Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 Gets an Upgrade and Turbo Grunt


Mazda rolls out improvements across the Mazda CX-5 range along with the new turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine

The ever-popular Mazda CX-5 now packs a bigger punch, with Mazda introducing the turbocharged CX-5 SKYACTIV-G 2.5T.

The CX-5 SKYACTIV-G 2.5T borrows the 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder from its big brothers the CX-9 and Mazda6, the CX-5’s powerplant produces a decent 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque and runs on the cheaper 91 RON unleaded.

The 2.5 turbo is the four engine in the CX-5 range, joining the 2.0 litre petrol, the 2.5 litre petrol and the 2.2 litre turbo diesel.

Handling and refinement have been improved too, with Mazda adding a torque vectoring system and revised suspension settings deliver a more premium ride.

Driver assistance and safety technologies have been boosted too, with more i-ACTIVESENSE technologies fitted as standard and all CX-5 models are now equipped with Smart Brake Support (SBS), Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane-keep Assist System (LAS).

Inside there’s a new climate control panel and refreshed switchgear. Naturally, all models now feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


On the outside, there are mild styling tweaks and the Maxx Sport and Touring benefit from new 17 inch wheels.

The flagship CX-5 Akera is perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the upgrade. Inside the seats are wrapped in ever-so-posh Dark Russet Nappa leather trim with cooling for the front seats and heating for the outer two rear seats, authentic wooden inlays in the dash and doors along with LED ambient lighting throughout the cabin.

The Akera’s new look is completed with 19inch alloy wheels to ensure it truly stands out on the road.

While value has improved across the range, prices have increased modestly. The Maxx Sport and GT models are around $888 dearer than their counterparts, but boast around $2000 of added value.

The new Mazda CX-5 range is in dealerships now.

Manufacturer’s List Pricing:

Grade Engine Drive T/M MLP
Maxx  2.0L Petrol  FWD 6MT $29,770
Maxx  2.0L Petrol  FWD 6AT $31,770
Maxx  2.5L Petrol  AWD 6AT $34,770
Maxx Sport  2.0L Petrol  FWD 6AT $34,870
Maxx Sport  2.5L Petrol  AWD 6AT $37,870
Maxx Sport  2.2L Diesel  AWD 6AT $40,870
Touring  2.5L Petrol  AWD 6AT $39,470
Touring  2.2L Diesel  AWD 6AT $42,470
GT  2.5L Petrol  AWD 6AT $44,470
GT  2.2L Diesel  AWD 6AT $47,470
GT  2.5 Petrol Turbo  AWD 6AT $46,970
Akera  2.5L Petrol  AWD 6AT $46,670
Akera  2.2L Diesel  AWD 6AT $49,670
Akera  2.5 Petrol Turbo  AWD 6AT $49,170



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