2019 Mazda CX-5 Review, Diesel

There is a lot of compact-crossover SUVs on the roads nowadays, however, in our opinion, one model makes a real standout. The upcoming 2019 Mazda CX-5 offers literally everything that fills the customer’s needs.

This SUV possess such a smooth ride and sporty handling that is often mistaken for a hatchback. Moreover, the exterior styling is exceptional and the fuel economy is great. The interior is handsome and there is no way you can get such a premium model for such a reasonable price. The diesel engine is all-new while the previous gasoline engine with cylinder activation is standard. The 2019 model will also get more safety equipment and additional interior boost.

2019 Mazda CX-5 front

2019 Mazda CX-5 redesign and updates

The forthcoming 2019 Mazda CX-5 will look astonishing. Honestly, Mazda CX-5 has been looking great since its introduction and it is one of the classiest stylings in the segment. Plenty of styling cues were taken from its bigger sibling CX-9. On top of that, the new model is slightly wider, by 0.39 inches to be exact. The A-pillars are slightly back and the more bubbly front end is the final result that looks great.

The front end now holds a larger grille with a black mesh and horizontal bars. The headlights are smaller and are looking sleeker. Below that, the air dam is intact and new body cladding boost the sporty appearance even more. Fog lights are wider as well and the 2019 CX-5 gets an auto high beams and rain-sensing wipers as an optional equipment.

The rear part of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 comes with a smaller overhang and the side flares are moved further to the top corners. The taillights are looking sharper than ever before and the license plate is wider. Chrome exhaust tips are also all-new and the 17-inch wheels are standard. Generally, it is the same model as its predecessor, however, everything now looks slightly larger and more pleasing to the eye.

2019 Mazda CX-5 interior

2019 Mazda CX-5 interior is elegant

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 comes with the two rows of seating and it can fit up to five persons. Just like any other compact crossover, fitting three adults at the back could be a problem. On the other hand, thanks to the wide-opening rear doors, installing child seats is now much easier. We must say that the interior is a class for itself. Everything from the inside looks so perfect and classy. Comparing the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 model with its predecessor, we could see plenty of refreshing innovations. The buttons are elegant and the dashboard is flatter.

The shape of the HVAC vents is gorgeous and aging infotainment display is removed. The new display is a 7-inch unit that sits on the top of the dash, it works better and its response is much quicker. The steering wheel is all-new, however, the instrument cluster will stay intact.

A 4.6-inch LCD display is in the offer now and it acts as a driver’s info center and chrome trims around the windows is a nice piece of art from Mazda. The seats are similar to the current one, but on the other hand, the white contrasts will remain. Leather seats are optional on the base model.

Safety tech

The safety is raised to a whole new level thanks to the Mazda’s i-Activsense safety suite. That includes adaptive cruise control, smart city brake support, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Rearview camera is standard on all models.

2019 Mazda CX-5 side

2019 Mazda CX-5 engine specs

When it comes to the engine department, the all-new 2019 Mazda CX-5 will get a new and optional drivetrain. The base 2.5-liter unit will remain, however, Japanese carmaker finally decided to give its compact crossover a diesel engine.

The base model is the same as before, it can produce up to 187 HP and 186 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard but you can get an optional all-wheel drive. The fuel economy is at 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway which are above average numbers for this segment. The 2.2-liter diesel will be also available in the U.S. markets.

The exact engine specs are not available yet, but we assume that this four-cylinder “clean” diesel unit will generate 170 HP and 290 lb-ft of torque. Generally, the Mazda works perfectly with the existing gasoline drivetrain. This crossover is not the quickest or most powerful in its respective segment, but it provides more than enough speed and acceleration.

Towing capacity

The main advantage of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 model is its agility and driving manners. The ride feels so smooth and perfect, the comfort is great and G-Vectoring Control is standard on all of the models.

With the gasoline engine, 2019 Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds, but diesel drivetrain will for sure deliver much better figures.

2019 Mazda CX-5 rear

2019 Mazda CX-5 price and release date

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is a very affordable model as it offers basically everything for a $25,500. The Touring model costs $28,000 and Grand Touring models start at $31,000. With those prices, CX-5 crossover is in line with the Honda HR-V and under the Toyota RAV4.

Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape are more affordable, but their equipment and driving manners are nowhere near the CX-5. This model will most likely hit the markets in the first months of 2019.

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