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Mazda CX-5 Akera 2018 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
8.3
The $46,190 Akera represents the top tier of the subtly updated 2018 CX-5 line-up, sitting $2600 above the petrol GT.

The $46,190 Akera represents the top tier of the subtly updated 2018 CX-5 line-up, sitting $2600 above the petrol GT.

The petrol Akera is equipped with the 2.5-litre petrol engine with all-wheel drive, while an also all-wheel drive diesel version adds another $3000. Both are now $800 cheaper than their 2017 equivalents.

The 2018 updates are largely under the skin, but the Akera also scores a new 360 degree camera monitor.

The 2.5-litre petrol engine adds 1.0Nm to now total 140kW/252Nm, with the significant addition of cylinder deactivation which can drop two cylinders to save fuel under light throttle loads. However, this has only yielded a 0.1L improvement to its official combined cycle figure which is now 7.4L/100km.

The Akera petrol engine continues to run happily on 91 RON regular unleaded, which should be considered against many rivals that demand 95 RON premium.

The 2.2-litre diesel engine scores a new variable-geometry turbine for the larger of what is effectively two turbos, along with a redesigned combustion chamber, sodium-filled exhaust valves and high-precision boost control to increase peak power by 11kW to 140kW and max torque by 30Nm to 450Nm.

The official combined fuel consumption figure has dropped by 0.3L to 5.7L/100km.

Pricing guides

$35,990
Based on 391 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$23,814
Highest Price
$45,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Akera (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $28,100 – 37,290 2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 Akera (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Akera (4X4) (5YR) 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $28,300 – 37,510 2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 Akera (4X4) (5YR) Pricing and Specs
GT (4X4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $27,900 – 36,960 2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 GT (4X4) Pricing and Specs
GT (4X4) (5YR) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $28,600 – 37,840 2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 GT (4X4) (5YR) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8.3
Malcolm Flynn
CarsGuide Editor

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