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Mazda CX-5 SE-L review

James Martin test drives and reviews the new Mazda CX-5.

Commenting on the engine, he says, “A 148hp 2.2-litre diesel doesn’t sound much for a big car, but it genuinely gives this the pick-up of a sports car. There’s so much torque, its massive fun. I wouldn’t have picked automatic transmission, but it works brilliantly here.”

He goes on to explain that the CX-5 is the first to get Mazda’s new SKYACTIV technology. He adds: “The aim was to improve efficiency, and it’s worked: CO2 is down and miles-per-gallon up – to 61mpg in the manual CX-5… And the other effect of all this weight-saving is a car that handles better than almost any competitor. I hit the first corner expecting it to wallow and roll on the springs, as most cars this shape do. Instead it stayed dead flat and the wheels gripped like superglue.”

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