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25 August 2011

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31 August 2011

Smart and attractive car with some impressive emissions figures. If this really emits 139g/km CO2 and does 0-60 in 8.7s what could this engine do in a 3, 6 or MX5? Less keen on the satnav/radio on the car in the pictures. Looks a bit cheap.

31 August 2011

I like the look of this but am trying to work out its size . So is it bigger than a Quashquai or about the same size .

Shame there will be no 1.6 Petrol .

31 August 2011

Good Lord! A sensible car that is enjoyable to drive. On small wheels with a petrol engine. Where will it end? Mazda might be on to something here...

Bring back steel wheels.

31 August 2011

The right size and looks promising. Quote: 'The all-alloy motor gets a benchmark compression ratio of just 14.0:1,' Just? The 14:1 ratio is exceptionally high for a petrol - do you mean the diesel as it's CR is also 14:1, exceptionally low?

31 August 2011

[quote Old Toad]

So is it bigger than a Quashquai or about the same size .

Shame there will be no 1.6 Petrol .

[/quote] From what I have read it seems to be on the same scale as the standard Quashquai. I like the external look of this and the Quashquai but have never been that impressed by the Quashquai performance numbers. For me the CX-5 seems to address the weaker points of the Quashquai. We all know how successful the Quashquai is. Based on these early reports I can see the CX-5 doing very well. Interesting to see what the replacement Quashquai brings to the table. I don't think it really matters if it is a 1.6 or a 2.0 it's the performance figures they produce that counts. From across all types of cars the general trend seems to be the bigger the engine the more likely you can match the quoted performance figures (gut feeling). I'm looking forward to taking a closer look at this.

31 August 2011

[quote Walking][quote Old Toad]

So is it bigger than a Quashquai or about the same size .

Shame there will be no 1.6 Petrol .

[/quote] From what I have read it seems to be on the same scale as the standard Quashquai. I like the external look of this and the Quashquai but have never been that impressed by the Quashquai performance numbers. For me the CX-5 seems to address the weaker points of the Quashquai. We all know how successful the Quashquai is. Based on these early reports I can see the CX-5 doing very well. Interesting to see what the replacement Quashquai brings to the table. I don't think it really matters if it is a 1.6 or a 2.0 it's the performance figures they produce that counts. From across all types of cars the general trend seems to be the bigger the engine the more likely you can match the quoted performance figures (gut feeling). I'm looking forward to taking a closer look at this.[/quote]I too believe it to be a similar size to the QASHQAI. This is also the first time we've seen the CX-5's rear end, I think - and it's a very good looking car. Not as rugged/tonka-toy-cool as the Yeti, but perhaps offering something a bit sportier, a bit more athletic to look at. I'll be interested to see what the diesel's like too...

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

31 August 2011

I like this car a lot and I would have considered it had I not bought my new car earlier, but I have to say it's dashboard is a shameless X1 ripoff!

31 August 2011

I love it when manufacturers come up with engineering brilliance. The SkyActiv engines seem to be absolutely amazing, and the fact they're fitted to a genuinely excellent product... well, all credit to them, I say.

31 August 2011

Mazda seem to be on a roll with this advanced new engine tech and a competitive model range.It will be interesting to see how it does in an overcrowded market sector

1 September 2011

Walking ,

You have a point . A 1.2 TSI Yeti has 149 CO2s so if the figures are correct for this then it is at the top of my " must look and drive" list in preferance to a Yeti .

Im still finding it hard to beleive that this might be cheaper to run than a 1.2 turbo petrol .

Will be very interested in some real world driving figures .

So it looks like I can have my cake and eat it.

Hmm I wonder if it is technically possible to turbo a petrol engine with such a high compression ratio.

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