2022 Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD evaluate

The Mazda CX-5 has develop into a staple of Australian motoring. It’s presently the top-selling mannequin for our market’s second best-selling model.

For the reason that nameplate’s genesis in 2012, the CX-5 has blended sensible design with city-friendly dimensions and a zoom zoom fun-to-drive character. A decade on, it continues to push upward.

The second-generation CX-5 obtained a light refresh earlier this 12 months, some six years after its introduction, giving the favored crossover a extra angular look and bringing about some new options and applied sciences.

We lined the Australian launch right here, now we’re getting a better have a look at the 2022 Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD.

It’s pitched as one thing of a ‘black pack’ or ‘sports activities pack’ mannequin to duke it out with the R-Traces, ST-Traces, GT-Traces and N Traces of the world, whereas additionally providing punchy turbocharged efficiency.

Is Mazda’s previous trustworthy nonetheless a frontrunner in Australia’s hottest car phase? Or are newer, more energizing rivals beginning to edge forward?

WATCH: Paul’s video evaluate of the CX-5 Akera 2.5T AWD

How a lot does the Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD value?

The up to date CX-5 vary kicks off at $32,490 plus on-road prices for the price-leading CX-5 Maxx with the smaller 2.0-litre petrol engine, front-wheel drive, and a guide transmission. All different variants are auto-only.

On check we’ve got the second-most costly GT SP with the turbocharged 2.5-litre engine, priced from $51,490 earlier than on-roads. In line with the Mazda’s configurator, this mannequin is $56,511 drive-away utilizing a Melbourne postcode.

Mazda’s standard mid-sizer continues to have some of the complete ranges within the phase.

2022 Mazda CX-5 pricing:

  • Mazda CX-5 Maxx 2.0 FWD guide: $32,490
  • Mazda CX-5 Maxx 2.0 FWD: $34,490
  • Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.5 FWD: $38,290
  • Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.5 AWD: $40,690
  • Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5 AWD: $42,580
  • Mazda CX-5 Touring Energetic 2.5 AWD: $42,880
  • Mazda CX-5 Touring Energetic 2.2D AWD: $45,880
  • Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5 AWD: $48,990
  • Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD: $51,490
  • Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5 AWD: $50,880
  • Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5T AWD: $53,480
  • Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.2D AWD: $53,880

Costs exclude on-road prices

What’s the Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD like on the within?

There’s little to tell apart the facelifted CX-5’s cabin from its forebears, with the exception maybe being the usual wi-fi smartphone charging pad on increased trims.

Within the GT SP, the one notable modifications are the perforated leather-based inserts for the seats in comparison with MY21’s suede inner-seat trim, and the usual inclusion of the 7.0-inch driver’s instrument show beforehand unique to the Akera.

Up entrance the seats are comfy and have electrical adjustment for each the driving force and passenger – the previous getting extra in depth 10-way adjustment with reminiscence capabilities, the place the entrance passenger solely will get six-ways.

Consolation and assist is fairly good, although long-legged of us like myself (6’1) could lust for an extended or extendable seat base such as you’ll discover in most European rivals. It’s a criticism I’ve raised in my opinions of the CX-8 and CX-9, additionally.

I’m glad the ten.25-inch Mazda Join infotainment system options as commonplace within the GT SP, although it’s a disgrace this improved unit will not be commonplace throughout the line-up just like the 7.0-inch driver’s show which is now commonplace on all fashions.

The high-resolution show continues to lack touchscreen inputs – we’ll have to attend for the CX-60 for that, which permits for contact performance when utilizing smartphone mirroring – which suggests all capabilities are managed by the stubby rotary dial on the transmission tunnel, a-la BMW iDrive.

It additionally doesn’t have wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which renders the brand new wi-fi smartphone charging pad redundant should you’re utilizing smartphone mirroring.

Complaints apart, the slick graphics, snappy response occasions and user-friendly menus make this an unlimited enchancment over the ageing MZD Join interface, which sadly is the only system accessible on any decrease CX-5 variant than the GT SP we’ve got on check.

Including to the infotainment and tech chops is the 10-speaker Bose premium sound system with 249-watt amplifier, which provides crisp, deep sound. Fiddle with the degrees and you may get thumping bass with out sacrificing the readability.

Storage within the first row is respectable however not standout, with cupholders between the entrance seats, the aforementioned wi-fi cellphone charger which doubles as a shelf, a deep centre cubby beneath the padded centre armrest, and bottle holders within the doorways.

The second row has by no means been the CX-5’s sturdy level, and that continues to be the case in 2022. It’s made extra apparent because the competitors has moved on, particularly given the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi Outlander have grown of their newest iterations to supply rear lodging not far off massive SUVs.

If you happen to’re on the taller facet like me, leg- and knee room are on the tighter facet for the category, nevertheless it’s nonetheless serviceable except you’ve got somebody as tall as Scott Collie within the driver’s seat.

Children will likely be superb again there although, and there are ISOFIX anchors on the outboard positions and top-tether factors behind all three seats. There’s rear air vents, map pockets behind each entrance seats, and in each variant from the Maxx Sport up there’s USB charging factors in-built to the fold-down centre armrest, which additionally has cupholders.

Just like the rear seats, the CX-5’s baggage space stays one of many smaller areas within the phase.

Mazda claims 438L with 5 seats in use, increasing to 1340L with them folded. Whereas it trails the majority of the competitors for outright quantity, the CX-5’s boot is sweet and sq., and the ground is comparatively flat with the seats folded – although as you possibly can see within the photographs above, there’s a slight step between the cargo flooring and seat backs.

One other good contact is the cargo blind that may be hooked up to the tailgate and routinely raises out of the way in which once you open the rear door. It’s a small factor, nevertheless it saves you having to fiddle with the blind each time you open the boot.

Below the boot flooring there’s a short lived space-saver spare wheel.

What’s beneath the bonnet?

Powering the car on check is a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine teamed with a six-speed automated transmission and on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD).

Outputs are quoted at 170kW (5000rpm) and 420Nm (2000rpm), which is in direction of the highest of the phase.

The CX-5 Turbo makes use of a claimed 8.2L/100km on the mixed cycle, and fortunately runs on cheaper 91 RON unleaded. The gas tank measures 58 litres in capability.

For $2500 much less you possibly can ditch the turbo and go for the naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine, which quotes outputs of 140kW (6000rpm) and 252Nm (4000rpm). Gas consumption on this powertrain variant drops to 7.4L/100km.

How does the Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD drive?

Whereas the general vibe of Mazda’s top-selling crossover has advanced incrementally over time the basics nonetheless ring true.

With the two.5-litre turbo 4 and all-wheel drive, the CX-5 GT SP feels as athletic and punchy as its darkened options and pink highlighted cabin counsel, although it’s not as overtly sporty as one thing like a Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI R-Line.

It has a stable, planted really feel due to its large wheels and chunky tyres, and the driving force controls are all well-weighted and responsive in a linear, progressive method.

I usually draw comparisons between new Mazdas and Lexus merchandise, such is the sensation of solidity and insulation from behind the wheel, to not point out the old-school cabin design that’s fairly distinctly Japanese.

The two.5T is a torquey unit, with a diesel-like 420Nm accessible from simply 2000rpm. Straight-line efficiency is brisk, although not fairly quick, and the six-speed automated is an intuitive shifter that helps the engine rev out and keep on the boil once you want it.

With that stated, the CX-5’s extra mature really feel, notably on the increased finish of the vary, in addition to the turbocharged engine’s meaty mid-range leads me to consider a seven- and even eight-speed automated would enhance the automobile additional.

It might little question assist gas financial system – extra on that in a bit, she thirsty – and refinement as a result of an eight-speeder wouldn’t have to carry revs as excessive at a cruise. The turbocharger hasn’t taken away Mazda’s signature buzzy, high-revving engine traits.

You sit fairly excessive within the CX-5, and that top-heavy feeling carries into the dynamics. Whereas it’s a extra participating steer than a few of its rivals, the Mazda displays a little bit of physique roll in corners which is simply exacerbated by the upper driving place.

It’s removed from sloppy or unsettled, nevertheless it has a type of playful lean about it meaning it’s not as sharp or hardcore as rivals with firmer suspension setups or adjustable damping to tailor the chassis to the driving circumstances. Consider it extra as a GT – very similar to its badge.

That’s to not say the CX-5 isn’t enjoyable to drive. As talked about earlier the steering really feel may be very fluid and correct, which means you are feeling fairly related to the entrance wheels and the turbo petrol engine powers you out of corners with gusto.

It’s additionally a breeze to string by way of metropolis streets and automobile parks, with its correct controls and comparatively compact dimensions by class requirements making it as soon as of probably the most city-friendly mid-sized SUVs to drive.

Additional, the added traction of all-wheel drive (which defaults to FWD more often than not) means the CX-5 is glad in all circumstances. You’ll be able to, nonetheless, mild up the entrance tyres off the road should you’re a little bit heavy along with your proper foot.

Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) suppression is up there with the best-in-class. Gone are the times the place the CX-5 and different Mazda fashions go away your ears ringing as a result of excessive ranges of tyre roar and wind noise.

It’s a quiet, nearly serene place to spend time on the open highway, even on the GT SP’s large 19-inch alloys. The at occasions buzzy engine settles right into a quiet hum at freeway speeds, and Mazda’s glorious Cruising and Site visitors Assist (adaptive cruise and lane centring capabilities mixed) permits for easy semi-autonomous freeway cruising.

Visibility is mostly fairly good due to the compact dimensions and respectable glasshouse – particularly in comparison with one thing like a Mazda 3 hatch or CX-30 – although I don’t perceive why Mazda persists with such magnified mirrors. Notably on the driving force’s facet, it could restrict your area of view when merging or reverse parking.

It’s a disgrace a 360-degree parking digital camera system is reserved for the top-spec Akera, as it could alleviate among the aforementioned visibility quirks, and in addition work as an added security internet in tight metropolis areas. Alas, we are able to dream.

What do you get?

CX-5 GT SP highlights:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels, black metallic
  • Adaptive Entrance-lighting System (AFS)
  • Gloss black exterior accents
    • Gloss black facet mirrors
    • Gloss black decrease cladding
    • Gloss black wheel arches
  • 10.25-inch Mazda Join infotainment
  • Black headliner
  • Energy tilt/slide moonroof
  • Energy tailgate with hands-free operation
  • 10-way energy driver’s seat with reminiscence
  • 6-way energy passenger’s seat
  • Black leather-based upholstery with pink distinction stitching
  • 10-speaker Bose premium audio, 249 watt amplifier

That’s on high of options carried over from decrease grades:

  • Automated LED headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Energy-folding mirrors
  • Rear seats with 40/20/40 break up
  • 7.0-inch digital instrument binnacle
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen (MZD Join)
  • Satellite tv for pc navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired)
  • AM/FM/DAB+ radio
  • Electrical parking brake with Auto Maintain
  • Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Push-button begin
  • Twin-zone local weather management
  • Paddle shifters
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Rear centre armrest storage and USB charging ports
  • Heated mirrors with auto-fold
  • Keyless entry
  • Entrance parking sensors
  • Wi-fi smartphone charging
  • Reversible cargo floorboard

Is the Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD secure?

All variations of the Mazda CX-5 put on a five-star ANCAP security score based mostly on testing carried out in 2017.

The CX-5 scored 95 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 80 per cent for youngster occupant safety, 78 per cent for pedestrian safety, and 59 per cent for security help.

Normal security options embody:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Ahead/Reverse (4-80km/h)
    • Pedestrian detection (Ahead)
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keep help
  • Driver consideration alert
  • Auto high-beam
  • Adaptive cruise management (all fashions) with cease/go (AT solely)
  • Reversing digital camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tyre stress monitoring
  • 6 airbags (twin entrance, front-side, curtain)

CX-5 Maxx Sport provides:

CX-5 Touring provides:

CX-5 GT SP provides:

  • Adaptive Entrance-lighting System (AFS)
    • Energetic bending headlights
  • Cruising and Site visitors Assist
    • Adaptive cruise + lane centring perform

CX-5 Akera provides:

  • 360-degree digital camera system
  • Adaptive LED headlights

How a lot does the Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD value to run?

Mazda backs its vary with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee and 5 years of roadside help.

Scheduled upkeep is required each 12 months or 10,000 kilometres – whichever comes first – which is disappointingly nonetheless shorter than the 15,000km intervals provided by most rivals.

The GT SP 2.5T’s first 5 companies value $363, $393, $363, $393 and $363 – totalling $1875 for the primary 5 years or 50,000km. Nevertheless, that doesn’t embody objects like brake fluid ($72 each two years/40,000km) or cabin air filters ($83 each 40,000km).

As for real-world gas consumption, we noticed an indicated 11.1L/100km following our week of testing, which is nicely up on Mazda’s 8.2L/100km declare.

Our driving included a mixture of freeway and concrete driving, together with peak-hour commuting, however regardless it’s a disappointing outcome. The Tiguan 162TSI can simply return beneath 9.0L/100km and provides much more efficiency.

CarExpert’s Tackle the Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD

Mazda’s trustworthy medium SUV continues to make a compelling case for itself.

Its comparatively compact dimensions, high-quality cabin finishes and balanced drive are constant throughout the line-up, and within the case of the GT SP and Akera grades the choice of boosted turbo energy is some extent of distinction in opposition to plenty of extra mundane opponents.

It exhibits its age within the design of the cabin switchgear and inside components courting again to when this automobile launched in 2017, in addition to the excessive gas consumption and six-speed auto. These features aren’t dealbreakers, however once you’re spending this type of cash it’s one thing price noting in comparison with more energizing competitors.

It’s additionally on the smaller facet of medium, which suggests rising households would possibly outgrow the CX-5 rapidly in the event that they abruptly must load in a number of prams and youngster seats, or if rising quantities of kid-related baggage develop into an excessive amount of of a squeeze.

With all that stated, the CX-5 stays true to the hallmarks which have made it a favorite amongst Australian new automobile patrons. It’s engaging, enjoyable to drive, nicely made and nicely featured.

Like most of its stablemates, it would make you suppose twice about searching for a premium-badged different.

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