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Drive Life review the new Mazda CX-5

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"Apparently the new CX-5 is going to be the ‘icon car’ for Mazda – it used to be the Mazda6, but they have so much confidence in this car, they feel it is worthy of the title. Although the CX-5 was launched in 2012, it quickly gained market share, and accounts for a quarter of all Mazda New Zealand sales. In 2016, globally they sold 370,000 units – pretty good for a car only launched in 2012. This represents a third of all Mazda sales."


"The new CX-5 embodies more of the evolution of JINBA ITTAI, or driving dynamics to you and I. Part of this includes G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which controls the torque of the engine as well as the suspension and steering, and is supposed to make cornering, steering and car control just that much easier. Big promises being made here. We were shown a side-by-side video of a passenger in a current gen CX-5 and a new gen CX-5 – the difference was noticeable. In the new gen car, the passenger was not being thrown around anywhere near as much the as the new car. "


"Of course, there’s been other improvements as well – in the interior, there are two 2.1amp USB ports in the armrest for the rear passengers, a windscreen-projected HUD for the premium Limited model, a flip-up HUD for the GSX model, a power tailgate (Limited) and the inclusion of Activsense technology, which now includes the ability for the adaptive cruise control to bring the car to a stop. Other safety features include Advanced City Braking system to detect pedestrians."


"Think of a smaller CX-9 – you now have a CX-5. That’s not a bad thing, as the current Mazda family look is a superb design. There is no mistaking it, and it looks stunning."


"My turn for a few twisty roads now – the handling and steering of the new CX-5 is excellent. With G-Vectoring Control, the steering seems to need less input to make things happen, and the car tracks beautifully around bends, no matter how tight or bumpy. Mazda have a winner with GVC – this is an SUV you can confidently chuck around a twisty road."


"We swapped over again, and I decided to test out the back seat. Lots of legroom, even behind my driver who is 6 foot. Comfort too is excellent with supportive seats, and I can see teenagers loving having those two grunty USB ports right in the armrest – these should charge tablets, which need lots of power. The new CX-5 now comes with rear air vents in the back of the centre console. The rear seat also has two recline positions, which is a nice touch on a long trip. Rear windows are now deeper too."


"At one point, I needed to do a U-turn and this showed one of the CX-5’s strengths – it has a very tight turning circle. Handy in the city. At the end of this launch and drive program, both my co-drivers of both days had the same opinion – there was little on the CX-5 you wouldn’t like. After just a couple of days of driving it – even if only for relatively short bursts – it comes across as a competent driver’s SUV."


"A full test on the car is coming, but first impressions are great – another winner for Mazda."