Juliet Reviews…the Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 has been one of my favourite family SUVs for the longest time. I always highly recommend it to any family looking in this segment. It also happens to be the third best-selling family SUV on the market, taken over only by the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Toyota RAV4. The CX-5 is a car that offer so much in terms of comfort and quality, not to mention the array of models on offer. And now Mazda has introduced another model to add to its line-up in the form of the CX-5 2.0L Carbon Edition.



The Carbon Edition has replaced the Individual model and is based on it. But it adds a bit more flair and sportiness to the package. It has gloss black mirrors as well as black 19-inch alloy wheels. And then inside it boasts subtle red stitching on the seats, gearlever, knee pads and steering wheel. There is also a black film on the dashboard and my personal favourite is the leather/suede combination upholstery that comes standard. If you love the smell of leather or the smell of suede, you will love it as much as I do. It gives the cabin a very expensive smell.


The Carbon Edition comes in six colours, namely Snowflake White Pearl, Sonic Silver, Machine Grey, Soul Red Crystal, Polymetal Grey and Jet Black.




The Carbon Edition comes with the same 2.0L SKYACTIV-G engine offered on the current 2L range. It produces 121 kW and 213 Nm of torque. The engine is punchy enough and feels refined, until you push it under hard acceleration. Then it tends to be a bit vocal and intrudes in to the cabin a bit. But that momentary, once the automatic transmission settles, it is all smooth sailing from then on.

The ride might be a bit firm for some, this is thanks to the 19-inch alloys, unfortunately. But I don’t think too many customers will find it a problem. I certainly didn’t and I am usually quite sensitive to a harsh ride. Especially when it come sin a family car.




Interior space is good, especially in the rear. Even with a baby seat in the back, the front passenger won’t have to sit with their knees under their chin. And the baby won’t have legs climbing up the back seat. This is my gauge at this point. The boot is on the smaller side within the segment at 424-litres. It is not that it is too small, but rather, when compared to the likes of the RAV4 that sits at almost 700-litres, one has to take this in to consideration. Especially seeing as this is a family car.




The pricing of the Mazda CX-5 range starts at just under R460 000, but the Carbon Edition is priced at R574 300. The Mazda CX -5 range comes standard with a 3-year unlimited kilometer service plan.

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