The first-generation Mazda CX-5 was Australia’s most popular SUV four years running, so the premiere of a more grown-up second iteration has genuine significance.
Australians purchased about 115,000 Mazda CX-5s from launch in 2012, making it the company’s number-two offering behind the Mazda 3. Globally, it accounts for about 25 per cent of its total sales.
Don’t let the 2017 version’s evolutionary styling, and familiar drivetrains and architectures, fool you into thinking there isn’t anything new to see. Cut through the spin and it’s obvious that Mazda hasn’t been idle, even if this doesn’t deservedly mark a whole generational change.