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Mazda CX-5 improved for 2020

Practical Motoring logo Practical Motoring 4 days ago Alex Rae
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MAZDA HAS updated its CX-5 mid-size SUV range with improvements to technology, safety, and ride comfort, though also seeing a slight lift in prices for 2020.

All-wheel drive models in particular gain an ‘off-road’ mode setting, enabling an electronically locked rear differential setup with torque control on each wheel to improve traction in slippery conditions. Though in the Japanese market the MY20 CX-5 is offered with a matching ‘Tough Sport’ styling package that somewhat suits the new off-road system, it does not appear that Australia will be offering it.

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On the safety front, all models now have night-time pedestrian detection added to the autonomous emergency braking system. And the entry-grade Maxx gets the larger 8.0-inch infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) as standard kit. On 2.5-litre petrol models, that MZD infotainment system can now show when the first and fourth cylinders have deactivated for fuel-saving measures.

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Underneath the sheet metal are improvements to NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) that come from added insulation in the headliner and improved materials. The CX-5 turbo models also have a larger capacity silencer shell and the exhaust tailpipe noise suppressed: in short, it’s quieter and more refined than before.

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A bevvy of other small, incremental changes are scattered across the models, too: every CX-5 for 2020 now has updated badging and a new key fob design, new Polymetal Grey metallic paint is available, and Maxx Sport and above grades now have paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel for manual gear changes.

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