The new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover has been fitted with Smart City Brake Support, new technology that scans the road ahead and automatically applies the brakes if it senses a collision is imminent.
At lower speeds, the system can help to avoid collisions, particularly in city areas, and as a result the Mazda CX-5 has not been rated as safer than before.
For drivers, it means up to £50 off insurance costs every year after every model in the new Mazda CX-5 range dropped into a lower insurance group.
“Although any change in premium depends on many factors that insurers evaluate, even a small reduction in group rating has the potential to cut insurance costs,” comments David Wilson-Green, Aftersales Director, Mazda UK. “We anticipate that the lowered group ratings for CX-5 could result in annual savings up to £50 on some models for our customers.”
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) was the group behind the change which saw safety technology rewarded in the form of lower insurance ratings.
The new Mazda CX-5 is compact SUV built using the Japanese car maker’s new ‘green’ philosophy, named SkyActiv.
This includes new build processes, lightweight materials, frugal petrol and diesel engines and even new transmissions.
By bringing all of these fuel-saving technologies together, Mazda has managed to bring down CO2 emissions in the CX-5 to 119g/km – or Band B of UK road tax.
Fuel economy in the most efficient engine – the 150PS diesel in two-wheel drive – is 61.4mpg. A 2.0-litre petrol emitting 139g/km and a 2.2-litre, 175PS diesel delivering 144g/km of CO2 emissions are also available.
The new Mazda CX-5, which is kitted out with an executive level of specification is also available in four-wheel drive.
Mazda CX-5 prices start from £21,395, rising to £28,995 for the highest-specification models. For more information on the Mazda CX-5 contact your nearest Mazda dealership.