2022 Mazda CX-5: Pictures, prices, specifications

  • Refreshed Mazda CX-5 gets bold visual clues to spec
  • Four-wheel drive still available, Skyactiv-G and D power
  • Updated safety systems include standard traffic-jam assistance

Mazda's latest update to the popular CX-5 SUV is aimed at improving the car's personality and identity, while also improving the driver's experience behind the wheel. There are few significant technical changes, but if you're considering a CX-5 now, check out what you will be able to get in 2022.

New Mazda CX-5 for 2022

Retaining the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engines alongside the Skyactiv-D diesel, the refreshed CX-5 offers between 150hp and 194hp, with all-wheel drive on the most powerful 184hp diesel and 194hp petrol versions. Trim levels have been refreshed to complement a subtle restyle which sees the front wing motif of the Kodo-design grille now detached from the headlights, and a deeper 3D-effect pattern on the grille itself.

2022 Mazda CX-5 grille detail (Sport)

Keen Mazda spotters will note the lime green and vibrant red motifs in the grille, these distinquish the Newground and Sport trim levels respectively. The former is a new, rugged-themed 165hp two-wheel drive model that includes a reversible waterproof boot mat, prominent silver underguards and a new Zircon Sand Metallic paint option. Inside, it features half leather trim with more lime green accents on the vents and seat piping.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Newground front

Sport offers more variety, including the 184hp all-wheel-drive Skyactiv-D diesel option. Gloss black details accentuate the exterior finish, and inside the black leather trim has red stitched highlights.

The range is completed with the SE-L entry level and GT-Sport fully-loaded edition, which extends the engine selection to the 194hp 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G with all-wheel drive, adds supple nappa leather trim in sophisticated dark brown shades with wood accents on the interior, and body-colour exterior trim.

2022 CX-5 prices and options

All-wheel drive Mazda CX-5s start at an expected price of £36,685 for the diesel Sport automatic, rising to £39,085 for the GT Sport with the same engine. Choose the 2.5-litre petrol, and the GT Sport is £37,485 and includes a new off-road driving mode as well.

2022 Mazda CX-5 GT Sport

Two-wheel drive CX-5s start at £27,845 for the SE-L with 165hp petrol, or £29,310 with 150hp petrol. There are twenty combinations of engine, gearbox, trim and interior, including automatic front-wheel drive versions if you don't want 4x4. Unsurprisingly, without hybrid technology the lowest benefit in kind rate is 33% and the CO2 ranges from 154g/km to 182g/km.

Fuel economy ranges from just over 35mpg for the 2.5-litre all-wheel drive petrol to around 50mpg for the 150hp diesel.

Options are limited, and include £200 for Stone leather in place of black on Sport models, and £800 for the safety pack which adds refreshed, more sophisticated adaptive LED headlights, driver attention alert, rear smart city brake support and 360-degree surround view cameras. Soul Red Crystal, mica/metallic and Machine Grey paint finishes are also an extra cost option.

Mazda CX-5 technology updates

Although the CX-5 gets a relatively mild refresh for 2022, Mazda claims the ride, handling and refinement are all improved - particularly the noise on unpaved/gravel roads, suggesting more underside protection. The adaptive headlights have greater control over light distribution, and inside, wireless phone charging is now standard on all models.

Perhaps best used with the automatic models, the CX-5's i-Activesense safety suite now includes Cruise and Traffic support, which assists with steering, braking and accelleration in traffic jams.

What this means for you

If you're shopping for a Mazda CX-5 at the moment, you know the drill - strike a stronger deal on an in-stock model or nearly-new example, as the technology upgrades offer some real-world benefits and apply across the range, not just on the highest-spec models. Alternatively, plan for delivery in January 2022 and hold fire on that list price new purchase.

2022 Mazda CX-5 range

In the wider sense, it's good to see four-wheel drive remains available in conventional SUVs despite the impact on CO2 and economy, for rural drivers and those coping with bad weather or unpaved roads.

Check back soon for a full review of the 2022 Mazda CX-5.

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