New Mazda CX-5 automatic 2018 review
9 Nov, 2018 3:30pm
The Mazda CX-5 hasn’t really been facelifted. It looks almost exactly the same as the car launched last year, instead receiving changes to the individual trim levels, an updated diesel engine with a bit more power, and a new automatic petrol option.
That’s why Mazda has expanded its petrol offering with this automatic option. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine hasn’t been altered, and drive is still sent to the front wheels exclusively, but a new six-speed automatic gearbox is now also fitted.
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In truth, we’ve always been quietly impressed with the petrol-powered CX-5. The 2.0-litre engine does without turbocharging, but it doesn’t feel immeasurably weaker for it. There’s 213Nm of torque, and the CX-5 certainly makes the most of it. The gearbox seems to work nicely with the power delivery, too.
This is a very smooth SUV to drive, the transmission is rarely wrongfooted and the engine is very quiet at a cruise, only becoming vocal if you floor the throttle. Opting for the automatic gearbox doesn’t result in a harsh fuel economy penalty, either, with that 42.8mpg figure obtained under new WLTP testing procedures.
Elsewhere, it’s as you were. That means a fine balance between a composed ride and composed cornering, and extremely well sorted steering. Few, if any, cars in this segment and price range are better to drive.
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The interior is impressive, too, using superb materials and being neatly laid out. However, while space for five is generous, the Mazda still lacks a seven-seat option.
This automatic petrol CX-5 certainly adds something extra to the line-up, and it’s a nice car, no question. There’s a £1,500 premium to add the automatic gearbox, which isn’t a huge cost to cover. But it still won’t be to all tastes, on top of which diesel grunt and fuel economy are likely to remain in demand. Diesel CX-5s are the only models available with all-wheel drive, too.
- Model: Mazda CX-5 2.0 165 Sport Nav + Auto
- Price: £29,795
- Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl petrol
- Power/torque: 163bhp/213Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive
- 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds
- Top speed: 119mph
- Economy/CO2: 42.8mpg/150g/km
- On sale: Now