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2017 Mazda CX-5 First Generation Review

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Generation Review

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Generation Road Test and Review…

With the latest version of Mazda‘s hugely successful CX-5 reaching buyers across the country, I have noticed some dealers are advertising run-out prices to clear their stock of the old models.

If you could get a cracking deal on one of the outgoing Mazda CX-5s, would it be worth your while? Well, to help you make up your mind, here’s another look at the car that’s just been superseded.

If you ever wondered why Mazda’s mid-size SUV proved so popular, just take one for a drive. Then it quickly makes sense.

Production of the original CX-5 began in November 2011, introducing a range of medium sized SUVs featuring SKYACTIVE technology and the famed KODO design.

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Generation ReviewAnd while the CX5 has been around for a while, and is now replaced by the new model, it has been enormously successful.

Not surprising really, as it’s practical, well built, has excellent fit and finish, and is a great vehicle to drive.

Sales figures tell the story. Mazda says the CX-5 reached production of 1 million units in April 2015, and total production reached approximately 1.57 million units by October last year.

With global sales increasing every year, it’s reported the Mazda CX-5 now accounts for about a quarter of the company’s annual sales volume worldwide.

When the car was launched in Australia it quickly became a best-seller, and most reviewers agree that changes to the latest version are evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

The 2017 model promises to be quieter and more comfortable – but I had no complaints about the one I drove.

Build quality and fit and finish were of a typical Mazda standard, and although there’s no doubting the good looks of the 2017 version, there’s still plenty to like about the outgoing model.

Room? There’s lots, comfortable too. And well equipped.

The model I drove, the Akera AWD, boasted all the mod-cons, Bluetooth, cruise-control, reverse camera, stop/start, sat-nav and a voice prompt, sternly advising that a speed or red light camera is nearby.

The infotainment system works seamlessly, and the controls are easy to find and use while on the move… and of course, the steering wheel has buttons giving you access to music and the phone.

Upholstery and the contrasting surrounding colours were extremely up-market.

Bear in my mind though that in the superseded CX-5, you will not be getting the latest cabin treatment, with its soft touch plastics, expanded equipment grades – there are five of them – as well as added safety gear, and a slightly longer body.

So if you’re in the market for a medium sized SUV that has won significant market share since its introduction, you can opt for the recently released Next-Gen CX-5, or go bargain hunting for one that’s just superseded.

After my week with the outgoing Mazda CX-5, it’s clear the company’s design team had their work cut out to improve on it, and if a run-out deal fits your budget, you could certainly do worse!

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Generation ReviewNot convinced? Check out our review of the all-new second-gen Mazda CX-5 here.

For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Mazda KE CX-5.

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About Peter Hitchener 64 Articles
Peter is a recent addition to the team, coming on as a writer and co-host of the podcast in the past year. Peter is a familiar face to Victorians as anchor of Nine News in Melbourne for 17 years. Before that, he had a history in radio as a broadcaster at 3AW, 3AK, 4BH and the ABC. Learning to drive on the farm as a kid, Peter was always drawn in by the look and design of cars. A passionate enthusiast, he loves anything with four wheels and a motor and has owned and driven countless vehicles in his lifetime.

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