NEW MAZDA CX-5 SP25T

Stylish, refined SUV moves upmarket in sweeping upgrade and promises to effortlessly fit into your life.

Mazda’s next generation of Skyactiv architecture has now been applied to the 2022 CX-5, further evolving the bodyshell, suspension and seats to enhance ride comfort and reduce road noise. The update also sees the introduction of Mi-Drive drive mode selection, fresh styling and stronger grade differentiation, with this SP25T and the top-spec Takami models capping a seven-strong line-up. For effortless, torque-rich performance and excellent refinement, the 2.5-litre turbo is the engine to have, at once appearing ideally suited to an all-wheel drive all-rounder of this size and weight.

Understated good looks remain a hallmark of Mazda’s renowned Kodo design. This time round, the designers focused on refining the front and rear ends of the CX-5, minimising character lines in favour of reflective body surfaces for a particularly distinguished look.

The front end features a new, more three-dimensional grille and signature wing design that blends with restyled front headlamps. The high-spec SP25T boasts a distinct ‘blackout’ design aesthetic to complement its stronger performance. So the black chrome on the front grille signature wing, and gloss black on the lower bumper sections, wheel arches, door garnishes and door mirrors, give the body a taut, athletic look. The front grille on our tester incorporates red accents while red stitching trims generously-sized black leather seats, steering wheel, gear shift lever and door panels.

Notable cabin improvements include the adoption of a bigger central screen that continues to be driven by a rotary controller and a set of five core buttons. It’s a user-friendly arrangement now complemented by improved graphics and a head-up display.

If you fancy going one better in the CX-5 range, the top-of-the-tree Takami shares the same engine and combines a unified, one-colour exterior with bright silver 19-inch alloys and an interior trimmed in Nappa leather with genuine woodgrain inserts. Commanding a modest $3000 premium, CX-5 Takami further benefits from an Off-Road Mode, which makes driving feel more natural on loose and slippery surfaces.

And for peace of mind, all CX-5 models continue to benefit from the comprehensive Mazdacare programme, which provides a 5-year warranty and 5 years of roadside assistance, in conjunction with three years scheduled servicing at no extra cost.

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