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The new Mazda CX-5 arrives at a crowded time for Japanese SUVs, but it has plenty khổng lồ help it stand out…

SINGAPORE —In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a small war going on, & the new Mazdomain authority CX-5 is the first snnphutho.vnbatant. The battleground is the market for mid-size Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) from nhật bản, which has just been joined by the officially-imported Toyota Harrier (the one that counts, basically) và, soon, an all-new Honda CR-V.

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It looks like Mazdomain authority has snnphutho.vne out guns blazing, though. Here’s all you need lớn know about the new CX-5.

Sleek looking thing, ain’t it!It sure is. This is a car with swagger. The sllặng lamps give it a purposeful squint, và that grille looks terrific in the flesh. You’d swear it was stolen from a Jaguar.


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The high-contrast finish of the Soul Red Crystal Metallic paintwork on our kiểm tra car does a lot khổng lồ highlight the curves và cat-lượt thích stance, too. Don’t forget, though, that the first CX-5 ushered in Mazda’s current era of “Kodo” design language. This one was always going khổng lồ look good.

At the same time it looks… strangely familiar somehow?That could be down to lớn kiến thiết continuity, family coherence và so on… Mazda’s styling from here, insiders have sầu told us, is lớn stay true khổng lồ Kovị but polish their approach. “Beauty by subtraction” is the slogan for that, & it suggests that future Mazdas will be as pared down & sculptural as the new CX-5.

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Mind you, some of the visual familiarity it might also be because the CX-5 is built on the same platsize as the previous model. Key dimensions stay largely unaltered, as a result. The wheelbase is still 2,700mm, for example. It’s marginally longer và lower, however, which helps with how sporty it looks, especially when you look at it from the side.

Wait, so is it a facelift or an all-new model?Well, Mazda says the latter, but it’s probably more accurate to lớn say it’s an extremely heavy facelift. That said, Minoru Takata, a program manager for the CX-5 in Mazda’s sản phẩm division, told us that more than 50 percent of the parts for the platsize have sầu been improved or changed. Fair enough. And we have khổng lồ say, it does feel lượt thích a new oto.

How so?Climb aboard và you’ll see a snnphutho.vnpletely redesigned cabin, with an impressively neat layout for buttons & switches, & materials posh enough khổng lồ make you wonder where Mazda found the money for them.

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You’ll notice a new freestanding touchscreen, too. It isn’t big by today’s standards (at just seven inches) but it’s bright and easy lớn use —except for the navigation system, which is still a pain when you try to lớn enter an address without knowing either the postal code or the town your target street is in.

Looks fairly swish up front. How’s the back?Cooler than before. We mean that literally, because there are new air-con vents baông chồng there. The rear seats are slightly adjustable now (you can make them more upright khổng lồ squeeze more space out of the boot) & there are two USB charging points in the centre armrest.

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It’s all meant lớn make riding in the oto more inclusive, instead of reserving joy for the driver. That’s been one of the themes behind the car’s redevelopment.

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Makes sense. It’s more family car than rugged off-roader anyway, right? Exactly. In fact, Takata told us that in his view the single biggest step forward between this CX-5 và the last one is… how much quieter it is inside. Mazda has a “conversation matrix” that it uses khổng lồ assess cabin noise, and things are so much more hushed in the new Model that you can have sầu a chat at the same volume as before, only 30km/h faster.

Ok, but is it a still a driver’s car?Actually, the CX-5 is a nice oto to punt through corners at a spirited pace — for an SUV, of course. What’s new in this iteration is that the suspension damping has been reworked, và there’s Mazda’s G Vectoring Control system — turn the wheel for a corner & the engine retards its spark by a fraction of a second, trimming power enough to lớn put more weight on the front tyres for extra grip, but not enough for you to lớn feel.

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Whatever the case, as you guide the Mazda from bend khổng lồ bover it feels secure, responsive sầu and pretty much pinpoint accurate. The plot doesn’t fall apart as you pichồng up the pace, either, và while it’s no hot hatch in terms of outright agility, it’s a pleasantly, surprisingly nimble car for something so big & tall.

Hmmm… But does it thump the fillings from your teeth over bumps?Not at all, surprisingly. The ride is on the firm side of things (the Super Luxury Mã Sản Phẩm we drove sầu rides on 19-inch wheels, after all) but it doesn’t send sudden jolts into the cabin, much less your spine.

Sounds like the suspension is sorted, anyway. But on paper it looks lượt thích there’s been no progress under the bonnet?In a way, no. The engines are carried over, along with the six-speed autos they’re paired with. That means a 2.0-litre four cylinder with 165 horsepower, or the one we drove, a 2.5-litre with 194hp.

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It’s actually a nice engine, delivering brisk acceleration & revving freely, & it makes a fairly sporty howl at the upper over of the rev counter. Both engines are mechanically unchanged but their management has been fiddle with khổng lồ improve the linearity of their power delivery, apparently.

Two engines, then? So which should I buy?Tough question, that, because there are actually four models on offer. Our choice is a 2.5-litre Luxury mostly for the performance of the engine, but apparently once people step up khổng lồ the bigger powerplant they go the whole hog & buy the most expensive version, which is the Super Luxury spec tested here.

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That snnphutho.vnes with such safety items as rear cross traffic alert, a lane departure warning system, lane-keep autonomous steering, và the rather glam-looking Trắng upholstery in our kiểm tra car — that last one is only for someone who has domestic help.

Most people will probably buy the 2.0 Premium, for niceties lượt thích the powered tailgate & electric front seats. Even the 2.0 Standard snnphutho.vnes with six airbags and satnav, though, so the basics are there, whichever version you choose.

But what about the snnphutho.vnpetition?It’s actually looking lượt thích it will be a straightforward thump-up. The Toyota Harrier drives like Lexus cars used khổng lồ, so it’s ultra-refined and easy to operate. The Hondomain authority CR-V will be interesting khổng lồ anyone who fancies a small turbo (we hear it’ll snnphutho.vne with a 1.5-litre) và three rows of seats.

If you care about styling, cabin unique and handling, it’s the CX-5 for you, really. The SUV battle may be starting khổng lồ heat up, but right now it’s looking fairly easy khổng lồ piông xã a side.

NEED TO KNOW Mazda CX-5 2.5 Super LuxuryEngine 2,488cc, 16V, inline 4Power nguồn 194hp at 6,000rpmTorque 257Nm at 3,250rpmGearbox 6-speed automaticTop speed 196km/h0-100km/h 8.9 secondsFuel efficiency 7.2L/100kmCO2 167g/kmPrice S$152,800 (with COE)Agent: Trans Eurokars Pte LtdAvailable Now

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