That starting price makes the second-generation model £500 more than the equivalent current generation model, but the latest car gets a bolstered list of standard features and striking design both inside and out.
Just two trim levels are offered, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav. As standard the CX-5 gets features including 17in alloy wheels, start/stop technology, automatic LED headlights, parking sensors, DAB radio, satnav and a 7in colour touchscreen.
The Sport Nav starts at £26,695 and extends the specs list with 19in alloys, heated front seats, a 10-speaker Bose sound system and keyless entry, among other things.
First revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November, the new CX-5 comes as Mazda looks to continue its global momentum, spurred on by the popularity of SUVs.
The manufacturer says the all-new CX-5 will kick-start a fresh era for its line-up, where passenger enjoyment is as important as driving pleasure and simplistic Japanese design helps it to stand out among rivals.
In Europe, the new CX-5 enters a congested segment dominated by models such as the Qashqai and Sportage, but it does so as a more premium offering so ranks alongside the Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford Kuga.
The new car's design takes heavy inspiration from the larger, US-focused CX-9. Its sleek headlights are split by a wide-mouth grille and sit above a cleanly designed bumper, but bulky wheel arches and tall doors give the car the more rugged look of a proper SUV. The wheelbase is unchanged in the new CX-5, at 2700mm long, but shorter overhangs have cut the overall length by 5mm.
Compared with the outgoing CX-5, the new model sits lower and is 10mm wider at the front, creating a more sporting stance. This is combined with improved visibility for front occupants, with a wider field of view for front-seat occupants thanks to the A-pillars having been moved back by 35mm.