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Mazda CX-5 Touring 2018 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
7.9
The $38,590 Touring represents the third tier of the subtly updated 2018 CX-5 line-up, sitting $4600 above the cheapest version of the entry Maxx Sport and $5000 below the petrol GT.

The $38,590 Touring represents the third tier of the subtly updated 2018 CX-5 line-up, sitting $4600 above the cheapest version of the entry Maxx Sport and $5000 below the petrol GT.

The petrol Touring is equipped with the 2.5-litre petrol engine with all-wheel drive, while an also all-wheel drive diesel version adds another $3000.

The 2018 updates are largely under the skin, but the Touring now scores the windscreen-integrated head-up display from the GT and Akera, and adds heated mirrors, Alcantara and vinyl seat trim, proximity keys, front parking sensors and traffic sign recognition over the Maxx Sport.

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 Touring 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

$37,999
Based on 547 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$25,990
Highest Price
$51,671

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Akera (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $37,777 – 50,883 2018 MAZDA CX-5 2018 Akera (4x4) Pricing and Specs
AKERA (4x4) (5YR) 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $41,888 – 48,990 2018 MAZDA CX-5 2018 AKERA (4x4) (5YR) Pricing and Specs
GT (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $37,406 – 51,671 2018 MAZDA CX-5 2018 GT (4x4) Pricing and Specs
GT (4x4) (5YR) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $38,990 – 49,240 2018 MAZDA CX-5 2018 GT (4x4) (5YR) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.9
Malcolm Flynn
CarsGuide Editor

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