2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel: Everything you need to know (POV review)

The Mazda CX-5 was the best-selling SUV outright in Australia last year. Why is it so popular? What makes it so special compared with the rest of the medium-size SUV propositions that are on the market? We’ve put together a big video for you to try and uncover the answers.

Unfortunately, we had this 2018 Mazda CX-5 GT diesel version on test for filming just weeks before the updated model was announced with more power and torque. But the rest of the new model is pretty much identical with this pre-facelifted version. We are looking to get hold of the new model for review as soon as we can as well.

During 2017, the CX-5 was the most popular SUV outright, recording 25,831 sales. That means outselling the Toyota Prado, the more affordable Mitsubishi ASX and co, and any of the premium models. That’s a pretty big feat. And it’s not the first time Mazda has pulled it off. The same thing happened in 2016 (24,564 sales), and 2015 (25,136 sales), and 2014 (21,571 sales), and 2013 (20,129). That’s pretty darn impressive considering the CX-5 was only introduced in 2012. Australian buyers simply can’t get enough of this vehicle.

Without spoiling the video on you, the CX-5 is popular because it is such a great all-rounder. It performs best on the road, but it does offer some off-road capability. However, interior fit and finish and overall build quality is at the top of the class in our opinion. Features and technology are also at the forefront.

Need to know more? The video below goes over all of the important areas, and even includes a sneaky 0-100km/h clip. Check it out below. If you’d like us to do more of these very in-depth and detailed car review videos simply hit us up with a comment below or over on the YouTube channel.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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