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Love an SUV? Here’s why Mazda’s new CX-5 is still top of the class

Receiving more than a face lift, but not a completely new design, the next gen Mazda CX-5 has hit the streets. But are the changes enough to ensure it maintains its position as Australia’s most popular SUV? Here are just some of the new bits worth noticing.

More room, less noise, superior comfort

Adhering to the adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, the new CX-5 differs little from older models. However, with a roomier, quieter and more comfortable cabin, and more modern styling, it continues to hold its own in the lower priced mid-sized SUV market.

Engine and transmission options haven’t changed, but with a quieter engine and additional sound-deadening, the cabin is low on tyre and wind noise, ensuring your ride is as whisper quiet as possible. That said, front wheel drive CX-5s are noisier on acceleration, but at highway speeds are as quiet as the proverbial mouse.

Throw in comfortable seats, room for two child seats in the back and a 442L boot and you’re sure to move the entire family with ease.

High standards across the range

All models come standard with analogue and digital radio receivers, Aux and USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity and six speakers. Everything’s controllable from a 7-inch touchscreen with support for radio integration through Pandora, Stitcher and Aha. Critics point out the touchscreen doesn’t operate as a touchscreen once the car is in motion, however wheel controls come as standard.

Reversing camera and rear parking sensors are also included, along with rear cross-traffic alert and electronic stability control. Emergency braking works at low and medium speeds, and blind-spot monitoring and six airbags ensure the safety of everyone on board.

Still an affordable option

With prices ranging from $28,690 for the base spec model (manual transmission) to $49,990 for the top-level model, the new CX-5’s still a high performer on price. Combined with a three-year warranty with no limit on distance and it definitely remains an SUV worth test driving.