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Stylish urban crawler

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The low profile tyres are not that great on any kind of off-road driving, so this one would be better suited to the school run, which it can do rather quickly with its array of efficient powerful engines, with the spunky 2.2 tdi doing over 200km easily.

It is priced very favourably, starting at 320k for the two litre front wheel drive; you’re getting plenty of car for your money. The boot it is a little on tight side, with the slanting back roof making space an issue for bigger families.

The CX-5 initially launched in 2012 was the first vehicle to introduce Mazda’s KODO-Soul of Motion design to the South African market.

Mazda's managing director, David Hughes said: "Our new-generation models have proven very popular among customers. The updated CX-5 reflects our latest technologies and the new-generation line-up responds to the needs of an even wider range of customers. Moving forward, we will continue refining our new-generation models to enrich people's lives and build a strong and lasting bond between Mazda and our customers."

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is the first Mazda model in South Africa to adopt the Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) on the Individual and Akera models, a new-generation headlamp system which implements LED array glare-free high beam technology. With an LED array, the LED light source for the high beams is divided into four blocks which can be switched on and off independently. The system uses a camera to detect the headlamps of oncoming vehicles or the taillights of cars ahead, and turns off only the light-source block which is illuminating in the specific direction of the other vehicles. This makes it possible to drive with the high beams on at all times, significantly improving visibility when driving at night, without dazzling the drivers of other vehicles.

ALH also features wide-distribution low beams. By adding an LED light source to the side of the headlamps, wide-distribution low beams expand the area of illumination on either side of the vehicle, illuminating areas traditional headlamps cannot. This makes it easier to see pedestrians and other obstacles at intersections at night. In addition, ALH utilises the motor of the headlamps' auto-levelling mechanism to automatically raise the axis of lighting when travelling at highway speeds, making it easier to see road signs and obstacles as early as possible.

The model line-up continues with the 2.0-litre and a 2.5-litre petrol engines as well as two versions of the 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. In both manual and automatic transmissions of the SKYACTIV, the body and chassis deliver precise responsiveness coupled with efficient engine performance.

The 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine has received improvement on the power and torque to deliver a sporty 121kW of power and 210Nm of torque, using only 6.4 litres of fuel every 100km. The muscular 2.5 litre petrol engine punches out 141kW and 256Nm, yet uses just 7.4 litres of fuel per 100km. In these SKYACTIV-G petrol engines, the precise direct injection’s multi-hole system minimises fuel use. A unique piston design helps achieve more efficient combustion of the fuel and air mix – boosting power and lowering emissions. A major reduction of internal friction liberates extra free-revving power, while a free-breathing 4-2-1 exhaust layout enhances efficiency.

Meanwhile, cumulative production of the Mazda CX-5 surpassed one million units at the end of April 2015. Taking only three years and five months since production commenced in November 2011, the CX-5 is the second fastest Mazda model to reach the milestone one-million-unit mark, following the Mazda3.

Production of the CX-5, which was the first of Mazda's new-generation models to feature SKYACTIV Technology and KODO-Soul of Motion, began at Ujina Plant in Hiroshima, Japan, but has since been expanded to include manufacturers in China Russia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Since April 2015 t has won more than 60 different awards around the world, including the prestigious Car of the Year Japan in 2012-2013. I’d give it a solid 7/10, with improved build quality and tasty acceleration catching the eye.

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