Sleek, modern, and designed with passion in mind, the CX-5 is Mazda's offering to the highly competitive compact crossover SUV market, and it looks set to make a lasting impression. The CX-5 introduced Mazda's design philosophy of KODO: Soul of Motion, represented through bold and flowing curves alongside the classic sleek edges Mazda vehicles are known for.
The recipe seems to be working for the brand. The CX-5 is Mazda's best-selling SUV and is among the leading compact crossover SUVs on the market, according to NAAMSA vehicle sales reports. It's also the second most popular model in the Mazda South Africa range, just behind the Mazda 2.
Simple, elegant, and built to last, the Mazda CX-5 is worthy of consideration for your next compact crossover SUV, but does it deliver? Let's take a look.
The Mazda CX-5 was launched in 2012 as the replacement for the outgoing CX-7 model and was to be the new flagship SUV for the brand. Being a compact crossover SUV, the model was Mazda's response to what the market wanted – more compact and efficient vehicles that still have all the benefits of 4x4 vehicles.
With the introduction of KODO in the first-generation model, Mazda pushed the brand to a new, more modern look and feel. The vehicle had a distinctive smooth, curved look with lines that flowed from the front to the back.
In 2014, Mazda unveiled a facelifted version at the Los Angeles Auto Show before launching the second-generation and current model in 2017. The new version showcased the same approach to design, but this time all the features were focused and sharp, with edgy headlights dominating the entire design style.
Mazda's latest CX-5 has a lot to offer in terms of details and specifications. Handling and performance are ensured with SKYACTIV technology, offering driving comfort and agility. The interior is built to offer premium levels of comfort for passengers while they enjoy the Bose 10-speaker sound system in selected models. Entertainment can be managed through Bluetooth and operated using the infotainment system.
In addition to the fitted airbags and supplemental restraint system (SRS) seat belts, the head-up display offers additional safety, helping the driver maintain focus on the road while displaying essential information on the windshield.
The baseline Mazda CX-5 2.0 L ACTIVE FWD is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine producing 121 kW and 213 Nm of torque.
The Mazda CX-5 is available alongside other Mazda models such as the Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 at any of their dealerships across the country. You can also use our new car quotes page to get discounted quotes from accredited dealers.
The entry-level Mazda CX-5 2.0 L ACTIVE FWD retails from R414,600.
The Mazda CX-5 comes with Mazda's standard three-year/unlimited km motor warranty that covers the car against defects in material or workmanship, subject to terms and conditions.
Mazda also offers three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance which provides owners with access to vehicle locksmith services, battery services, and flat tyre repairs. Various services plans are available as well.
Mazda vehicles are not considered a high theft risk in South Africa, according to the Ctrack vehicle theft report. This could count positively towards a car insurance quote if you're interested in buying one.
To get car insurance for your Mazda CX-5, use the hippo.co.za car insurance comparison tool online. You can easily compare several car insurance quotes side by side to find the best deal for you.