Mazda CX-5 2.5 Individual
The SUV market is a congested one with all marques offering a wide range of models in an attempt to lure your hard earned money and certain sectors of the market will favour really expensive, high-end German brands but everyone else should at least test drive the CX-5 once. You’ll be surprised that the touch screen interface and navigation systems come standard instead of as an expensive add-on and you’ll wonder at how you’ll get the streaming audio of Jack FM or Heart FM to work in SA but you’ll rest assured that the entertainment system of the CX-5 can do it if you supply the bandwidth.
The 9 speaker Bose system will play the latest tunes while you drop the kids off at school before you switch to something more serene on your way to the office, at an impressive 7.4 litres per 100 kilometers (claimed). Delayed? No problem. Phone the office with the super impressive Mazda voice dialing system which connects almost instantly to your favourite bluetooth mobile device. Better still, let the navigation system guide you on an alternate route. The leather seats offer excellent comfort with lumbar support and little motors that allow you to adjust the driver’s seat in all possible directions. Passengers will have to do it the old fashioned way, I guess that keeps the costs down.
Safety features include the blind spot monitoring system that illuminates in the mirrors as a vehicle approaches on either side, parking sensors to help prevent those little nudges and smudges and auto-dimming on the rear-view mirror. Another safety feature is the lane keep assist which gently tightens the steering when it senses that you’re straying in your lane. Personally, I despise the system but with the prevalence of drivers who text and whatnot instead of watching the road this feature may prove to be valuable in time. Another highly beneficial feature is the LED lighting system that actively monitors ambient light and adjusts the high beam accordingly. Additionally there is peripheral lighting that helps to see more on the sides of the road. The lights also shine further ahead, the faster you go, which makes late night highway driving a doddle.
The CX-5 Individual isn’t cheap. At just over R 400,000 (incl VAT) it’s a lot cheaper than some of it’s rivals though and we think it deserves to be looked at if you’re in the market. There are a few models in the line-up with the Individual offering the biggest engine, a 2.5l petrol powerplant strapped to Mazda’s 6-speed auto gearbox. The drive is smooth but not sporty. 141 kw are more than adequate for all but the most demanding drivers and with oil prices on the up and the Rand heading in the wrong direction, perhaps we should all learn to save fuel anyway.
The CX-5 is backed up by a 3-year unlimited kilometer factory warranty. To provide complete peace of mind motoring, a 3-year roadside assistance, a 3-year service plan and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty are also included.
In conclusion, the CX-5 Individual is styled attractively, priced competitively and more than capable.
Price: 408 700 (incl)
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