Mazda CX-5 2.5 2WD Super Luxury Review
Natural Aspirations

clifford chow
8 Sep 2017

our test car’s Soul Red Crystal Metallic paintjob was something to behold

When Mazda first introduced the CX-5, it was well received. Their current design language known as “KODO – Soul of Motion” was first seen in the previous car, and years on, the old car still looks fresh, with its crisp-cutting lines, and subtle flowing bulges.

The new car takes on the same design philosophy, but with Mazda upping the game several notches with better materials, while styling hits the mark, prompting second glances at their mid-range SUV.


The distinctively gaping front grille carrying the large Mazda emblem, with a thick chrome surround and slim headlamp clusters on both sides are just about all the aggressive bits of styling you’d get from this car. Side sheet metal, like in the previous CX-5, features sweeping, but purposeful folds, some which form up to visually rest on the tail lamps and also to subtly pump out those rear haunches. The window height, in proportion to the body is rather large, contributing to a generally sportier stance, and the quarter glass at the rear is partially framed by a large bit of chromed plastic trim.

The only thing which may look a little out of place on the CX-5 are their 19” alloys, where under that black plastic wheel guard trim, provides the illusion that they look rather tiny.

Similar to the previous car, the new CX-5 also features a protective black plastic guard which surrounds the base car in-case you do want to take it over some gravel… its 2wd… don’t go too far…

One of the little almost unseen but important features, is the rubber lining Mazda installed between the door gaps, as this does help to keep unwanted wind noise from intruding into the cabin.

We must mention though, our test car’s Soul Red Crystal Metallic paintjob was something to behold. Mazda is actually well known for their quality paint jobs, but this shade of red comes across as very deep, even in low light situations. 

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Engine Capacity 2488cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 13:1
Bore x Stroke (89.00 x 100)mm
Power 192bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 257Nm @ 3250rpm
Power to Weight 124 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 196 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4550 x 1840 x 1680) mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Kerb Weight 1549 kg
Boot Capacity 403 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs