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Mazda CX-5 2019: prices, specification and release date

GT Sport Nav+ trim joins newly updated Mazda CX-5 SUV lineup

Mazda has unveiled further updates for the CX-5, with changes that include a new GT Sport Nav+ model. Tweaked versions of the family SUV are on sale now, priced from £25,595.

The CX-5 complements the smaller Mazda CX-3 and is currently the Japanese brand's best-selling model in the UK. Updated in summer 2018 with more standard safety equipment and a wider range of engines, today's CX-5 offers a wider choice of models and specifications than ever before, along with claimed improvements in driver appeal thanks to suspension and control tweaks.

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In 2018, the range-topping 2.2-litre diesel engine was re-engineered to provide 182bhp, and is available as an alternative to the less expensive 148bhp version. The 182bhp engine is available only with four-wheel drive, and can be chosen with a manual or automatic gearbox in Sport Nav+ trim. It's claimed to manage 42.8 mpg as a manual, or 39.8mpg in automatic form, with CO2 emissions of 137 and 142g/km respectively. All Mazda diesels now use AdBlue to reduce harmful exhaust emissions.

Those who prefer a petrol engine can now choose the 163bhp 2.0-litre engine with a manual or automatic gearbox, but both are front-wheel drive only. Claimed fuel consumption is 38.2 and 36.7mpg respectively, with CO2 emissions of 145 to 150g/km.

With standard safety equipment boosted in 2018 to include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and lane keep assist on all models. Sport Nav+ buyers can add an optional £800 safety pack adding a 360-degree camera and adaptive LED headlights.

CX-5 model range and prices

The entry-level CX-5 SE-L Nav+ starts at £25,595. Every CX-5 also gets folding door mirrors, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration as standard. The £28,695 Sport Nav+ adds a rear-view camera, powered driver’s seat, keyless entry and a heated steering wheel and front seats. For the first time, a powered tailgate and head-up display with traffic sign recognition is also added to the roster.

2019 brings the introduction of a flagship GT Sport Nav+, which acts as an SUV alternative to the well-equipped Mazda6 GT Sport Nav+. Like its saloon equivalent, the range-topping CX-5 is distinguished by special alloy wheels but the interior changes are more comprehensive, with a real wood finish to the dashboard and door trims, plus satin chrome accents. Soft Nappa leather is standard, along with a black roof lining to create a low-key atmosphere.

Standard features that lift the GT above its Sport Nav+ stablemate include a seven-inch colour dashboard display and a more distinctive steering wheel design with a chrome centre bezel and "high-grade stitching". There's also front seat ventilation, heated outer rear seats and a sunroof. The optional safety pack mentioned above is also included within the GT Sport Nav+'s price, which runs from £31,095 with front-wheel drive and the 163bhp petrol engine, to £37,195 with the 182bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine, four-wheel drive and automatic gearbox.

Mazda will also continue to offer special Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic body colours, both of which use a three-layer technology for a deeper shine.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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