New Mazda CX-5: prices, specs and on-sale date
The new Mazda CX-5 looks largely like its predecessor, but promises more tech and space
Full pricing and specifications for the 2017 Mazda CX-5 have been revealed, and the range starts at £23,695. All cars come with sat nav, LED headlights, tinted rear windows and dual-zone climate control, while the cheapest diesel CX-5 comes in at £25,695.
Mazda’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai, SEAT Ateca, Ford Kuga and the recent Peugeot 3008 SUV has a long-held reputation for being the go-to choice for keen drivers after this class of SUV. Underneath, the new CX-5 is a modified version of the outgoing car, so it should hold on to that status, although it’s now larger inside thanks to being slightly longer and wider.
The new CX-5’s windscreen pillars are positioned 35mm further back and this, combined with narrower headlights and a new radiator grille, lend it a sleeker look. Mazda has also created a new Soul Red Crystal paint to accentuate the CX-5’s more detailed bodywork surfacing.
The CX-5’s interior has received a welcome dashboard redesign, with modern, angular air vents and a new steering wheel. The instrument cluster is available with a new 4.6-inch TFT display, while a head-up display will project information, such as sat-nav directions and speed limits, on the windscreen. This, combined with the relocation of the seven-inch infotainment screen to the top of the dashboard, should make it easier for CX-5 drivers to keep their eyes on the road ahead.
New Mazda CX-5 engines
The new CX-5 is available with three engine options. The cheapest is a 163bhp 2.0-litre petrol, while those covering higher annual mileages are likely to prefer one of the 2.2-litre diesel engines, which produce either 148 or 173bhp. Those after the extra grip and reassurance of four-wheel drive need to pick one of the diesel engines: 4x4 is optional with the 148bhp diesel, standard with the 173bhp and not available with the 2.0-litre petrol engine. The same goes for the optional automatic gearbox, which is only available if you choose a diesel CX-5.
Mazda has wisely kept the CX-5’s model line-up simple. There are only two trim levels, and both are well equipped. SE-L Nav includes sat nav, a DAB radio, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, LED foglights, all-round parking sensors, reclining rear seats, dual-zone climate control and powerfold wing mirrors.
Sport Nav trim costs an extra £3,000 but additionally brings 18-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display, an electronic tailgate, leather, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and a 10-speaker Bose stereo.
Adding metallic paint costs £560 and active cruise control is £800, while Mazda’s Safety Pack bundles adaptive LED lights, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance and rear cross-traffic alert together for a further £800.
Price and on-sale date
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 goes on sale on 30 June, priced from £23,695.The cheapest diesel is £25,695, while the four-wheel drive 173bhp model is £31,395 and the optional automatic gearbox is an extra £1,500.
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