Mazda CX-5 Akera Turbo awd SUV 2022 Motoring Minute Review

We drive the Mazda CX-5 on a road test review

Mazda CX-5 is a perennial buyer favourite amongst the medium size SUV segment. Updated in January this year the CX-5 is Mazda’s bestselling SUV.

Mazda CX-5 Akera Turbo 2022 front qtr Pricing starts at $32,190, through to the Akera Turbo model that we tested for $53,180 plus the usual costs.

The recent updates include a new front-end design, and improved comfort and dynamic performance across the line-up.

Mazda CX-5 Akera Turbo 2022 front driver instruments

The CX-5 is popular for a reason, it’s incredibly comfortable inside with an upright seating position, plenty of features both inside and out that benefit the driver.

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Revised engine performance allows smooth and responsive performance, especially from the turbo model. It’s no sports car but no slouch either. The ride is quiet and compliant with revised suspension doing its best to tame our horrible suburban roads.

The latest CX-5 adds Mazda’s intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive), enabling the driver to select from a choice of drive modes. It’s packed with safety features but some are a touch intrusive though.

Mazda CX-5 Akera Turbo 2022 profile

Mazda CX-5 combines practical space with clever features and comfort in a stylish SUV. It definitely should be on your shopping list.

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What is good? What is not so good?
  • Zippy Performance
  • Nice styling
  • Interior comfort

Mazda CX-5 Akera Turbo 2022 engine

Model   

Mazda CX-5 Akera

Model Price $53,180 MLP*
Engine 2.5L 4 Cyl Turbo Petrol
Drivetrain 6 Sp Sports AT i-Activ AWD
Power 170kW @ 5000rpm
Torque 420Nm @ 2000rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (Tested Mar 2017)
CO2 Emissions 191 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 8.2L/100km / 11.1L/100K on test / 58L
0-100kmh/Top Speed 7.7 Secs / TBA kmh
Servicing 12 Mths / 10,000km Fixed price service
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    

82/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing/AWD Capability 7
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

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Dimensions

 
Overall Length (mm) 4550
Wheelbase (mm) 2700
Width / Height (mm) 1840 / 1680
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth (mm) Up to 200  / TBA
Approach / RO / Departure (degrees) N/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 58 Litres / 11mts KTK
Boot Space Min / Max (L) 442 (L) / 1342 (L)
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload (kg) 1718  / 2175 / 4175  / 457
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating (kg) 2000 / 150

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Mazda CX-5 Price List

Grade Powertrain Transmission Drivetrain Price
Maxx 2.0L petrol Manual FWD $32,190
Maxx 2.0L petrol Automatic FWD $34,190
Maxx Sport 2.5L petrol Automatic FWD $37,990
Maxx Sport 2.5L petrol Automatic AWD $40,490
Touring 2.5L petrol Automatic AWD $42,380
Touring Active 2.5L petrol Automatic AWD $42,680
Touring Active 2.2L turbo diesel Automatic AWD $45,680
GT SP 2.5L petrol Automatic AWD $48,790
GT SP 2.5L turbo petrol Automatic AWD $51,290
Akera 2.5L petrol Automatic AWD $50,680
Akera 2.2L turbo diesel Automatic AWD $53,680
Akera 2.5L turbo petrol Automatic AWD $53,180

 

  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Towing/AWD Capability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Technology / connectivity - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Value for Money - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

Mazda CX-5 is a perennial buyer favourite amongst the medium size SUV segment. Updated in January this year the CX-5 is Mazda’s bestselling SUV.

Pricing starts at $32,190, through to the Akera Turbo model that we tested for $53,180 plus the usual costs.

About Rob Fraser 1991 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.