If you are the kind of person for whom the name Mazda is more evocative of a light bulb than a car, then perhaps when looking at cars for sale the Mazda CX5 4×4 is not for you. On the other hand if you are the kind of person who wholeheartedly embraces the energy saving light bulb as a protector of the environment, then the CX5 could be just the thing… For a 4×4 the CX5 is anything but a gas guzzler. This is the first car that Mazda has produced completely independently of its erstwhile partner Ford, and the company has gone to town with eco engineering which it calls Skyactiv.
Skyactiv is in fact a whole series of technologies all targeted at improving fuel economy and some of them extremely innovative and possibly revolutionary. One of these is petrol engines with staggeringly high compression ratios of 14 to 1. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, then consider that it is a higher compression ratio than is used in Formula 1 engines. What is amazing is that these compression ratios can be used with ordinary petrol and no premature ignition (pinking). The result is that power is increased by 15% and fuel consumption is reduced by 15%. Other innovations of Skyactiv include reduction in engine friction of 30%, much lighter construction; improved drive train and more; certainly a better kind of light bulb.
When it comes to handling, the car is very agile and its agility has benefitted from the light construction technologies used to build it. There is a huge amount of grip and traction and the ride is very comfortable. In many ways the CX5 is the ideal family car and is very practical with over 500 litres of load space. A nice little feature is the tonneau cover which is deployed automatically when the boot lid is raised so protecting rear seated passengers from the rain, wind and snow as the boot is loaded; a nice touch. You can find one at Motors.co.uk.