Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Blurring the Boundaries of What's Possible

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Blurring the Boundaries of What's Possible

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Byline: CHRIS RUSSON

SHARP styling and a zest for the open road are about to make the new Mazda CX-5 SUV a super tourer.

Revamped inside and out, the second generation of Mazda's most popular model in the UK takes the Japanese car maker another rung up the ladder.

The CX-5 has always been a trailblazer and was the first to feature Mazda's fuel efficient SKYACTIV technology and its Kodo design theme, which makes its models some of the best looking cars of today.

The new model takes that a step further with slimmer light clusters and less fuss in the body lines while the interior has also moved upmarket.

It is now nudging into premium territory and that's reflected in the price which in the case of the range-topping all-wheel-drive diesels has now broken the PS30,000 barrier.

The new CX-5 line up now starts at PS23,695 for a 2.0-litre front-wheel-drive petrol version - an increase of some PS1,100 - and tops out at PS31,395 for a high specification 2.2-litre diesel with 175ps on tap.

A range-topping automatic will be another PS1,800, a delicious metallic red paint job will add PS800.

To add a full set of techno options including adaptive LED headlights and a radar operated cruise control will stick another PS1,600 on the price.

Even so the CX-5 is hugely competitive and now has to be considered a real alternative to the likes of an Audi Q3 or a BMW X1.

In terms of refinement the new CX-5 has come on leaps and bounds.

Comfort levels are high, the rear seats are now reclinable and the cabin is of genuine family proportions. So is boot space which ranges from 506 to 1,620 litres.

The line up comprises just two trim levels - SE-L Nav and Sport Nav - and all versions come with the likes of sat nav, a seven-inch colour touchscreen and an auto hold function for the electronic parking brake. …

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