Johannesburg - Mazda’s Rav4-rivalling CX-5 SUV has been given a spec upgrade for 2019, the models gaining minor interior enhancements and new alloy wheel designs.
The highlight here is that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard on all models. Other cabin improvements include additional chrome accents, and a new look for the control panel as well as volume and commander controls.
On the outside, the 19-inch alloys fitted from the Dynamic grade upwards get a new design, while the 17-inch alloys on the Active have been re-coloured.
As before the CX-5 is offered with a choice of 2.0-litre (121kW) and 2.5-litre (143kW) normally aspirated petrol engines and a 140kW 2.2-litre turbodiesel. A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard on most derivatives, but optional on the 2.0 Active and Dynamic, which unless otherwise specified, ship with a six-speed manual.
Priced from R392 400, all models are decently appointed, with even the base 2.0 petrol and 2.2 diesel Active models sporting dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), push-button start, cruise control and a six-speaker infotainment system paired with a 17.8cm screen, which is also linked to a reverse camera.