2015 Mazda CX-5 | new car review

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by
2015 Mazda CX-5
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AEDAED 88,000 - 120,000
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  • 2015 CX-5
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

In the world, the is shadowed by the hugely popular Hyundai Tucson, and although many of you may never have seen one on the streets, the CX-5 is one of the better looking segment contenders.

Pros

Exterior styling is strong enough to make the Japanese compact SUV stand out in a crowded segment of the market.

Cons

Isn't as well equipped as its rivals, yet still flaunts a higher starting price.

Looks

The 2015 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, squinted tail lamps and a 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.

2014 Mazda CX-5 front

Feels

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 guaranteed kicks from the infotainment screen that sits neatly atop the dashboard, rear seat passengers are gifted an abundance of space 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!

2014 Mazda CX-5 interior

Engineering

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.

2014 Mazda CX-5 side

On offer

Churning out 155 horsepower and 195 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.

2014 Mazda CX-5 front side

Verdict

While the Hyundai Tucson commands a starting price of AED 69,900, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 comes in for a significantly higher AED 88,000. For all those whose jaw just fell to the floor, you’ll will also be surprised to know that while top-of-the-line Hyundai Tucson sucks AED 97,900 out of your bank account, the prettier Mazda tops out at AED 120,000!

2014 Mazda CX-5 rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Mazda CX-5 2.0L2015 Mazda CX-5 2.5L
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre / 4cyl2.5 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
155 hp @195 hp @
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
195 Nm @250 Nm @
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel Drive / All Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h9.3 secs7.5 secs
Top speed185 km/h200 km/h
PriceAED 88,000 - 98,000AED 120,000

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