Test Drive: new Mazda CX-5!
Mazda CX 5 201 compact SUV exterior view 12
Mazda CX 5 201 compact SUV exterior view 01
Mazda CX 5 201 compact SUV exterior view 03
Mazda CX 5 2012 compact SUV interior view 13
CX-5 is the first of Mazda Japanese brand that comes with Kodo (soul movement) design language and comes from Minagi concept, introduced in March 2011 Geneva Auto Show. CX-5 is new in Mazda family and the car has the difficult task of competing in the market with cars like the Nissan Qashqai
and Volkswagen Tiguan
. The Japanese seem to be a hit with CX-5, in many ways, but there's some embarrassing glitches.
Much more common is the Mazda CX-7
, but Europeans trend to buy more and more compact SUVs has caused Mazda people to think about a "smaller" SUV.
So came the Duster, Mitsubishi ASX
and many others, that after Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen have shown the world how a compact SUV looks. No wonder RAV4, Qashqai and Tiguan are so appreciated and sold.
Mazda CX-5 is the newest compact SUV appeared on the market and it shows that in some ways. On the other hand, looks like a car made in haste, they were neglected some details almost insignificant, but deteriorate the quality of experience that can have a CX-5 driver.
The chapter in which the CX-5 scores very well is the design. It's an original car, expressive, and seems balanced, dynamic and powerful.
Inside can be given similar attributes. Sports steering wheel is small and light, clocks are with white-gray and they retain a touch of sportiness. It's hard to understand, however, why Mazda chose some red-light displays, typical for '90s, for graphics clock and air conditioning. It's a small tear in the coherent interior ambience, but not less to taken into account.
Technology, comfort and equipment
Given all this, you may therefore believe that the CX-5 is relatively simple in construction, but with futuristic design. CX-5 is actually very sophisticated and engineers who built it deserves sincere appreciation.
As soon as you step into the cockpit did you notice how generous is the space offered, especially for rear seat. Armrest is large and hosts AUX and USB inputs. The overall design is somewhat minimalist. Behind this apparent simple design, lie top technologies.
For example, the RVM system monitors traffic back and sides of the car, warning the drivers if they enter in a dangerous situation. The accidents are in the blind spots of the cars, so to prevent the driver, he is warned by some witnesses lights placed in mirrors and two beeps. Technology is praised by Euro NCAP. Of course, the system can be deactivated by a switch on the dashboard.
Lane Departure Warning technology warns the driver from inadvertently leaving the lane. In other words, if you do not signal when changing lane, the car will think you fell asleep and begins to "scream". And this system can be easily disabled from a switch in the same area as for RVM.
Even more interesting is Smart City Brake Support. At speeds between 4 and 30 km / h, Mazda CX-5 can brake automatically if it detects an imminent collision. The technology is based on sensors and a camera mounted on the windshield, behind the central mirror. It first appeared on the Volvo XC60
, then arrived at the Mercedes-Benz, Ford Focus
and even the little Volkswagen up!
The high-tech infotainment system is complemented by the 5.8 inch screen and Bose audio system with nine speakers, which sounds great. Multimedia system has complex features, good screen resolution and excellent graphics. Can you use either a finger or using the joystick next to the handbrake, which is similar to BMW's iDrive, but cheaper. Too bad that processor is very slow and alter a lot of good first impression that they leave on the original multimedia system.
On Mazda CX-5, we found some embarrassing glitches.
For example, side mirrors and the hood vibrating visible to highway speeds and textile mats front clips have some very bad grip. This makes you to discover another minus: carpet is out too easily and seems trapped in joke ...
On the road
On the other hand, CX-5 to remain firmly on the road, partly due to electric power steering very well calibrated. CX-5 is a very easy car to its size and category, with a dry weight of under a ton and a half. The immediate consequence of low weight are good dynamic performance.
Mazda CX-5 has a whole philosophy of lightweight construction, and the Japanese automaker boasts especially with bumpers made of a new resin, which reduces weight by 20%. Low weight makes the CX-5 to suffer less, namely the feeling that you have to push more powerful for braking. Overall, the CX-5 could give the impression that supports more potent engine, that allows you a more aggressive driving style.
The version of the test engine is gasoline aspirated 2 liter. It develops 160 horsepower and sends the car in 9.6 seconds to 100 kilometers per hour, this if you opt for a version with automatic transmission.
Speaking of the gearbox, this is a classic and has automatic six-speed plus reverse. It's a decent drive, but unimpressive. Becomes slightly indecisive if you want to drive aggressively and the lack of sports functions require you to use manual mode on mountain roads. CX-5 is not an SUV to wander the mountains, but do not give big emotions, however if you go on forest roads.
The car discourages you to put in the roughest land by the plunged nose. Nissan Qashqai
, for example, has a 4 × 4 mode LOCK, which locks distributed power wheels in a ratio of 50% front to 50% back up to speeds of 40 km / h. In the absence of similar technologies, Mazda CX-5 is similar to Volkswagen Tiguan
in terms of adapting to off-road. Distribution of power between the two axes is fully automatic.
The combination of a 2-liter petrol engine and automatic gearbox can make you think of the high consumption, but not quite. The CX-5 extra consumption is by 7.5 liters /100 km and in the city takes under 13 litres/100 km. That thanks to iStop (Start & Stop), which automatically stops the engine when not needed.
Options in the compact SUV segment have diversified enormously, so the CX-5 is add to Toyota RAV4
, Mitsubishi ASX
, Volkswagen Tiguan
, Skoda Yeti
, Ford Kuga
, Nissan Qashqai
, Suzuki Grand Vitara
, Renault Koleos
, Opel Antara Hyundai ix35
, Honda CR-V
, Kia Sportage
and more accessibility Duster.
Mazda CX-5 is as it should be a Japanese car: simple, easy, efficient, well done and with the latest technologies on board, but has those ridiculous "mistakes" which give the impression that was not worked enough of it.
Mazda CX-5 starts at 22,190 euros, plus VAT, and a version identical to the test is $ 10,000 more expensive
Detailed features of the model tested
Segment: SUV, number of seats:5
4 × 4
Length / width / height (in mm) 4555/1840/1670
Wheelbase (in millimeters)
Weight (in kg)
1455 (without driver 75 kg)
Tank capacities (in liters)
Volume boot / rear seat folded (in liters) 463 (503 including spaces under the floor) / 1620
Drag coefficient (Cx)
Engine and dynamic performance
Displacement (in cubic centimeters)
Maximum power (in horsepower / kilowatts) 160/118 at 6000 rpm
Torque (in Newton-meters) 208-4000 rpm
Number of cylinders and arrangement: 4 cylinders in line
The engine layout: front, transverse
Distribution 4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead cam
Direct injection supply
Compression ratio 14:1
Top speed (km / h)
Acceleration 0-100 km / h (second)
The producer said urban consumption is (in liters per 100 kilometers)
The producer said extra consumption is(in liters per 100 kilometers)
The producer said combined consumption is (in liters per 100 kilometers)
Eco standard and carbon dioxide emissions per kilometer, declared by the manufacturer (in grams) Euro 5, 155
Consumption test drive
9 litres/100 km
Test-drive distance: total 430 km
Front suspension: MacPherson independent, coil springs, stabilizer bar 21 mm
Rear suspension: independent multi-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar 19 mm
Steering: electric servoasisted
Front brakes: ventilated disc brakes (297 mm diameter)
Rear brakes: discs (303 mm diameter)
Tyre size (width, bead diameter)
Tire manufacturer and model
Standard and optional equipment of the model tested
Standard equipment (selection)
ABS with EBD and EBA
DSC (electronic stability control, called ESC, VSA, VSC) with TCS (electronic traction control)
assistance in starting up the ramp
i-stop system (Start & Stop)
6 airbags (two front, two side and two curtain airbags)
RVM (based monitoring system in the rear and radar blind spots, reduce the risk of injury to the back and side)
SCBS (automatic braking system in the city up to speeds of 30 km / h, in case of imminent danger of accident)
HBC (High Beam Control, Automatic beam / daytime running lights)
LDW (Lane Departure Warning, warning leaving the unintended lane)
Electric door mirrors, heated and folding electric
4 electric windows
car keyless access and keyless start
MID multifunction display (including trip computer, etc ...)
Premium Bose audio system with nine speakers and multimedia system with 5.8 inch TFT touch screen
rain and light sensor
parking sensors front / rear
12 V socket in the armrest and boot
tire pressure monitoring system
height-adjustable driver seat
adjustable steering wheel height and depth
Front seat center armrest
center armrest for rear passengers
alloy wheels 19-inch
Automatic Transmission 6-speed
Optional features (selection, price including VAT)
metallic paint (510 euros)
3 years or 100,000 kilometers
General protection of the occupants according to Euro NCAP
5 out of 5
Protection offered to occupants adults / children / pedestrians
94% / 87% / 64%
The assistance of safety systems
Price without VAT of the model tested
Price of model tested VAT included
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