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8 August 2018: Time for a change already?

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Current Mileage 8276
Fuel consumption 44.2mpg

It may be little more than a year since the second-generation CX-5 went on sale, but already the winds of change are blowing.

Mazda has updated the CX-5 with changes to the 2.2-litre diesel engine (the same engine that powers my car), increased active safety equipment across the range (which will do no harm to those insurance costs that I mentioned here) and, for the first time, the introduction of an automatic petrol model.

The CX-5 is now the best-selling Mazda in the UK and since June 2017 more than 3600 of them have been registered.

This updated version is on sale from the end of this month (31 August to be precise) and sees 10 derivatives now make up the CX-5 model range with SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav+ trim levels. Unchanged is the availability of Mazda’s SKYACTIV six-speed manual and SKYACTIV six-speed automatic transmissions and the option of i-ACTIV all-wheel drive. Added to that is a 165ps SKYACTIV 2WD automatic - the first time that you’ve been able to match a petrol engine to an automatic gearbox in a CX-5 in the UK. This front-wheel drive 2.0-litre 165ps SKYACTIV-G petrol engine is available in SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav+ trim.

The 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV diesel that powers my CX-5 is the mainstay of the range, so it’s no surprise to see that that Mazda claims it has also been enhanced with a modified combustion chamber, new piezo injectors, a revised two-stage turbocharger and a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) System. Mazda says that the engine adopts rapid multi-stage combustion with ultra-high response piezo injectors, while a revised combustion chamber minimises heat transition between the fuel and piston to improve efficiency. Changes to the water flow management help the engine warm up quicker to reduce emissions and Adblue has been introduced. This applies to both power outputs of the 2.2-litre engine.

Speaking of which, the higher output 2.2-litre has just got that bit beefier with engine power rising from 175PS to 184PS and torque increasing 25Nm to 445Nm. There’s also a new two-stage twin turbo that adopts variable geometry that increases boost from mid to high revs improving power and torque.

There’s little to report on exterior styling changes, aside from a new design of 19-inch Metallic alloy wheel on Sport Nav+.

Inside, there’s some minor changes. All models feature LED headlights, auto power-folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, DAB radio and a 7-inch colour touch-screen display with Mazda’s integrated navigation. Sport Nav+ cars add to this with a reversing camera, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Smart keyless entry, plus heated front seats and steering wheel. New for 2018 on Sport Nav+ models is a power lift tailgate and a a new heads-up display that projects directly onto the windscreen and features Traffic Sign Recognition.

Additional safety equipment is the other big news with Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic alert, Smart Brake Support, High Beam Control and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning now standard across the range. A360 view camera and Adaptive LED Headlamps are now part of an optional safety pack on Sport Nav+ models.

While the winds of change blowing through these updates may be more of a light Summer breeze than anything that will trouble the Beaufort Scale, it does offer tangible - if incremental - improvements on the car that’s been on sale since June 2017.

Pricing and emissions of 2018 Mazda CX-5

SKYACTIV-G Petrol

‘On the road’ (OTR) Retail Price

CO2 Emissions

Difference in CO2 from outgoing car

Mazda CX-5 2.0 165ps 2WD SE-L Nav+

£24,795

146

-3

Mazda CX-5 2.0 165ps 2WD SE-L Nav+ Auto

£26,295

150

N/a

Mazda CX-5 2.0 165ps 2WD Sport Nav+

£28,295

146

-3

Mazda CX-5 2.0 165ps 2WD Sport Nav+ Auto

£29,795

150

N/a

SKYACTIV-D Diesel

     

Mazda CX-5 2.2 150ps 2WD SE-L Nav+

£26,695

130

-2

Mazda CX-5 2.2 150ps 2WD SE-L Nav+ Auto

£28,495

143

-4

Mazda CX-5 2.2 150ps 2WD Sport Nav+

£29,695

130

-2

Mazda CX-5 2.2 150ps 2WD Sport Nav+ Auto

£31,495

143

-4

Mazda CX-5 2.2 184ps AWD Sport Nav+

£34,395

137

-5

Mazda CX-5 2.2 184ps AWD Sport Nav+ Auto

£34,395

147

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