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NEW MAZDA CX-5 By Brian Foley

Latest SUV on the scene is the Mazda CX-5, a crossover type model similar in size to the Nissan Qashqai and just six inches longer in overall length. The CX-5 comes with two and four wheel drive options, of which the combination of FWD and diesel power will no doubt be the most in demand. Prices start from €25,195 for the 2.0 litre petrol and €28,245 for the 2.2 litre diesel, the latter in Band A road tax of €160pa. Transmission options are manual and automatic.

The CX-5 is a stylish SUV, spacious and comfortable on all roads. A recent test drive over varied roads and surfaces in a wet and windy East Cork area showed the CR-X to be a very accomplished performer in every respect, a model for town and country alike. A longer testing time is coming in August to which I am lookiung forward with enthusiasm.