Particularly, attention was paid to design, dynamic performance, functionality, environmental and safety performance to offer customers a stylish vehicle with a predictable and responsive driving experience - insightful features, useful to the customer’s driving pleasure.
Through SKYACTIV Technology; more power, more torque and more kilometres per litre are possible by creating overall vehicle efficiency. Safety, spaciousness and style are even better than before. 

"In this day and age, being environmentally friendly is a given. We want to offer our customers outstanding environmental and safety performance together with driving enjoyment. To ensure that we can do so, Mazda has completely renewed all the basic elements of the car, from the powertrain including engine and transmission, to the body and the chassis. The first of Mazda's new generation of products to fully incorporate our SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is the CX-5. As we launch new products moving forward, Mazda will continue to offer all customers driving enjoyment combined with outstanding environmental and safety performance". Says David Hughes – MD of Mazda South Africa

The winning combination of class-beating fuel economy, fun -to-drive Mazda performance and safety along with one of the most comfortable and flexible interiors in its segment have made the Mazda CX-5 incredibly popular with consumers worldwide.
Now with the all-new Mazda petrol and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, SKYACTIV body and chassis; the CX-5 delivers precise response and a high-quality, rewarding ride matched to outstanding environmental and safety performance.

Model line-upThe Mazda CX-5 range is as follows:  
2.0L Active FWD Manual• 2.0L Active FWD Automatic

2.0L Dynamic FWD Manual

2.2L DE Active FWD Automatic

2.5L Individual FWD Automatic

2.2L DE Akera AWD Automatic

The CX-5 is designed and built to the highest standard of performance and reliability. This standard is backed up by a 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty. To provide complete peace of mind motoring, a 3-year roadside assistance, a 3-year service plan and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty are also included.


 Design – Form that conveys a strong sense of vitality and agilityThe first incarnation of ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’

The exterior design features bold styling that simultaneously expresses SUV-like solidity and functionality with Mazda’s characteristic sense of vitality and agility. Inside, Mazda created a driver-oriented cabin with solid styling that reflects the CX-5’s strength and high rigidity.


Front view: a new Mazda family face centred on a new ‘signature wing’ expresses strength and depth.

Rear view: The contrast of prominent rear fenders and taut rear end conveys toughness and grace that underline its athletic form.

Side view: The prominent front fenders and sculptured body sides accentuate a sense of power which suggests powerful muscles.

The exterior design contributes to excellent aerodynamics and a quite cabin. 


The driver’s side, especially the meter hood, has a deep, longitudinally stretched design that resembles a cockpit and produces a sense of forward momentum. The detailed, high-quality meter design raises the driver’s anticipation for the ride ahead.

On the passenger side, the instrument panel looks ample and solid, with a horizontal design that generates a sense of security. 

New soft materials are adopted for the instrument panel and door trim that are most often seen and touched. 

Parts that are used most often, like the steering wheels spokes and inner door handles, have a satin chrome finish, which enhances the high-quality, genuine feel of the interior



Concentrate on the essentials to maximize useable spaceHighly functional packaging created by a human-centred concept

The development team thoroughly researched what features are needed to deliver comfort and convenience, and focused on providing flexibility that drivers and passengers can enjoy with ease. The development team realized a comfortable and user-friendly interior with noticeably efficient use of space and intelligent functionality. Presenting information in an intuitive and easy-to-understand way that can be read in an instant, in order to minimize the driver’s eye movement, we created a cockpit environment that aids driver concentration.

Spacious, practical and smart

The 2,700 mm wheelbase, one of the segment’s longest, enabled streamlined styling and a comfortable cabin.• Class-leading rear seat legroom of 997 mm. Spacious rear seats in which adult passengers can ride in comfort with ample knee space. 

Smart, easy-to-use KARAKURI functionality. The 40:20:40 split independent rear seats with a remote fold-down function. The rear centre seat creates a large flat luggage space when folded down. The tonneau cover automatically lifts up and down as the rear lift gate is opened and closed.

As well as comfortably accommodating two adults, the 40:20:40 split rear seats enable long objects to be loaded by folding the centre seat down flat, even with two child seats installed on both sides. The rear seats can be folded down remotely by a simple flick of levers located at the back of the luggage area.

Provides generous storage capacity demanded of an SUV, including a large open space in the centre console that can hold all sorts of items, and front and rear door pockets large enough to take a 1-litre bottle.

Advanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) with high connectivity and intuitive operation

Mazda CX-5’s HMI system improves safety by minimizing the driver’s eye movement away from the road. 

The menu controls for the steering-wheel-mounted switches are arranged according to function.• A 5.8-inch colour touch screen monitor is positioned in the centre at the top of the dashboard, and shows data related to the infotainment system — including audio, phone connection.For high connectivity, customers can connect their mobile MP3 players or mobile phone via USB or Bluetooth® connection* to the HMI system. Searching for your favourite song is made easy as title; album and artist will be displayed on touch screen.

The Individual and Akera derivatives come standard with a BOSE® surround-sound system.



Precise response that provides a confidence-inspiring, premium-quality and rewarding ride
Introducing the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY

The development team focused on creating a cockpit environment to communicate the driver’s intention to the vehicle. To enable linear operation, they optimized every point of contact between car and driver including driving position, pedals, steering wheel, seat hold, and field-of-view. 

The superb ride quality of the CX-5, and its precise response, can be felt the instant the steering wheel and pedals are operated, and this feeling intensifies the more one drives it.

SKYACTIV Chassis & Body

CX-5 equipped with strut suspension in the front and a multi-link layout in the rear. The geometry of the suspension links and the bush characteristics are optimized to ensure light, linear steering response at mid-to-low speeds and excellent high-speed stability. The rear dampers also have a forward-tilting layout, increasing comfort even on rough road surfaces.

Electric power assist steering system offers highly precise control according to vehicle speed. At mid-to-low speeds, it provides natural feedback and linear feeling from small to large angle inputs. At high speeds, it gives firm, confidence-inspiring feedback.

The brakes deliver easily-controllable, precise and assured braking performance from low speeds to high speeds. 

The lightweight yet rigid SKYACTIV-BODY framework is optimized for handling stability, low NVH and excellent collision safety performance. It supports the CX-5’s rewarding and high-quality, responsive ride. 

Care was taken with NVH to ensure the driver hears necessary audio feedback while actively eliminating intrusive noises. Noises were initially separated into road noise and engine noise. For each, the unpleasant low-frequency, mid-frequency and high-frequency noises were individually identified and efficiently eradicated, resulting in a quiet cabin environment.

To achieve smooth airflow under the vehicle and suppress eddies forming behind it, the air is directed upwards using a new underfloor design. The development team effectively reduced underfloor air resistance and optimized the aerodynamic shape of 

SKYACTIV Powertrains 

The SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engine and the all–new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 petrol engine models have compression ratio of 13.0:1, and their 4-2-1 exhaust system that prevents knocking and provides abundant torque from low engine speeds, enabling acceleration that precisely matches the driver’s intention. Models with this engine achieve outstanding fuel economy, precise response, and a high-quality, linear and rewarding ride:

SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engine modelsMaximum torque is 200 Nm at 4,000rpm and maximum power is 114 kW at 6,000rpm. Fuel consumption is 6.4 litres per 100 km (combined) and CO2 emission is 149g/km for manual transmission model and 148g/km for automatic transmission model.              

The all-new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 petrol engine modelsMaximum torque is 250Nm at 3,250rpm and maximum power is 138 kW at 5,700rpm. Fuel consumption is 7.0 litres per 100 km (combined) and CO2 emission is 160g/km.

The all-new SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine models have a compression ratio of 14.0:1A highly efficient two-stage turbocharger that delivers spirited and linear acceleration and exhilarating driving dynamics that surpass conventional diesel-engine vehicles. They also achieve outstanding fuel economy for a compact SUV with extremely clean emissions without the need of any NOx after-treatment systems. 

Two variants of the engine are available:

- 110Kw and a maximum of 380 Nm of torque is available on the 2.2l active FWD Automatic version,fuel consumption is 5.7 litres per 100 km (combined) and CO2 emission is 151g/km

- 129Kw and a maximum of 420 Nm of torque is available on the 2.2l Akera AWD Automatic version

Environmental and Safety Performance

Innovative environmental and safety features that support dynamic performance

The CX-5 uses the full array of SKYACTIV Technologies to achieve outstanding fuel economy and emissions performance without sacrificing its fun-to-drive character. In terms of safety, Mazda’s fundamental approach is to “inspire peace-of-mind and confidence in order to enhance driving pleasure.” Based on this approach, Mazda engineers worked to advance the vehicle’s core performance attributes of “driving, turning and stopping” as well as visibility and operability. Thanks to the lightweight and highly-rigid SKYACTIV-BODY, the CX-5 provides excellent collision performance that is conceived to attain top ratings in crash tests around the world.

Environmental Performance

The SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission with its new lock-up clutch, achieves lock-up in almost all driving conditions. This reduces transmission slip significantly and contributes to fuel efficiency. It is available for both petrol and diesel engines. 

Mazda’s idling-stop system, i-stop, helps to further improve real-world fuel economy and available for both SKYACTIV-G and -D. 

Single-nanotechnology in the catalyst improves exhaust gas after-treatment performance and reduces the amount of precious metals required. 

The CX-5 is one of the lightest and most aerodynamic vehicles in its class, which contributes to its outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. 

Safety Performance

The base of the A-pillars has been optimized to ensure excellent forward visibility on winding roads and at junctions. The side mirrors are mounted on the doors themselves to create a gap between the mirrors and A-pillars through which drivers can check their surroundings.

The lightweight, highly-rigid SKYACTIV-BODY provides excellent collision performance and is conceived to attain top ratings in crash tests around the world. 

A multi-load path structure and a front end with cross-shaped cross-section increases crash energy absorption, further improving safety performance in frontal, side and rear-end collisions. 

The anti-whiplash design of the front seats helps to reduce neck injury in the event of a rear-end collision. 

There are two impact beams in the front doors. The upper beam has a round cross-section, and the lower beam has a double-ridged cross-section. The lower rear beam also has a double-ridged cross-section, helping to improve strength. 

Model line-upThe Mazda CX-5 range is as follows:  
2.0L Active FWD Manual

2.0L Active FWD Automatic

2.0L Dynamic FWD Manual

2.2L DE Active FWD Automatic

2.5L Individual FWD Automatic

2.2L DE Akera AWD Automatic

The CX-5 is designed and built to the highest standard of performance and reliability. This standard is backed up by a 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty. To provide complete peace of mind motoring, a 3-year roadside assistance, a 3-year service plan and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty are also included.

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