We love the CX-5 here at DriveLife, and whoever gets behind the wheel of any of the range always ends up ranking it highly. It’s one of those cars where everything works together beautifully, to create a great driver’s SUV.

Now the CX-5 has had another model grade added to its line-up that will ensure it continues to remain a firm favourite with New Zealand motorists.

The new Mazda CX-5 SP25T, which sits between the Limited and Takami grades, features Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5L Turbo engine. Appropriately, in a country where the national sporting colour is black, the CX-5 SP25T comes with a “blackout” theme both inside and out.

The exterior elements include black metallic alloy wheels and piano black exterior mirrors, while the interior gets black deluxe leatherette/suede seat trim along with a black decoration panel. To set off the black, red stitching has been added to seats and steering wheel.

Managing Director Mazda New Zealand, David Hodge, says the on-going popularity of the CX-5 range in New Zealand is testament to what an outstanding vehicle it is and the new SP25T grade will add to its reputation. 

“With the blackout features it will appeal to New Zealand motorists who want all the great features of the CX-5 but in a sportier package.  It will certainly make a statement on the road.”

Other changes to the CX-5 line up include the addition of privacy glass to GSX models and turbo badging on the SP25T and Takami grades. All models now feature wireless Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto via USB.   

Packed full of i-Activsense Technology and Safety Features such as Mazda’s proprietary Autonomous Emergency Braking – Advanced Smart City Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality as well as striking Kodo design and a 5-star ANCAP safety rating to complete the package.

The Mazdacare programme provides a 5-year/unlimited km warranty and 5-year Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance.  While the 3-year/100,000km Genuine Mazda Scheduled Servicing at no extra cost provides further peace of mind.

Pricing for the Mazda CX-5 range starts from $40,995 with the SP25T model at $58,995 and is available now.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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