Is there anything interesting about its design?
Mazda's styling evolution is as disciplined as its engineering strategy. Debuting at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Shinari four-seat coupe concept was the first public expression of the brand's 'Kodo – Soul of Motion' design philosophy.
It's given Mazda a solid platform for visual differentiation ever since, and Ikuo Maeda, Mazda's head of design who created the taut yet flowing look, says it's intended to reflect "the power and elegance of a wild animal in the instant when it pounces on its prey".
While that prey is more likely an open parking space than a gazelle on the Serengeti, there's no doubting the CX-5's distinctive exterior. And this second-generation version arrived in early 2017 with a more menacing expression, characterised by slimmer LED headlights sitting either side of the signature chrome 'wing' defining the lower edge of the large grille.
Some re-profiling of the character lines along the car's flanks, as well as a smoothed and simplified rear-end, complete with more intense LED tail-lights, are the other major changes, with tweaks like single piece rear side windows (previously divided by small quarter panes) and new wheel designs joining the party.
The interior also received a classy tsjuz-up in 2017 with a configurable 7.0-inch TFT digital screen taking centre stage in the instrument display and a new 7.0-inch media screen (protruding from the dashtop) armed with Mazda's 'MZD Connect' connectivity system, now including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The armrests were re-profiled, the air vents simplified, and the seats reshaped. Overall, the Akera's standard leather trim combines with polished metal trim pieces, genuine wood inserts, and shiny black dash and door surfaces to complete a look that's simple, clean and contemporary.