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.
The cabin has been designed with a driver-centric focus and uses familiar Mazda features such as a three-spoke steering wheel and clutterfree dashboard design topped by a 7.0in display. This is accompanied by a 4.6in highresolution TFT display in the instrument panel and head-up display on the windscreen.
Mazda’s MZD connected technology enables users to link the infotainment system with their smartphones and other mobile devices. Handsfree phone operation, Harman cloud-based technology and SD-card-based sat-nav are all included. The CX-5 also gets a 10-speaker Bose sound system with ambient noise technology that improves audio quality while on the move.