The 2019 Mazda CX-5 has been updated for the summer, with changes to the diesel engines, including the introduction of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and a new higherpowered version. The powerplant has been improved with a modified combustion chamber that minimises heat transition between the fuel and pistons to improve efficiency. There’s also new Piezo injectors and a revised twin-stage turbocharger, while water flow management techniques help the engine warm up quicker. The power output of the most powerful unit rises to 181bhp from 173, with maximum torque enhanced from 310 to 328lb ft.
The new two-stage turbocharger gains variable geometry that increases boost from mid to high revs, while the compression ratio has been raised from 14.0:1 to 14.4:1. Visually, the only exterior changes are new 19-inch alloy wheels for Sport Nav+ models, while on the inside there’s an electric rear tailgate, a new head-up display that projects directly onto the windscreen and includes traffic sign recognition. New safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, high beam control for the headlights and lane keep assist and departure warning. An optional safety pack on Sport Nav+ models includes a 360-degree camera system and adaptive LED headlights. The revised CX-5 range is available to order now, with prices starting at £26,695 for the SE-L Nav+ with 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine, representing an increase of £600 compared to its predecessor. The top model is the Sport Nav+ automatic with 181bhp powerplant at £36,195, which is a hefty £2,400 more than the outgoing car.