The ‘compact crossover’ is the first car to be built using weight-saving and fuel-efficient technology and as a result, Mazda says it is now cheaper to run than its rivals while offering more power.
Lining the new Mazda CX-5 up against everything from the Nissan Qashqai up to the likes of the Audi A3, Mazda statistics show the various engines offered with the Mazda CX-5 are more frugal than rivals.
Mazda has introduced its SKYACTIV technology for the first time on the CX-5. The name refers to the lightweight materials used, more efficient petrol and diesel engines and gearboxes used in the Mazda CX-5.
The premium CX-5, available in two- or four-wheel drive, is one of the greenest models in the segment as a result.
The most efficient of the Mazda CX-5 engines is the 2.2-litre 150PS diesel in two-wheel drive. The engine delivers 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of just 119g/km – the lowest in the market and low enough to qualify for zero first year road tax.
Claire Andrews, Marketing Director for Mazda UK , said: “Not many cars are built completely new from the ground up – the Mazda CX-5 is. It’s fun-to-drive yet has Mazda’s new technology, SKYACTIV, that gives the car tangible environmental credentials and is a technology for all drivers.”
Mazda also promises the traditionally responsive and ‘fun’ Mazda driving dynamics in the new SUV, citing the likes of the Mazda MX-5 roadster and other popular models in its range.
Andrews added: “Our challenge is to attract those customers who might be considering a VW Tiguan, Kia Sportage, Ford Kuga, Toyota RAV4 or a Volvo XC60 to buy what will be the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle in the segment.”
The new Mazda CX-5 is available to order now and the first deliveries will take place in mid-May at Mazda UK dealerships.