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Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2018 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
7.8
The $33,990 Maxx Sport marks the second tier of the subtly updated 2018 CX-5 line-up, sitting $5300 above the cheapest version of the entry Maxx and $4600 under the petrol Touring.

The $33,990 Maxx Sport marks the second tier of the subtly updated 2018 CX-5 line-up, sitting $5300 above the cheapest version of the entry Maxx and $4600 under the petrol Touring.

This version of the Maxx Sport is equipped with the 2.0-litre petrol engine and automatic transmission, with the 2.5-litre petrol all-wheel drive version adding another $3000.

The Maxx Sport is the cheapest CX-5 trim level to offer a diesel option which is also all-wheel drive, but this will cost $3000 more again.

The 2018 updates are largely under the skin, with unchanged standard equipment that includes AEB, 7.0-inch multimedia screen (which still lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although they will be made optionally available, including as a retro-fit, later in 2018, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, LED headlights, and power-folding side mirrors, but adds sat nav, 17-inch alloys, LED front fog lights, auto headlights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, plus rear seat centre armrest storage.

The 2.0-litre petrol now produces 1.0kW more to total 115kW/200Nm thanks to surprisingly extensive changes which include new pistons with revised rings, tweaked intake ports, boosted fuel injection pressure and updated cooling system. Combined fuel consumption has improved by 0.1L to 6.9L/100km with either transmission.

The 2.5-litre petrol scores similar improvements, adding 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.

Both CX-5 petrol engines continue 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

$34,990
Based on 222 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$26,941
Highest Price
$44,390

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Akera (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $30,400 – 39,820 2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 Akera (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Akera (4X4) (5YR) 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $30,400 – 39,820 2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 Akera (4X4) (5YR) Pricing and Specs
GT (4X4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $30,000 – 39,270 2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 GT (4X4) Pricing and Specs
GT (4X4) (5YR) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $30,700 – 40,150 2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 GT (4X4) (5YR) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.8
Malcolm Flynn
CarsGuide Editor

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