How much does the Mazda CX-5 cost?
Increased pricing is a given for any new version, compounded now by rising production costs and ongoing semiconductor shortages (Ukraine refines around 50 per cent of the global neon gas supply used to power photolithographic lasers that etch computer chips).
Mazda has largely limited the damage this time around, with price rises averaging around $1000, depending on the version.
The range starts at $32,190 plus on-roads for the Maxx variant powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. That’s with a manual transmission, which few will choose and is only offered on this variant. The six-speed auto adds $2000.
The Maxx Sport is the most popular member of the CX-5 cast, accounting for 31 per cent of sales. A front-wheel-drive auto matched to a 2.5-litre engine is real value (compared to the Maxx) at $37,990, rising to $40,490 for the all-wheel-drive version.
It adds LED fog lamps, dual-zone air-conditioning, a centre armrest in the rear seats with a pair of USB charge points, satellite navigation on the 8.0-inch infotainment screen and an auto-dimming rear mirror which will be appreciated by anyone who does any appreciable amount of night driving out of the metropolitan area.
The all-wheel-drive Touring variant is $42,380 and is only available with the 2.5-litre petrol engine.
The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine makes its first appearance in the Touring Active at a cost of $45,680, making the oil-burner $3000 dearer than opting for the 2.5-litre petrol engine.
The GT SP fires up at $48,790 with the 2.5-litre petrol engine and climbs to $51,290 when fitted with a turbocharged version of the same displacement engine.
Finally, the Akera costs $50,680 for the petrol engine, $53,180 with the turbodiesel and $53,680 for the turbocharged petrol.
How safe is the Mazda CX-5?
The CX-5’s five-star safety rating is based on the 2017 ANCAP testing, though Mazda has fettled the features to give it some of the latest technology.
You won’t find a centre airbag to stop the front-seat occupants from clashing heads. You will find night-time pedestrian detection by the autonomous emergency braking, with a detection range from 10-60km/h when driving forwards or 2-8km/h in reverse.
The AEB system itself operates up to 160km/h.
A head-up display is standard across the range, along with LED headlamps.
The Maxx Sport now benefits from traffic sign recognition and the Akera picks up improved LED headlamps with 20 segments that operate independently to illuminate or mask certain sections of the road.
Other standard equipment includes lane-departure warning, a lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors (front sensors are standard on the Touring version and above).