Like the completely new body, the totally redeveloped cabin of the Mazda CX-5 represents a significant step forward for Mazda’s popular compact SUV. Conceived within the same ‘Refined Toughness’ mandate as the exterior styling, the CX-5 now competes with the very best cars in the class by delivering a premium feel throughout.
With a significant evolution in comfort, quality, design and functionality, Mazda has carefully considered the form of every component to create an elegant and beautifully built interior that combines an engaging and stress-free driving environment with comfortable, stylish and practical accommodation for all occupants.
As in all of the latest generation of Mazda cars, the cabin architecture has been designed to create an intelligently configured cockpit layout for the driver, with all major controls and instrumentation laid out ergonomically around the focal point of the steering wheel.
Clean-cut simplicity and elegant design abounds throughout the cabin, the easy-to-read three-dial driver’s instrument binnacle and the new 7-inch display screen atop the dashboard are examples of the classy yet uncomplicated feel, while in Sport Nav+ cars the BOSE® audio system tweeters are neatly incorporated into the A pillars.
Another stand-out feature of the Mazda CX-5 that’s immediately noticeable is the new-generation steering wheel design. This top-class leather wheel has a tactile feel, a smarter shape and a smaller centre pad. While the outer diameter of the wheel has not changed, the satin metallic decorations applied to the lower spokes are narrowed to give it a sleeker look, while the switches are now integrated and concentrated into one row. Additionally, Sport Nav+ models are equipped with a heated wheel rim, which automatically turns off after 30 minutes.
The Mazda CX-5’s cabin delivers enhanced comfort, convenience and practicality with a broad range of new features and equipment. Sport Nav+ cars come with a new version of Active Driving Display - Mazda’s head-up display. Newly developed and making its first appearance in a Mazda, it includes Traffic Sign Recognition and projects full-colour information directly onto the windscreen within the driver’s line of sight. The displayed information is divided into upper and lower zones: driving information, including navigation turn-by-turn direction and speed limit information is displayed in the upper section, while vehicle status, including current speed and advanced safety equipment status, is displayed in the lower section.
Another new feature standard on Sport Nav+ trim is a wiper de-icing system that uses an electric heating element within the glass beneath the wipers, preventing them from freezing up and failing to operate after the engine is started in extremely cold weather.
Across all models the legibility of displays has been optimised for quicker and easier reading. The new 7-inch centre display is the first in a Mazda to adopt optical bonding to join the Liquid Crystal Display and touch panel, which suppresses reflections and presents a clearer image. The Multi-Information Display mounted within the right-hand dial of the driver’s instrument binnacle features a new, 4.6-inch colour TFT LCD screen, with related information grouped for quick and easy recognition.
MZD-Connect is Mazda’s mobile connectivity concept which expands on in-vehicle features already available in Mazdas, such as Bluetooth®, email, SMS and navigation, offering users new levels of connected convenience.
Using a compatible smartphone connected to the Mazda CX-5 system via Bluetooth® or USB, occupants have safe and easy real-time access, via the 7“ colour touch-screen display, to a wide and growing range of mobile infotainment services from Aha™, including tens of thousands of internet radio stations, Twitter and Facebook feeds, news, audio books and more.
And as you’d expect from Mazda, the CX-5 delivers a superb driving position, with all the seats front and back having been extensively revised to offer occupants better support and greater comfort.
Raising the floor console brings the gear lever 60 mm (automatic) or 40 mm (manual) higher, placing it closer to the steering wheel. On top of this, the centre and door armrests are now set at near identical heights to provide the driver with a more balanced and comfortable body alignment. While for added convenience, the Sport Nav+ model’s standard eight-way power seats have a two-preset memory and allow for the automatic setting of the angle of the Active Driving Display -Mazda’s head-up display.
The front seats feature new seatback suspension mats which support the occupant’s upper body whilst evenly dispersing body pressure over a wide area. Optimising the rigidity of each part of the seatback offers improved support to the pelvis, waist and back, plus it minimises lateral swaying of the upper body. Premium quality, high-damping urethane foam is now used in the construction of the seat cushion. It offers greater ride comfort by transmitting the vibrations the driver needs as feedback from the road surface, whilst insulating against those that cause discomfort.
Mazda’s human-centred design philosophy doesn’t just focus on the driver, the convenient 40:20:40 split/folding rear seats have also undergone extensive revisions to improve comfort. The basic seatback setting of the torso angle has been increased by 2 degrees to 24 degrees, offering a more comfortable posture. In addition, the CX-5 is the first Mazda to offer a two-step reclining mechanism, allowing the rear seatback to be leaned back to an angle of 28 degrees.
Even greater rear seat comfort is afforded by the introduction of air-conditioning vents to the rear of the central console. When it comes to seat material SE-L Nav+ cars feature high-quality cloth trim, while black leather with bright brown stitching is standard on Sport Nav+, where there’s also the choice to go for optional £200 Stone Leather instead.
Practicality hasn’t been ignored either, with improved cabin stowage, and on Sport Nav+ models, the introduction of a powered tailgate. Opened and closed via switches on the tailgate smart key or the dash, the degree of tailgate opening can be set seamlessly and touch sensors prevent items becoming trapped during closure.
Inside, the base of the front console box has been enlarged, while the storage box beneath the centre arm rest has a larger capacity. It is now fitted with a groove to accommodate the power cord of devices attached to the USB port, power outlet and twin AUX mini-jack connection hub located within it.
The glove box is shaped to accommodate a 10-inch tablet, and has been flock-lined for greater convenience and quality. The capacity of both front and rear door pockets has been increased, and their bases lined with a non-slip finish. And a storage bin with twin USB ports has been added within the rear seat centre armrest on Sport Nav+ trim.
The boot itself has 506-litre* volume with the seats in place and loaded to the roof with the seats down there’s a huge 1,620 litres* of luggage space. Moreover, the use of a 9 mm thinner boot floor board allied to the reorganisation of the tool storage layout has increased the under-floor storage volume from 10 to 30 litres. In addition, new, dedicated, floor-mounted cargo net hooks further enhance loadspace practicality.
*494 litres on Diesel (taking into account AdBlue Tank) - 1,608 litres on Diesel (taking into account AdBlue Tank)