Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Mazda CX-5: A car that’s easy on the pocket

Everyone wants to drive a nice car but in these straightened times that’s not enough – most of use are eagerly seeking more cost effective ways of getting round.

Accordingly, we not only want our cars to look good and be nice to drive, we also require them to provide affordable motoring

Powered by breakthrough Skyactiv technology, Mazda’s all-new CX -5 promises savings for both private owners and fleet operators, when compared to rival models.

On-the-road prices for the 18 available versions o/f this compact crossover SUV contender run from £21,395 for the two-litre SE-L petrol version up to £28.795 for the flagship 2.2-litre Sport diesel, which features al-wheel drive.

With record high pump prices and another 3p in fuel duty on its way, fuel economy of up to 61 mpg and very low emissions give a range of tax and operating cost savings for all owners while company car drivers get benefits-in-kind tax savings alongside Class 1A national insurance savings.

Mazda flew us to the mountain wilderness and open roads of the Scottish Highlands for the launch and the C X-5 proved a competent performer, even when pressing on along twisting, switchback and sometimes bumpy roads along the glorious West Coast.

A sprint up the fabled ‘Pass of the Cattle’, with its many bends and vertiginous gradient, couldn’t phase the first-rate handling and road holding

The car also proved in it’s element when I drove one on the mean streets of South London. It’s a commendably nimble, has a usefully tight turning circle and a near-perfect driving position.

Specification levels are high. CX-5 SE-L models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, privacy glass plus front and rear parking sensors.

A major cause of minor but very annoying accidents is the momentary loss of attention to the road ahead that occurs when, watching for cars coming round a roundabout or through a junction, the hapless victim runs into the rear of the preceding driver who has unexpectedly changed his or her mind about pulling away.

It’s no problem for a CX -5 which will automatically apply the brakes if the vehicle gets too close to the one ahead.

Moving up the range sport grade models feature 19-inch alloy wheels, Bi- Xenon headlights with an active front lighting system, full leather trim, heated front seats, a powered driver’s seat and a reversing camera.

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