Car tester Sascha Knapp is trying out Germany's best-selling Mazda, the C-X-5. It's been given a facelift for 20-16. With almost 19-thousand units sold in 20-15, it's a cash cow for the maker. Among all Mazda's cars, he says, it has the highest starting price.
The facelift promises to make the C-X-5 even more lucrative, says Sascha. It has a new, stronger gasoline-powered engine and new extras that can easily push the price up to around 40-thousand euros.
About half the buyers opt for all-wheel drive, and some forty percent choose the C-X-5's top-line package.
He tested the gasoline engine with all-wheel drive. Its 118 kilowatts of power can push the car from zero to a hundred kilometers per hour in 9-point-two seconds.
Mazda rates consumption at 6-point-6 liters per hundred kilometers.
The engine is not the only thing that's new. Mazda has given the CX-5 a new look, as well, with LED head- and taillights. Starting with its Exclusive Line series, adaptive headlights that automatically reduce glare for oncoming traffic are also available.
Sascha Knapp stresses that the C-X-5 was Mazda's bestseller, because it has the potential for it. It has plenty of cargo space and seating for four people. Mazda's next big hit may well be the C-X-3. It's a little smaller, but also a bit more affordable.
The C-X-3 has been in showrooms since last June as a smaller S-U-V alternative to its big brother, the C-X-5.