Mazda hasn't been this successful in a long time! The Japanese manufacturer is growing at a two-digit rate. And it's all due to the CX5. The compact SUV was released perfectly timed for the SUV boom and has sold like hot cakes. The second generation hit the streets in 2016.
An important aspect of "Skyactiv technology" is lightweight construction. Less weight improves not only fuel consumption, but also handling characteristics. Inspired by nature, the CX5's design has long, flowing lines.
The CX5's exterior, with its slender headlamps ((16.19)) and protruding radiator grille, differs significantly from its predecessors and the competition.
Under the hood is a special engine -- as is typical of Mazda. Unlike the Skyactiv gasoline engines, which do without turbocharging, the Skyactiv diesel we're testing even has two steps of turbocharging.
The engine produces 129 kilowatts. Relatively low fuel compression is supposed to reduce fuel consumption in everyday driving. According to the New European Driving Cycle test, it needs 5-point-4 liters per 100 kilometers. The two-step turbocharging not only affects performance and fuel consumption, it also influences the driving experience.
Also above-average is the chassis tuning. The CX5 is soft enough to keep uneven roads from being a bother, but it's taut enough to keep from seeming squishy in curves. The steering is very precise and gives good feedback. Good contact with the road is ensured.
Our test car with all-wheel drive and the top equipment package, "SportsLine", costs about 38,000 euros in Germany and is definitely an eyecatcher on German streets.