2014 Mazda CX-5 | new car review
Exterior styling is strong enough to make the Japanese compact SUV stand out in a crowded segment of the market.
Isn't as well equipped as its rivals, yet still flaunts a higher starting price.
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 inherits its fluent, flowing lines and bold curves from Mazda’s signature KODO ‘Soul of Motion’ design philosophy. While a standard Mazda fascia with a five-point grille and oval headlamps embellish the front of the vehicle, squinting tail lamps and a rear spoiler add a little flare to the rear. Coupled with its exclusivity, the Japanese compact SUV is sure to turn a lot more heads than its French and American counterparts, as it cruises along the highway.
With a beam of piano black trim running along the centre of the dashboard, and brushed silver trim garnishing the door panels, the cabin gives off an unmistakable Mazda vibe. While the driver and front seat passenger are granted kicks from the infotainment screen that sits neatly atop the dashboard, rear seat passengers are gifted an airy cabin with leg and headroom to spare. In terms of practicality, 965 litres of cargo space can be found behind the second row of seats, however, if a trip to Ikea is underway, stowing away the second row of seats unveils a mighty, furniture gobbling capacity of 1,840 litres!
The SKYACTIVE-Body and SKYACTIVE-Chassis were developed at the same time, to work in absolute harmony and achieve two seemingly contradictory goals at once: To be nimble at low speeds, yet stable at high speeds. Engineered intelligently, the boffins at Mazda have tried their best to make the compact SUV, light, direct and agile, all at the same time.
Churning out 155 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque, the 2.0 litre engine comes mated to a six speed automatic transmission and touches the 100 km/h mark in a not-so-impressive 9.3 seconds. On the other hand, the larger 2.5 litre engine pumps out a more respectable 185 horsepower and provides more excitement by completing a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in just 7.5 seconds when matched to an All-Wheel-Drive layout.
While the Ford Escape commands a starting price of AED 83,000, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 comes in for a slightly higher AED 90,000. For all those whose jaw just fell to the floor, you’ll can find peace in knowing that while the top of the line Ford Escape sucks AED 130,000 out of your bank account, the prettier Mazda tops out at just AED 115,000.