Our cars: Mazda CX-5 - July 2012
Week ending July 20
Driven this week 200 miles
Mazda CX-5 review
The sharp gearchange and precise steering on the Mazda CX-5 means it sometimes feels like a smaller car than it really is, but this size comes sharply back into focus when it comes to reverse parking on the tight residential streets of my suburban home.
The problem comes from the really quite shocking rearmost pillar that limits visibility over the shoulder to the extent that I have to lean at abnormal angles to see into the space.
Thankfully the parking camera is there to confirm you’re not going to smack into an otherwise unseen object, and without it the parking manouevre would be even trickier.
Week ending July 6
Driven this week 520 miles
A warning light on the CX-5's dashboard came on the other day, advising that the car needed its tyres rotated.
The manual states that the tyres need to be rotated every 6000 miles to prevent them wearing unevenly.
I had already arranged with my local Mazda dealership to have a look at a couple of gremlins the CX-5 seems to have collected recently - there's a squeak coming from where the dashboard meets the front windscreen on the driver's side, and the tyres seem to be kicking up an excessive amount of noise on the motorway. So handily they can swap the wheels round at the same time.
I quizzed the dealership about how much the tyre rotation would cost. They said regular customers wouldn't have to pay for this to be done, but not-so regular customers get lumped with a £20 + VAT bill every 6000 miles.
That's not a lot of money to ensure the car makes the most of its Yokohama tyres, but it's a little inconvient for this to come round so often.