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Mazda’s CX-5 SUV deserves to be top of the list

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Mazda CX-5

By Gerry Murphy

A couple of week ago I reviewed the Mazda CX-3 and was impressed. This week it is the turn of its bigger sibling, the CX-5. That raised my expectation for the CX-5 and like you have an image of a city before you visit it, there was a certain criterion expected from the car. Would it live up to that standard?

As the market for this type of vehicle continues to grow, the choice is vast and one after another the car companies are battling to attract buyers into their compact SUVs. The CX-5 is direct competition with the Ford Kuga, the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai’s iX35 (which will become the Tucson when the new version arrives later this year), the Kia Sportage, Honda CR-v and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

While it is one of the growing batch of SUVs, it is sometimes forgotten but, in my view it should be right up there at the top of everyone’s hit list as one of the best of the breed.

Quite simply, Mazda’s CX-5, considering it’s an SUV, is a driver’s delight and that’s what makes it stand out from the rest. It may not be quite as plush as a few of the competition, but it is excellent on the road, has a vast array of goodies and looks the part too.

From the outside, Mazda designers have created one of the most impressive SUVs on the market with a combination of car-like styling and enough beefiness to give you a car that will adorn the driveway of any home and turn heads as you pass by.

Inside, the furnishings are now classy and functional offering the comfort levels and the driving position to suit any frame. Highlights include one of the best steering set-ups in the sector. It fits perfectly in the hand, is a lovely size and responds to the driver’s touch in all circumstances. The seating is a mixture of comfort and sturdiness that holds the driver and passengers in position no matter how vigorously you drive it.

That is the real bonus you get from the CX-5 compared to some of the opposition. Some cars like this do present problems when driven around roundabout and on twisty roads. It handles and corners with the surefootedness of a regular car and that makes it one of the best in the class to drive. I can’t emphasise how important this is. Too often you find yourself in a fight with an SUV to keep it on track. This is not the case with the CX-5.

My test model was the Mazda CX-5 2.2-litre SkyactivD manual AWD. Mazda CX-5 2.2-litre SkyactivD, four-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission. Priced at €31,995 as tested but you can have the 2WD version for a starting price of €27,995. CO2 emissions come in at 136g/km putting it into Band B2 with an annual road tax bill of €280 Mazda claim it is capable of a combined fuel economy of 5.2 litres/100km. I managed 6.7 over an extended weekly distance of over 1,500 kilometres.

That is a lot of territory in one week and not likely to be matched by the average motorist. However, there was hardly a moment when the Mazda didn’t live up to the expectations that I had before taking it for the weekly test. I did have high expectations given the performance of the CX-3 a couple of weeks earlier. But, like New York, Venice or Vienna, the Mazda CX-5 surpassed those expectations by quite a distance.

Specification:

Make:   Mazda

Model: CX-5

Engine: 2.2 SkyactivD

Achieved Fuel

Consumption:   6.9L/100kms

CO2 Emissions:  136g/km

Annual Road Tax:  €290

Price: €31,995

Gerry’s Rating:  9/10

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Breathe easy in new Volvo

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The Volvo S60, which features the new air technology.

Volvo has introduced new premium air-quality technology in its cars, allowing Volvo drivers to breathe clean and healthy air inside their cars and it can even clean the air inside the cabin ahead of their journey.

The company’s world-first Advanced Air Cleaner technology comes with a sensor that measures PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin, creating a feature not available in any other car currently on the market. Now Volvo drivers can also compare air quality inside the cabin to that outside the car.

PM 2.5 is a widely used measure for air quality by measuring the amount of fine particulate matter in the air. Globally, many urban areas suffer from PM 2.5 values that exceed recommended levels by the World Health Organisation, underlining the need to minimise their impact.

This new technology is now available in all 60 and 90 series Volvo models since this Spring. The Advanced Air Cleaner cleans out fine particulate matter from the cabin and thanks to a synthetic fibre-based filter and ionisation, up to 95% of all PM 2.5 particles are kept out of the cabin.

This optimises air quality inside the car, limiting the adverse health effects that are associated with air pollution and fine particulates. Cleaner air inside the car also helps to advance safe driving, since healthy and fresh air can help boost driver concentration.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Details announced of 10th generation C4

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Citroën C4

Citroen Ireland recently revealed details of their new 10th generation compact hatchback, the Citroën C4. They have also announced more particulars of the fully electric e-C4.

Known for boldness of design and for technology, Citroen has a long history in the segment and the new C4, like many of its predecessors has a character all of its own compared to what’s out there in the compact hatchback market. It will be available in a choice of petrol, diesel or all-electric, and will be first seen in Ireland in the first quarter of next year. Prices and detailed specifications will be announced closer to the launch of the car.

For now, we get a look at the pictures where the front end of the new C4 comes with a V-shaped lighting signature and includes double-stage headlights with chrome chevrons stretched across the entire width of the vehicle. These iconic chevrons flow into to the LED daytime running lights at the top and extend to the LED headlights at the bottom.

The bonnet, high and horizontal, echoes the concave shape of the bigger C5 Aircross SUV and exudes an energetic and assertive attitude. The unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window, clearly expresses the aerodynamics of the vehicle, while the rear spoiler enhances the vitality of the body shape.

It has a gently sloping roof and overhanging side windows and is a nod to the iconic Citroen GS but also offers a design feature that allows for a generous boot volume of 380 litres.

Personalisation levels are vast and the C4 comes with a choice of 31 colour combinations thanks to seven exterior colours options and five exterior colour packs. There are also six different interior choices and a host of alloy wheel options available to ensure optimal customisation.

On the inside, the wide horizontal dashboard gives passengers a feeling of space and volume while the chevron grain pattern on the dashboard and Satin chrome (or high-gloss black) accents on the vents, steering wheel, instrument panel and cabin controls offer a comfortable cabin experience by clearly identifying useful touchpoints.

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New van model from Toyota

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The new Proace City from Toyota.

Toyota’s latest offering in their commercial range, the Toyota Proace City has arrived in Ireland and is available at Tony Burke Motors at Ballybrit on the outskirts of Galway City.

To celebrate the launch of the new Proace City, which is priced from €15.038 (ex VAT) and is aimed at the Light Duty Van segment, there are a range of offers that customers can avail of, from leasing offers with Toyota Financial Services, or a 3.9% APR Hire Purchase offer, or a scrappage bonus of €3,000.

The vehicle comes with the option of two wheelbase lengths, 4.4m or 4.7m.

The shorter base has a cargo volume of up to 3.30 m3, a standard cargo length of 1.80m, and two individual front seats. For those who need to carry more personnel and cargo, the Smart Cargo feature allows for a three-seat bench with a folding outer passenger seat and a bulkhead hatch which provides an extra 0.4m3 load space, increasing the maximum load length by 1.30m to 3.10m.

The centre passenger seatback can also be rotated to create a handy desk space, with additional under-seat storage.

With the longer wheelbase option, its standard cargo length is 2.20m, and cargo volume is 3.90m3. Both cargo length and volume increase to 3.40m and 4.30m3 respectively with the Smart Cargo feature.

The Proace City has a payload capacity of up to 1 tonne and both the long and short wheelbases can accommodate up to two Euro pallets.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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