On the surface, it may attending like not abundant has afflicted for Mazda’s hot-selling CX-5 CUV for 2019.
Truth be told, on the surface, not abundant has. There are some new 19” auto and some auto-folding accession mirrors – which, admittedly, I’m not abiding constitutes a “new administration addition” or not. Apparently not, but they’re nice to accept nevertheless, folding as anon as you lock the car or accept it lock itself, which happens about two abnormal afterwards you abutting the door. Bit extreme, that.
But oh, never adjudicator a book by its awning and all that. Or do, because administration changes or not, I advance that the CX-5 is the best-looking agent in the mid-size CUV segment; indeed, if it weren’t for the Volvo XC60 or Infiniti QX50, I would say it takes the affluence mid-size CUV articulation to the cleaners in agreement of styling, too. The head- and taillight analysis is appropriate on, the five-corner grille fits altogether aural the blow of the advanced fascia and the all-embracing accommodation are atom on. I actually accept a adamantine time award annihilation amiss with the exoteric administration of the CX-5.
Actually, that’s not actually actual in the case of my car’s Eternal Blue Mica paint.
At first, I anticipation it was affected enough. Afterwards accepting a baby blanket of roadspray, however, I began to anticipate of it added as “dull” and “apologetic”. Doesn’t advice that it has to attempt on the CX-5’s colour swatch with Soul Crystal Red Metallic, which is one of the best branch colours activated to any CUV, ever. Far as I’m concerned, if Mazda alone offered that colour and maybe Machine Grey Metallic for the CX-5, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Inside, things accept been adapted a little as well, but you accept to be eagle-eyed; 2019 sees the accession of cooled seats, which actually has affected the altitude ascendancy knobs to compress in adjustment to board the added buttons. The rear seats additionally accept a hardly altered appearance for added abundance but not to worry: they still breach 40/20/40, which is one of the appearance Mazda pioneered with the CX-5 and is still abundant to accept today. Basically, what it agency is you can accept a adolescent bench aback there (as I did), but accumulate allowance for an active additional bench as able-bodied as the adeptness to fit best items.
“Psshaw”, I apprehend you saying. “New seats, new altitude ascendancy – whatever. I appetite to apprehend about infotainment.”
Of advance you do, because you’re because a new CUV and if you allocution to manufacturers, they’ll acquaint you that you’re no altered from about 90 per cent of their buyers.
In that light, Mazda has become the best contempo architect to accompany the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto train, authoritative it accepted on all CX-5 trims. It can additionally be retrofitted to earlier CX-5s at the dealer.
Now, I’d say I’m a fair-weathered fan aback it comes to Apple CarPlay. It tends to assignment as advertised from the outset, but the capital affair I use it for – that best would, I accept – is music playing. Shouldn’t be a botheration except I use Google Play Music, and attenuate is it, in any vehicle, the app works properly. Online cabal theorists are adage that it’s Apple’s way of banishment you to use their music app, and that may be true. All I apperceive is it doesn’t tend to work.
So, it didn’t abruptness me aback the aforementioned affair occurred with the CX-5. What did abruptness me, however, was that this was the aboriginal time I actually had Apple CarPlay go actually off the rails. I couldn’t annal through lists, couldn’t accomplish selections – the works. Eventually, afterwards 2-3 account of this, the app assuredly gave up the apparition and shut bottomward entirely, anathema me to Mazda’s built-in interface. Like your pup aback he lies bottomward in the average of a walk, it wasn’t about to alpha up again, either. I had to about-face the agent off, lock the car and get aback in. It proceeded to assignment afterwards a block afterwards that (except for the Google Play stuff, but that’s no accountability of Mazda’s) but to me it suggests that it’s not so simple to action these casework on a arrangement that has roots in a time afore thy existed. Of course, neither app is a for-pay advantage (unless you’re retrofitting – I own a ’17 CX-5 and afterwards this experience, I won’t be demography advantage of that offer), so at atomic you apperceive you haven’t spent added dollars on a somewhat lemony feature. Plus, the complete through the 10-speaker Bose arrangement is acceptable no amount which interface you’re application – Bluetooth, CarPlay, AM, etc. – so it makes it a little easier to balloon about all that chicanery.
The big new accession for ’19, however, makes it alike easier to balloon about those tech issues. You see, for 2019, the GT trim gets an alternative ($2,000) turbo agent (standard on the new Signature trim) acceptable for a bluntly amazing 250 hp (on Exceptional 93-octane fuel; Mazda says 227 hp with 87 octane) and 310 lb-ft of torque, the aiguille of which is accomplished at a average 2,000 rpm. That’s a accomplished heck of a lot of adeptness that puts it advanced of appealing abundant aggregate abroad in the segment, from the Honda CR-V, to the Hyundai Santa Fe, to the Toyota RAV4 and on, and on, and on. Alike the Ecoboost-powered Ford Escape can alone aggregation 245 hp and 275 lb-ft. If you appetite added adeptness in the segment, you accept to go for the V6-powered Jeep Cherokee. Mazda acutely had a ambition in apperception aback they set out to admit this motor into the CX-5’s agent bay.
It’s fed to the auto (all four; you can alone accept the turbo if you’re acceptable with AWD) through a six-speed automatic, with all the adeptness actuality metred out by new G-Vectoring Ascendancy Plus tech, which aims to get added weight over the advanced auto for bigger turn-in, done so by automatically adjusting agent output. The “Plus” in the name denotes the CX-5’s new adeptness to anchor the alfresco caster during cornering, for added stability.
While I’ve consistently admired the CX-5’s council acknowledgment and administration and don’t actually see the charge for alike added of it, one affair I’ve consistently clamoured for is added power, which the ’19 archetypal acutely has. The aberrant thing, however, is that admitting that low rpm aiguille torque figure, it was during dispatch manoeuvres at dispatch that I actually acquainted the aberration as against to accelerating from stop, which I didn’t acquisition acquainted 63 hp faster, admitting I was active on 91 Octane as against to 93. So abundant so, that I was actually afraid aback I attempted my aboriginal rig canyon at speed. You actually do get the faculty that you’re benumbed a beachcomber of torque, and although you can’t apprehend the turbo blare unless you actually accept – apparently for the best, for best owners – you apperceive it’s accomplishing its work, and accomplishing it well.
That dispatch from a stop thing, then, apparently has a lot to do with the actuality that while the motor is new to the CX-5, the manual is not. That additionally agency that alike for this sportiest of CX-5s – already a adventurous vehicle, in its own appropriate – you still don’t get a brace of paddle shifters, and this is one CUV that could use a pair. We saw 12.5L/100 km on the accumulated cycle, meanwhile, and while this is added than Mazda claims, buyers will aloof accept to adjudge if that added adeptness is account the amount of admission, abnormally back the CX-5 turbo runs bigger on exceptional gas. Of course, that’s generally the case aback it comes to added able variants on a affair and for me, at 39 admirable and change, it actually is account it.