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Mazda CX-5 2017 Review

Published on Jul 5th 2017 Daragh Ó Tuama 496 views

This is Car Buyers Guide's review of the 2017 Mazda CX-5. These are Daragh Ó Tuama's first impressions. We visited Barcelona for the international press launch of Mazda's latest take of the KODO designed CX-5. This car should arrive in Ireland on June the first and the entry-level price for the Irish market will be €28,895.

Mazda tells us that the all-new Mazda CX-5 is about sophistication, style and driver involvement. We can't really disagree with them.

While the appearance of the new CX-5 may not be too far off the outgoing model, the new car looks beefier, more-aggressive and stronger than before.

The car handles very well, and despite its height, body roll is not a major problem. Changes to the body include a much more defined grill and sleeker sides. The interior is more driver-focused. The centre armrest is wider, the infotainment screen now sits on the dash, and the cabin is much better insulated in terms of sound.

The new Mazda CX-5 also features G-Vectoring Control - This system uses the engine, transmission and the chassis to help the car respond more to the driver and the road. It varies the amount of engine torque delivered to each wheel, it also monitors the driver's steering - so, when you enter a corner, the car reduces torque to the front wheels which means that more friction and weight goes to the front axle. This in turn, increases tyre grip, thus allowing the front wheels to have more grip - which results in a more precise turn. Through the corner manoeuvre, the G-Vectoring Control then transfers weight to the rear wheels after recovering engine drive torque. This transfer of weight to the rear enhances the car's stability.

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