Mazda has updated its popular CX-5 midsize SUV for the 2019 model year, bringing new powertrains, updated infotainment and price hikes between $480 and $1080 across the range.
The key change is the addition of the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the larger CX-9 SUV and 6 sedan/wagon. It produces 170kW of power and a diesel-like 420Nm of torque – it’s available for $2500 extra on the top-tier GT and Akera variants. Don’t worry, as the 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel are still offered.
Other equipment changes include the standard inclusion of Mazda’s full safety suite, which consists of autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam, lane-keep assist and driver attention monitoring. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now feature across the range, while the centre control stack has been redesigned.
Kicking off the range is the Maxx (pricing is at the bottom of the article), available with 115kW/200Nm 2.0-litre and 140kW/252Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engines. Standard equipment includes 17-inch steel wheels, the full safety suite mentioned above, six-speaker sound system, push-button start, leather steering wheel and shift knob, cloth seats, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, electric parking brake, reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio.
Stepping up to the Maxx Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, LED fog lights, rear centre armrest and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. It also gets the option of a 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with AWD.
Above the Maxx Sport is the Touring. On top of the former’s expansive equipment list, it gets a head-up display, keyless entry, front parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, heated electric folding mirrors as well as faux leather/suede seat upholstery.
The second-from-top GT gains the option of the 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine, along with 19-inch alloys, adaptive front lighting, electric sunroof, electric tailgate, 10-way driver and 6-way passenger electric seats, heated front seats, leather trim available in Black or Pure White and a 10-speaker Bose sound system.
Perched at the top of the CX-5 range is the Akera. In addition to the GT’s kit it gains dark-coloured 19-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch TFT driver instrument display, 360-degree camera, adaptive LED headlights, frameless rear-view mirror, ‘Dark Russet’ Nappa leather trim, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, wood inserts, ambient LED interior lighting and black headlining.
The updated 2019 Mazda CX-5 goes on sale this month.
2019 Mazda CX-5 pricing (plus on-road costs):
- Maxx 2.0 petrol manual: $29,770
- Maxx 2.0 petrol auto: $31,770
- Maxx 2.5 AWD petrol: $34,770
- Maxx Sport 2.0 petrol auto: $34,870
- Maxx Sport 2.5 AWD petrol: $37,870
- Maxx Sport 2.2 AWD diesel: $40,870
- Touring 2.5 AWD petrol: $39,470
- Touring 2.2 AWD diesel: $42,470
- GT 2.5 AWD petrol: $44,470
- GT 2.2 AWD diesel: $47,470
- GT 2.5 AWD turbo petrol: $46,970
- Akera 2.5 AWD petrol: $46,670
- Akera 2.2 AWD diesel: $49,670
- Akera 2.5 AWD turbo petrol: $49,170