but it can be bypassed using voice control.
Compared to the current navigation system, Mazda’s system is still clear and easy to use, but it also lacks functionality and animation – it shows how quickly technology is developing in this area. Even better: the head-up display, which is standard depending on the equipment – a “real” system with a reflection in the windshield instead of a small extra part behind the steering wheel – you don’t want to do without it anymore.
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Chassis, drive and consumption
Another advantage of Mazda: the Japanese are tightly tuned, but not too hard, with accurate steering. The 2.5-liter petrol engine feels a little scrawny at first, despite its 143 kW/194 hp. Mazda’s proprietary method without a turbocharger remains an exception. Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the engine only drives SUVs at the right gears; Enough for 9 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h.
Special Track Feature: Due to the large offset, you can let the car slide well when you’re not in a hurry, and cylinder deactivation helps save fuel. Practically, we used 7.4 liters per 100 km with Mazda (factory specification: 7.1 liters). What’s less useful is the fact that Mazda’s proper all-wheel drive system isn’t standard onboard even on top-engine.
Costs and equipment
As a special model with “Homura” equipment, the Mazda CX-5 costs 41,890 euros (the base model with a 165-horsepower gasoline engine: 28,290 euros). You don’t really need any extras, except for the leather interior with contrasting red stitching, which, however, costs a little more at 1,000 euros. Navigation, head-up display, matrix LED headlights, adaptive cruise control or a 360-degree camera system are all part of the Homura standard.
The CX-5 can’t hide the fact that it’s a car that was launched in 2017 and has only been revamped a few times since then. Visually, however, it still stands out from the crowd, particularly due to its striking front design. It offers all the qualities of a solid family SUV, with a clean finish. The gasoline engine is not a bunch of tempers, but it can be driven in moderation. For frequent drivers, a diesel engine with a power of 150 or 184 hp is recommended. By the way, if you prefer a plug-in hybrid, you can also get it from Mazda – not in the CX-5, but in the new CX-60.
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|He writes||Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV-G 194|
|engine||Four-cylinder petrol engine with cylinder deactivation|
|cubic capacity (cm3)||2488|
|Power in horsepower (KW) at rpm-1||194 (143) in 6000|
|Maximum torque (Nm) at rpm-1||258 Nm at 4000 rpm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec)||9|
|to cut||Front wheel drive (four-wheel drive optional)|
|EU mix III consumption (l / 100 km)||7.1|
|FOCUS online test consumption (l / 100 km)||7.4|
|ko2– emission (g/km)||
|Max load (kg)||561|
|Price (in Euro)||
|emission standard||6 euros in ISC-FCM|