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  • Spring may finally be just around the corner, but with the recent spell of almost Biblical

  • weather, many people are considering investing in something with a bit more ground clearance

  • and a double-helping of traction. While Mazda is relatively new to the SUV world with the

  • CX-5, they've taken the opportunity to showcase their various SkyActiv technologies as well

  • as their Kodo design language. The latter is most obvious in the shape of the front

  • grille, the wing motif that crosses into the headlights, the flared wheel-arches and sculpted

  • flanks, and the high shoulder line that flows into the rear lights. Inside, there's steering

  • wheel adjustment for both reach and rake, while the sportily bolstered front seats offer

  • a good range of travel, especially for height. The dashboard has a simple layout, with the

  • ventilation controls deserving a special mention for their satisfying action. The hooded dials

  • are nice and clear, with a screen on the right that can display a variety of trip information.

  • The rest of the car's functions are governed by Mazda's Multimedia Controller, a twisty-turny

  • iDrive-style wheel that provides access to a series of menus displayed on the colour

  • touch-screen in the centre console, and this allows you to flick through radio stations

  • and your MP3s, change various vehicle settings, or program the TomTom navigation system. If

  • the controller isn't for you, you can at least resort to poking at the menus on the screen

  • with your finger, or use the not-always-successful voice control system. Cabin storage is OK,

  • although you do only get one cup-holder because of the multimedia controller, but there's

  • space for coins, drinks and phones under the central armrest, complete with a charging

  • point and a USB input. Rear seat passengers should be happy enough, and there's good headroom

  • despite the sloping roof-line. Middle seat passengers might feel a little short-changed,

  • but the reason for that becomes apparent when you fold the seats forward. The CX-5 is unusual

  • in having a 40:20:40 split rear seat, and that allows you to carry long loads and two

  • rear-seat passengers at the same time. In fact, this sense of flexibility continues

  • into the boot, with Mazda's excellent load cover that attaches to the tailgate so it

  • never gets in your way, and there's a dedicated space to stow it under the floor when not

  • in use. The underfloor storage is easy to get into, too, with a split-folding floor

  • and even a clever little hook to hold it up out of the way when fiddling with the tools.

  • The rear seats can be folded independently and easily using levers mounted in the boot

  • walls, and with all seats folded space increases from 503 litres to 1,620. The CX-5 is available

  • with three engines: a 2.0-litre petrol with 165PS, plus a pair of 2.2-litre twin-turbo

  • diesels with either 150PS or, as in our test car, 175PS. The 150 diesel is likely to be

  • the pick of the bunch, chiefly because of its impressive economy of 61.4 mpg and CO2

  • emissions of just 119 g/km. For sheer grunt, however, it's difficult to argue with the

  • 175 diesel, its 420Nm of torque squirting the CX-5 from 0-62mph in just 8.8 seconds.

  • It's quite efficient, too, and although we couldn't reach the government figure of 54.3

  • mpg, we average around the 41 mpg mark during our time with it. All three engines are mated

  • as standard to a six-speed manual transmission that boasts a stubby gear lever and a beautifully

  • short throw that wouldn't be out of place on an MX-5. Coupled with the diesel's sheer

  • grunt, it makes snicking your way through the ratios a real joy. Luckily, the handling

  • doesn't let the side down, and the Mazda's suspension has been retuned for 2014 for greater

  • comfort. It corners surprisingly flatly, too, and while you could say that body-roll builds

  • when pressing on through the twisties, the point is that you can press on. The suspension

  • soaks up bumps well without transmitting much thump into the cabin, although the 19-inch

  • wheels of our Sport model do generate noticeable tyre noise and can fidget a little in town.

  • Out on the open road, you'll appreciate the diesel engine's refinement, staying remarkably

  • smooth even at the red-line, which is particularly unusual for a diesel. Overtaking slower-moving

  • traffic is drama-free thanks to the engine's vast torque reserves and of course that fine

  • gear-shift. Away from the tarmac, the CX-5's 210mm of ground clearance and entirely automatic

  • four-wheel-drive system - standard on the 175 diesel and optional on the 150 - should

  • allow you to navigate muddy tracks without too much difficulty. There are no buttons

  • or levers to worry about, instead the system can send up to 50% of the engine's torque

  • to the rear wheels whenever loss of traction is detected, and while we didn't attempt to

  • go rock-crawling in it, the CX-5 handled most things we could reasonably ask of it. In fact,

  • our only gripe with the CX-5 is the lack of an entry-level model to compete with the new

  • Nissan Qashqai, the CX-5's starting price of £21,595 being some £4,000 more than the

  • Nissan. That said, however, it's possible Mazda have the answer waiting in the wings

  • in the form of the recently-announced 1.5-litre diesel engine. Time will tell. So, while Mazda

  • may have been fashionably late to the SUV party, as it turns out, the CX-5 was well

  • worth the wait.

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2014年 マツダ CX-5 レビュー (2014 Mazda CX-5 Review)

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    Michael Chen に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日