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The Mazda CX-5 blends luxury with adventure. 

My best friend in high school, circa 2005, drove a 1.3l 2-door Mazda Soho. It was purple, and we loved it. Old faithful “Kriek” saw us through the best part of our school days. So needless to say, my first encounter with the Mazda brand was a good one, very memorable. Fast track to today and those happy feelings continue, this time in the form of the ‘big boy’ of the Mazda gang, the CX-5.

Bigger is better

It comes as no surprise that the most searched car body type on Google is the SUV. Everyone is after something bigger and better. It’s evident that size does matter when it comes to choosing your trusty metal steed. Mazda has answered many people’s prayers with their contribution to the saturated SUV market. They have done it with a level of sophistication and class and have given us the refreshed CX-5. The first generation was launched back in 2012. Since then, we have seen some minor tweaks. With the latest revised CX-5 offering I am pleased to report that it’s by far my favourite and has made it to the top five on my must-have SUV list.

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Everything you need

When it comes to the interior, there have been some exciting improvements since the first model was released. The leather seats have a plush feel to them, and a lot of attention has ensured that the driver experience is top priority. The dual-zone climate control has seen a facelift with a freshly designed and laid out air conditioner panel pattern, again showing excellent attention to detail. They have also included Android AutoTM and Apple CarplayTM features, which are standard on all models in the range. Accents of chrome have also been introduced in the interior, giving it a much sportier and modern feel.

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Diesel power

The Mazda CX-5 2.2L De Akera has reignited my pull towards diesel engines. Kicking out 140kW and 450Nm, there is plenty of fire under the hood. With this all-wheel drive instalment of the CX-5, you can pretty much take on any adventure. It’s handling both on and off-road makes it a hearty contender in the SUV market. It leans more towards the luxury side, so I wouldn’t rush to take it bundu bashing, but rest assured, it’s more than capable to handle some dirt. Prices start from R427 200.00.

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A lifetime of happiness

This has always been a game-changer for me, and Mazda is, without a doubt, a leader in the industry when it comes to handing out warranties. In fact, Mazda offers a lifetime parts warranty. This is over and above their standard three year/unlimited km factory warranty. As soon as your standard warranty comes to an end, their Mazda Lifetime Parts warranty is an additional warranty that kicks in. There are, of course, some terms and conditions attached, but it is still one of the boldest offerings on the market.

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