What is it?
The new Mazda CX-5 is a crucial car for its maker. Not only does it fall into one of the world’s most competitive segments, SUVs, its predecessor has been a key asset in helping the firm's sales in Europe surge by 60 percent in the past five years. The success or failure of this second-generation car could quite literally set the course of Mazda's future.
Mazda is well aware of this, so rather than resting on laurels and gently evolving its Volkswagen Tiguan rival, the firm’s designers and engineers have worked to offer improvements in nearly every area. They claim boosts in design, interior quality, performance and driving dynamics, so despite having a near identical footprint and dimensions to its predecessor, the 2017 model is a very different proposition.
But as the increasingly congested mid-sized SUV class gets more and more competitive, the question is: can the Mazda CX-5?