Mazda CX-5 - the ‘quick-thinking’ SUV

2017-07-26 06:01
The ‘cockpit’ of the CX-5.Photo: QUICKPIC

The ‘cockpit’ of the CX-5.Photo: QUICKPIC

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I HAVE never been a fan of bulky SUVs simply because I don’t have a big family, and they’re a pain to park.

After driving the new Mazda CX-5 I might be converted. Mazda has upped its game when you compare it to its predecessor. The crossover SUV has been redesigned with a whole list, which you will find on www.Mazda.co.za and I got to test the 2.5L Individual Auto FWD, and I was impressed.

I am not petrol-head, which means I look for simplicity in a car – fuel efficiency is on top of my list, together with safety. After weaving through Durban’s traffic with the N2 being resurfaced, I am convinced I should get a CX-5.

What impressed me?

Firstly, when it comes to cars I am all about looks. I mean just take a look at the photo of this car. It is a head-turner without doubt (it has to be that Soul Red Crystal colour).

The inside is just as beautiful as the outside. They have taken driver comfort to the next level. However, for a simpleton like me, there is too much going on with the seat. It took me a few minutes to figure out the gadgets that adjusted every aspect of the new lumber support seat, which is pretty much the only thing I didn’t like about.

The interior designers have definitely paid attention to comfort for both the driver and passengers. There is ample space in the front and back with a boot that is big enough to live in (please don’t think about buying this car to live in).

As soon as I started the car I felt like a pilot in cockpit. The gizmos are easy to use, and I simply love their “head-up” display. This is a “hologram”-type display, only visible to the driver and it “communicates” throughout the journey.

I recently raked up R2500 worth of speeding fines on Masabalala Yengwa Road in Durban (thanks to Metro Police cameras that look like electricity meters), and I am now very cautious about speed limits.

So the speed display on the “hologram” turns a colour when you are over the speed limit, which is also displayed on this “head-up” device.

This “smart” car also has the ability to “learn” the driver’s habits. When I first experienced its “thinking capabilities” I thought the car was possessed.

On my way from Pietermaritzburg to Durban the other day I started to feel a little tired after a long day so I relaxed my grip on the steering wheel, which was when the vehicle “suggested” I take a coffee break, this was accompanied with a beep.

The car also “warns” you if you are straying from your lane (this is a feature called Lane Departure Warning).

Lastly, and I save the best for last, fuel efficiency. City driving (referring to the Durban CBD) is mostly stop-go with traffic lights all over the place and the i-stop feature is much-needed.

Travelling on national roads (N2 and N3) is when it really shines. The consumption travelling to Stanger on the M4 was 7.5L/100km.

The average consumption (including city driving) was 8L/100km, which, considering the size of the vehicle, is really good. The average on my “little” 1.8Lcar is more or less the same and my car could probably fit in this SUV’s boot. This particular model costs R491 900, and with the luxuries it comes with, I would say it is a bargain if you compare it to the price of other SUVs.

The CX-5 is the perfect road trip companion and will serve more than its purpose during the journey.

 

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