Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
All Mazda CX-5 models in the five-model line up are packaged with AEB, a reversing camera, push-button start, LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, smart city braking front and rear and rear cross traffic alert as standard features.
How many seats? Still five; this is as big as the CX-5 will ever get, we’re told, so don’t expect a seven-seat version to eventuate.
All CX-5 models also use the same 7.0-inch colour multimedia touchscreen, with all but the entry level Maxx model getting sat nav. There’s no CD player fitted as standard, while MP3 players can be used via streaming or via a line-in.
Mazda reckons it’s made a point of not trying to win over people who are looking at the entry level of the segment, and the base front-wheel-drive, 2.0-litre four-cylinder Maxx is reflective of that.
Specced down to its $28,690 (manual, before on roads) starting price, it offers a basic spec level that includes steel rims, single zone air conditioning and basic cloth trim.
It also misses out on rear air vents – a by-product of not having dual zone air conditioning – and rear USB ports.
Prices have jumped $800 in manual form, and so has the $30,690 automatic version. The all-wheel-drive automatic with the larger 2.5-litre petrol engine has jumped by just $200.
The Maxx Sport, on the other hand, is the range’s most popular model, and gets 17-inch alloys, LED foglights, automatic lights and wipers, dual zone climate control with rear vents and two additional USB ports in the rear centre armrest.
Available only as an auto, the FWD 2.0-litre and AWD 2.5-litre versions of the Maxx Sport both jump $900 in pricing to $34,390 and $37,390 respectively before on-roads, while in comparison, the AWD 2.2-litre diesel has risen $900 to $40,390.
Mazda wanted to reduce the price gap between its Maxx Sport and GT models, so it’s introduced a fifth grade level called the Touring.
It starts at $38,990 for a 2.5-litre petrol or $41,990 for the 2.2 diesel, and is only available in AWD auto guise.
It gets 17-inch rims, Mazda’s heads-up display, traffic sign recognition software, sat nav, smart keyless entry, unique Maztech suede and cloth trim and front parking sensors.
The all-wheel-drive only GT is available in 2.5-litre petrol ($44,390, up $300), or diesel (also up $300 to $47,390), and adds 19-inch rims, adaptive headlights, powered tailgate, sat nav, sunroof and a choice of black or white leather trim.
Finally, the top of the range Akera actually falls $300 to $46,990 for the AWD petrol, or $49,990 for the AWD diesel. Compare that to the claim that Mazda has added extra $2000 of specification, and it’s a good deal.
It offers a full suite of safety features including a first-ever side camera, radar cruise control, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance and smart brake support on top of AEB.
It also has a Bose sound system with ten speakers.
By the way, if you’re looking for a drive-away price this early on the new CX-5, you may be out of luck.