2018 Mazda CX-5 2.2D 184 Sport Nav+ AWD review - gallery, price, specs and release date

The fantastic second-generation Mazda CX-5 was only launched last year, but it's already had some tweaks to its line-up; have they made it better? Look through our picture gallery to find out...

Mazda CX-5
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Doug Revolta
19 Oct 2018 16:00

Don’t call it a facelift. No, because the second-generation Mazda CX-5 was only launched last year, so, although the model line-up has been tweaked again for the 2018 model year, the Japanese manufacturer insists that this is just a sprinkling of extra goodness, stopping short of a full ‘facelift’. Still, the changes are worth knowing about, so scroll through the pictures below to find out what exactly is different.

Mazda CX-5

You’ll notice that, cosmetically, nothing has changed. The differences concern the engines and trims. That means SE-L Nav becomes SE-L Nav+, while Sport Nav changes to Sport Nav+. With new names comes some new standard safety equipment; everything now gets adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping assistance. The CX-5 was already exceedingly well equipped and very safe – scoring a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP safety testing – so this equipment makes it even better.

Mazda CX-5

Even though standard safety kit is impressive, there’s also a new optional safety pack that you can add to Sport Nav+ models for £800, featuring a 360deg camera as well as adaptive LED headlights.

Mazda CX-5

Oh, hang on. We said there weren’t any cosmetic changes, but these 19in 'Metallic' alloy wheels on Sport Nav+ are new, and come as standard. But that really is it for exterior differences over the 2017 model. As for those all important mechanical changes, click on to the next page to find out more.

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