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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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Demand is set to outstrip supply for the ŠKODA ENYAQ 60 and ENYAQ 80

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The ŠKODA ENYAQ.

Last week ŠKODA introduces the Irish public to the new ENYAQ iV, their new all-electric SUV that looks set to be one of the most coveted cars of 2021 and has been getting a brilliant reaction by those who have driven it. Prices have also been announced and a limited numbers of the cars will be here in Ireland for the remainder of the year.

Just before the opening of order books for the ENYAQ iV – which will initially come to Ireland in two versions – ŠKODA has announced pre-grant prices starting from €46,570 for the ENYAQ 60 and €54,630 for the ENYAQ 80.

The ENYAQ 60 has a range of 390km thanks to a 58kWh battery. It comes with a generous standard equipment list, which includes 19” Proteus alloy wheels, Front Parking Sensors, LED headlights, Climate Control and a 13” infotainment system.

The ENYAQ 80 (which is expected to make up the bulk of Irish sales) has a 77kWh battery, capable of up to 510km (as measured under WLTP) and gains additional equipment such as a heated steering wheel, drive mode select, adaptive cruise control and 3-zone climate control.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Mazda3 a highlight of special editions to mark company’s 100th anniversary

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Mazda3

Salthill native David Bannon is the man employed to look after the marketing for Mazda in Ireland, and he will have few problems promoting their collection of special editions that celebrate Mazda being in existence for 100 years.

Recently I’ve been spending some time with the Mazda3 version, a car that is piled high with technical features that anyone would want in a car today. It has all the driver assistance to make for a brilliant driving experience, and the safety elements to make it really reassuring.

Against all that, these extras come at a rather hefty price and at an eye-watering €37,220. While you can get a Mazda3 with a starting price of €28,595, you do get a huge amount more in this anniversary model.

Like all Mazda cars, it drives so well, putting the driver front and centre. That is a given that all Mazda owners will know about, and something that puts the brand high on my list of firm favourites. They consider it to be like the relationship between a horse and a jockey in full flight and when it comes to its handling, cornering and ride quality, there are only a few that come close and hardly any that surpass this car in its class.

“As much as the limited-edition spec adds to the vehicle, the big change worth talking about is under the bonnet. The Skyactiv-X engine has received some updates in power and efficiency which I feel have noticeably improved the drive of the vehicle,” says Bannon.

That power comes from a 2.0 Skyactiv-X with mild hybrid assistance giving 186ps and 240Nm of torque. Both these are increased while the 0-100km time is reduced to 8.1 seconds.

Mazda claims that the car can deliver fuel economy (WLTP) of 5.3 L/km. Over almost 900 kilometres my fuel figure came to 5.9 L/100km which is very respectable compared to the catalogue figure and more than acceptable on a day-to-day basis. To put that figure in context, it is the same as the 1.8-litre diesel that has recently been discontinued in the Mazda3 range. CO2 emissions are recorded at 120g/km which equates to an annual €200.

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Electric vans get into top gear

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Opel Combo-e Cargo

With numbers of electric cars on the increase by the day it is inevitable that electric vans would follow. Already there are a number on our streets and it makes sense that van owners and fleet managers would seriously consider them.

Opel is the latest brand to highlight their newest 100% electric van, the Opel Combo-e light commercial vehicle. Joining its Combo petrol and diesel engine siblings the zero-emission compact van does everything that the others do and has the same space for cargo.

Boasting a range of up to 275km from a single charge, the new Combo-e offers up to 4.4m3 cargo space and 800kg payload and is available in two lengths.

The 4.40m long Combo-e, which has the shorter wheelbase of 2,785mm and can carry objects up to 3,090mm long, offers payloads of up to 800kg and cargo volumes of 3.3 to 3.8m3. It has a towing capacity of 750kg.

The 4.75m extra-long XL-variant has a wheelbase of 2,975mm and a cargo volume of up to 4.4m3 that can accommodate objects up to 3,440mm in length. Six tie rings on the floor (with the option of four more at mid-height) help keep everything in its place.

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