Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 03 Nov 2015

When it comes to impressive styling, sporting dynamics and good road holding, Mazda have always been impressive contenders. With the 2015 CX-5, it’s clear Mazda are looking to set the benchmark even higher.

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The latest generation Mazda CX-5 features Mazda’s hot KODO design language, which I recently explored in both the Mazda 2 & 3 and completely fell in-love with. With bold slashes, curves and sharp angles, the all new CX-5 looks far more sophisticated than its predecessors and even manages to achieve the style cred, usually reserved for it’s German rivals which cost twice as much!

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With styling in the bag, the all new CX-5 needs to also capture smooth, comfortable ride dynamics. Job well done I believe. Mazda’s SKYACTIVE technology further features with the new CX-5 and it’s clear that all elements have been covered. From great cornering dynamics, to a comfortable firm, yet cushioning ride, the CX-5 is very impressive both when on and off road.

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Stepping inside, your are bathed in a swirl of plush materials, and soft-touch surfaces, which further accentuate the premium feel that this vehicle oozes throughout. From its perforated leather seating, to it’s metallic surface dash panels, everything feels very well appointed. The CX-5 also features the same Mazda 7″ display interface as seen in my Mazda 2 & 3 reviews, which is either touch, or navigation wheel controlled. The entire system works flawlessly well and is very straight forward to use, from the beginning.

CX-5 - TB6Of course media is more than well catered for, with the choice of either:

– Optical Disc

– SD Memory Card

– USB Drive

– Satelite Radio via Aha ; Stitcher etc.

– Mobile Phone Drive

and of course Radio. To top all of this, the new Mazda range features Bluetooth support for syncing your mobile device, voice guided assist and the vehicle I was driving even featured lane departure assist warning.

Clever seating also allows for maximum space and comfort within the vehicle and the use of clever little levers within the boot, make dropping the rear seats and loading the CX-5 light work!

CX-5 - TB3To conclude my impressions of the 2015 Mazda CX-5, I am left feeling the same way, as with both Mazda’s 2 & 3, the new focused KODO styling, vast array of features and overall top notch build, really does separate Mazda’s cars from the pack and make them a very worthwhile proposition. I have been so impressed with all three models that I have driven recently, that I can easily recommend either of them to buyers within these segments.

 

Key specifications and price for the 2015 2.2 Diesel Mazda Cx-5 which I drove:

2.2 Diesel
5
Automatic
5.7l/100km
5

Price:  R385 900

Keep up the great work Mazda!

Watch my video review of the 2015 Mazda CX-5:

 

 

 

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