Styling tweaks and new equipment for Mazda's Nissan Qashqai rival, on sale in the UK this spring
Darren Moss
19 November 2014

Mazda's facelifted CX-5 range will be priced from £22,295 when it goes on sale in the UK this spring.

Although the updated line-up kicks off at £400 more than the current model, Mazda says the 2015 CX-5 offers equipment and interior upgrades, as well as exterior styling updates. The car made its public debut at the LA motor show late last year.

Chief among the car's styling enhancements is a new front grille, which Mazda says is "tauter and bolder" than that of the outgoing car. It features alongside redesigned LED lights, while new 19-inch alloy wheel designs are also available, as well as new paint colours.

Inside, Mazda has upgraded the perceived quality of the cabin and fitted the latest version of its free-standing MZD Connect infotainment system to the CX-5.

Powertrain options include a 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G direct-injection petrol unit in 158bhp and 165bhp forms, plus a 2.5-litre version with 189bhp, as well as a 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D diesel in 148bhp and 173bhp guises. The lower-powered diesel is the greenest option in the range, emitting 119g/km of CO2.

Engines can be coupled to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while a new generation of Mazda's all-wheel drive system is offered.

Mazda's suite of safety technologies has been upgraded, adding new functions including adaptive LED headlights, as well as driver attention and lane assistance systems.

Standard equipment for the range includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, heated door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, privacy glass, a seven-inch multimedia screen, electronic parking brake and leather steering wheel. SE-L Lux trim adds a sunroof, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Top-end Sport Nav specification grants an upgraded sound system, keyless entry and satellite navigation.

Currently one of our top-rated crossovers, the new CX-5 will compete with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti in the UK. The 2015 CX-5 range starts at £22,295 for the 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol in SE-L specification, and rises to £30,595 for the 2.2-litre automatic SkyActiv-D diesel in Sport Nav trim.

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15 August 2014
.....for me anyway. I recently wrote to Mazda UK to ask if there were any plans to tweek/update the 6 as I'm looking to buy one early next year. I think they mis-understood me as they told me it was a new product with no plans to replace it. Anyway, having seen the interior of the new 2, I would have expected Mazda to look to now improve the 6's (and indeed the CX5) to bring the stying/quality up to the levels of the 2 and 3. It will be interesting to see if Mazda follow up the CX-5 update with one for the 6.
I think I'll wait just a little longer before making my purchase. All that is missing on the 6 for me is a better touchscreen, dashboard styling/trimming/materials and alloy wheel options.

P.S. The CX-5 also comes with the 177BHP version of the diesel, albeit in AWD Sport spec only.

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15 August 2014
There is no doubt the CX-5 has various good qualities on its side but it does look a bit ungainly on its wheels, a certain bulbousness that gives the impression its huge whilst the interior figures say actually not especially so. Which must have sat uncomfortably with Mazda as the press keep making it out to be the 'sportier' crossover but the look doesn't sell that ability. Either way I really wanted one but, despite the list price being good its relatively expensive to lease - the lease company isn't convinced about the residuals or running costs and Mazda are uncompetitive on the fleet discount the give - alas, too expensive to own by this means. If I were spending my own £26K I would definitely consider it.

17 August 2014
The most disappointing thing is the interior which is bland and a generation behind on tech, cabin noise can be intrusive on some surfaces and at Motorway limits, fitting the regenerative breaking system from the Mazda 6 may make the current official economy figures achievable. One of its bigest issues is it's forgetability, for a car that allways reviews very well even in head to head competitive reviews, it never makes the top 5 lists a few months down the line composed by the same editors.
I really rate mine it could have been made specifically for me.

5 January 2015
Autocar stated:"Powertrain options include a 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G direct-injection petrol unit in 158bhp and 165bhp forms, plus a 2.5-litre version with 189bhp". The 189 petrol would be a nice option, but I don't think we'll be getting it over here. I also noticed that strangely Mazda do not offer the 150BHP D with AWD in Sport Nav spec, only lower SE-L Nav spec. A strange decision in my mind. I'd like to replace my wife's 150BHP D FWD Sport Nav with an AWD version, but will have to plump for the 175 D instead.

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