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.
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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.