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Mazda’s New Compact SUV – The CX-5

Mazda’s new CX-5 may be a late addition to the compact SUV market but it is both attractive and athletic. The CX-5  is also the first Mazda to get the full SkyActiv treatment,  a new engineering philosophy to ensure that all the basic elements of the car, from engine and transmission to body and chassis, work together to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without compromising driving performance. On paper this certainly seems to be effective and has improved fuel economy by 30 per cent to 4.6L/100kms (61.4mpg) and cuts emissions by up to a quarter. With emissions of only 119g/100kms from the 2.2 litre diesel engine this means it is in Motor Tax Band A (€160)

The new CX-5 will be offered with a choice of two engines with three power outputs: 2.0-litre 121kW (163bhp)  petrol and 2.2-litre 110kW (138bhp) or  129kW(173bhp) diesel.  All engines feature i-Stop, Mazda’s stop-start technology.  The petrol engine will join the ranks next year. There is also a choice between manual and automatic transmissions, 2-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) and three equipment levels – Executive, Sport & Sport SE.

We had a good opportunity to sample the 2.2-litre 121kW with the six-speed manual transmission. This is likely to be the volume seller in Ireland and is slick and smooth. On the road the CX-5 lives up to Mazda’s reputation for sporty driving. The CX-5’s agile handling and responsive steering made light work of the twisty back roads and gives a ride that is pliable on the 17-inch wheels.

Inside the elevated driving position offers a good view of the road and it is comfortable and car like.  The interior is roomy and there is a nice blend of black and charcoal surfaces throughout.

The Sport model, priced from €29,495, features 17”Alloy Wheels, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Bluetooth, Parking Sensors with rear camera and a 5.8”touch screen with Tom-Tom Sat Nav. Safety is paramount. The all-new CX-5 is the first non-premium SUV in its class to offer Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) that helps prevent low speed frontal collisions, as standard.

The compact SUV market is becomingly increasingly competitive and late as Mazda are to launch the CX-5, its arrival  just made the choice a whole lot harder

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