CX5 steals the eye

2017-04-20 06:00

ROB RATHGEBER

AFTER driving the Mazda CX5 2,5 petrol sport utility vehicle, I looked forward to driving the Mazda 4x4 Alkera — named after a sea hare and as fast and agile too.

For that was the only niggle I had in the CX5, being old-fashioned, I thought it could do with the power of a turbocharged engine.

In this, I am not alone.

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) also thought so and in mid-December last year received a 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines award for the turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine, which made its debut in the second-generation Mazda CX-9 midsize crossover SUV on sale in the U.S.

Locally, Mazda’s SkyActiv engines’ claim to fame is that they do not use turbos to make power, instead they deploy finely tuned combustion technology to lift the Mazda’s performance to the next level, as shown by a 0-100 km/h sprint in about 10 seconds.

Thus, while it felt like I was sedately accelerating, the CX5 actually shifted its 2 011 kg quite nimbly.

Most of this is down to the SkyActiv’s higher compression ratio, but the lightweight, rigid chassis, upgraded transmission system and a lighter, stronger body all help to “add lightness”, as legendary race car builder Colin Chapman always preached.

All this breathes life into the motor car, moving to Mazda’s advertising line of the vehicle being more like a living creature that creates a bond with the driver, much like the relationship between horse and rider. It also helps with the fuel consumption. If you have a light right foot, Mazda claims consumption of 6,9 l/100 km on a combined cycle. Driving only in the city I managed 8,3 l/100 km.

The 225/55 tyres on 19-inch rims also soak up undulations and can handle unseen potholes.

As for looks, it is styling to a fault, even catching the eye over an aircraft, and inside the high-class interior hides a raft of electronics.

But I still wonder about bolting on a turbo ...

Mazda CX5 2,5 statistics

Price: R468 300

Engine: 4-cylinder, 2 488 cc petrol

Torque: 256 Nm at 3 250 rpm

Workrate: 141 kW.

Transmission: Six-speed automatic.

Airbags: six.

Fuel tank: 56 litres.

Boot size: 326/1 208 dm.

Service plan: three years, unlimited kilometres.

AFTER driving the Mazda CX5 2,5 petrol sport utility vehicle, I really looked forward to driving the Mazda 4x4 Alkera — named after a sea hare and as fast and agile too.

For that was the only niggle I had in the CX5, being old-fashioned, I thought it could do with the power of a turbocharged engine.

In this, I am not alone.

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) also thought so and in mid-December last year received a 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines award for the turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine, which made its debut in the second-generation Mazda CX-9 midsize crossover SUV on sale in the U.S.

Locally, Mazda’s SkyActiv engines’ claim to fame is that they do not use turbos to make power, instead they deploy finely tuned combustion technology to lift the Mazda’s performance to the next level, as shown by a 0-100 km/h sprint in about 10 seconds. Thus, while it felt like I was sedately accelerating, the CX5 actually shifted its 2 011 kg quite nimbly.

Most of this is down to the SkyActiv’s higher compression ratio, but the lightweight, rigid chassis, upgraded transmission system and a lighter, stronger body all help to “add lightness”, as legendary race car builder Colin Chapman always preached.

All this breathes life into the motorcar, moving to Mazda’s advertising line of the vehicle being more like a living creature that creates a bond with the driver, much like the relationship between horse and rider. It also helps with the fuel consumption. If you have a light right foot, Mazda claims consumption of 6,9 l/100 km on a combined cycle. Driving only in the city I managed 8,3 l/100 km.

The 225/55 tyres on 19-inch rims also soak up undulations and can handle unseen potholes.

As for looks, it is styling to a fault, even catching the eye over an aircraft, and inside the high-class interior hides a raft of electronics. But I still wonder about bolting on a turbo ...

Mazda CX5 2,5 statistics

Price: R468 300

Engine: 4-cylinder, 2 488 cc petrol

Torque: 256 Nm at 3 250 rpm

Workrate: 141 kW.

Transmission: Six-speed automatic.

Airbags: six.

Fuel tank: 56 litres.

Boot size: 326/1 208 dm.

Service plan: three years, unlimited kilometres.

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