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2021 Mazda CX-5 gets new petrol engine and Kuro special edition

Range-topping GT Sport trim available with new 191bhp petrol engine

  • Kuro limited to 750 cars
  • Diesel engines due to return in April
  • Upgraded infotainment system

The Mazda CX-5 range is getting a new special-edition model and a powerful new petrol engine for 2021. Limited-run Kuro models get lots more equipment than the SE-L trim on which they’re based and should be in dealerships shortly. The CX-5 is Mazda’s rival to the Ford Kuga, SEAT Ateca and Peugeot 3008, and starts from £27,230.

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Already available in the Mazda6, the CX-5 can now be ordered with a 191bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine if you go for the top-spec GT Sport version. Here, it’s paired with an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. Cylinder deactivation is standard but it’s still the thirstiest CX-5, with fuel economy unlikely to rise above 35mpg. It’s a little quicker than the 163bhp 2.0-litre petrol, with 0-62mph taking a brisk 9.2 seconds.

At the time of writing, it’s the only CX-5 with all-wheel drive because the long-lived 2.2-litre diesel has been removed from sale temporarily. Mazda is working on making the engine compliant with the latest RDE2 emissions regulations, and we’re told the diesels will be back on sale in April. All-wheel drive has previously been available on the more powerful of the two diesels.

The 2.0-litre petrol also gains cylinder deactivation on manual versions, and emits slightly less CO2 than before. Up to 42mpg is possible with a manual gearbox; auto versions are £1,600 more expensive and slightly less efficient, but half a second quicker from 0-62mph.

The infotainment system has also been refreshed for 2021. Now measuring 10.25 inches, the central screen is said to be faster and clearer than before, while there are more features available on the accompanying MyMazda smartphone app. From it, you can see if the car’s locked or not, pre-programme sat nav directions and book a service, among other things.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Kuro edition

Limited to 750 UK cars, Mazda’s latest special edition is the CX-5 Kuro. You can choose from Polymetal Grey Metallic or Mazda’s gorgeous Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint free of charge, and it sits on black 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there’s red stitching and leather and suede upholstery, plus heated front seats and electric adjustment for the driver’s seat.

The Kuro starts from £29,630, which is £2,400 more than the entry-level SE-L trim and £700 less than the Sport trim. It’s offered with the 163bhp petrol engine.

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