We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Mazda must surely be one of the most underappreciated car brands in Ireland.
Time and time again they dazzle us with their beautiful design and clever, family-friendly innovations and the second generation of their high spec, high tech CX-5 midsize crossover is no exception.
Built on the same basic platform as the model it replaces, this new iteration of the CX-5 represents a refinement rather than an overhaul. It remains beautiful to look at with real curb appeal, but it would take real autophile to differentiate it from its predecessor with only the longer, wider front end giving some clue.
If there was one small disappointment with the last model, it was with the interior design, which was somewhat plain and unexciting. No such quibbles here.
The updated cabin enjoys a quietly successful premium upgrade.
We had the luxury of reviewing the high spec Platinum Plus model Nappa leather seats, Japanese sen wood trim panels, LED mood lighting, heated rear seats, ventilated and heated front seats, and a new seven-inch digital instrument panel.
Even the entry level Executive grade comes complete with a full complement of high tech safety features, including cruise control systems, LED headlamp, and a Smart City Brake Support with functions that include pedestrian detection, extended camera coverage and top speed, which helps prevent collision.
The CX-5 also excels when it comes to cabin space and practicality.
Room to luxuriate
It comfortably accommodates two car seats and even a family of four with those gangly teenagers in tow will have room to luxuriate with plentiful head and legroom.
Three adults in the back would be pushing it – the middle rear seat has a headrest but is fairly narrow.
The boot is big enough to sling in a large double buggy and lots more besides, and as the floor is almost flush with the boot opening, you can actually load gear in without giving yourself an injury.
Some models also have the extra convenience of an electric tailgate lift.
In terms of engines, it will have a 2.2-litre turbo diesels (150PS or 175PS), and a 2-litre petrol (165PS), with 6 speed manual or auto transmissions.
As with most crossovers, the vast majoirty of us urban warriors will opt for the front-wheel-drive versions, but the i-ACTIV AWD system with auto box will appeal to those who want more SUV than crossover.
Luxurious, comfortable and practical, there is a lot to like in the new Mazda CX-5 – it should rightly be on the short list for any family looking for a midsize SUV with all the trimmings.
Mazda CX-5 from €29, 945
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