2020 Mazda CX-5 Diesel
Preaching to the choir
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- 23 Dec 2019
By James Park
As a consequence of the VW Dieselgate, Mazda had to postpone its plan to bring a diesel model to the North American market for about seven years.
In that time, the continent’s car-buying public have largely been led to believe that perhaps it’s better to go electric for fuel-economy, as well as environmental friendliness. Of course, with cheaper-than-water gasoline, diesel was never a popular option in Canada and the USA for passenger vehicles as it had been in rest of the world.
Still, it would be premature to announce the death of internal combustion engine anytime soon. Many experts agree that both gasoline and diesel will play important roles in the auto industry for the foreseeable future.
So this year’s Canadian debut of Mazda CX-5 Diesel should not necessarily be regarded as bad-timing. The product itself is excellent and gives choice to not inconsiderable number of Canadians who still appreciate the fuel-mileage and the significant torque of a diesel engine.
One also needs to consider that today’s diesel engines are much quieter and less smelly to live with. The unique diesel ‘clatter’ is usually discernible only during warm-ups. Compared to a gas engine of similar capacity, horsepower maybe little down, but torque is usually much higher. Since it is torque that gets a vehicle moving, the feeling of acceleration does not suffer.
In these regards, the CX-5 Diesel shines. It accelerates quickly, gets very good fuel mileage and just like every other model in the CX-5 lineup, handles like no other competitor in the mainstream compact CUV segment.
What disappoints this writer is the placement of diesel model in the existing CX-5 lineup. Presently in Canada, the CX-5 Diesel comes only in the top-of-the-line Signature trim. Furthermore, the diesel version costs whopping five-thousand dollars more than the Signature gasoline version with 2.5 litre turbo four.
By the way, the CX-5’s base GX model starts from $27,850, GS $30,750 and GT from 37,450. The CX-5 Diesel will set you back $45,950. This is before taxes, destination and all the mandatory fees. At least to this writer, the GS Diesel sounds more palatable.
Anyway, the 2.2 litre four-cylinder Skyactiv Diesel produces maximum 168 horsepower, which is nothing to write home about, but much more robust 290 lb-ft of twist. As with the gasoline version, the engine is mated to the smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.
The engine starts right away, even during cold mornings and the diesel clatter simmers down once it’s sufficiently warmed up, which does not take long. Engine remains quiet and no nasty smell invades into the serene cabin.
The official fuel-mileage of 8.9 litres per 100 km in city and 7.9 litres on highway is pretty good but not much better than the 2.5 litre naturally aspirated four used in many Mazda vehicles. Again, is it worth the extra 5,000 dollars?
As the Signature model, CX-5 Diesel comes equipped with such goodies as heated and cooled leather seats, heated steering wheel, power moonroof, Bose audio, head-up display (HUD), remote starter, as well as most of the sought after electronic nannies. The revised infotainment system is still bit cumbersome, but it supports both Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
So who would want to buy this vehicle?
The diesel car aficionados should definitely take notice. Newcomers to Canada from all over, excluding the USA, who are much more familiar with diesel cars, would also be interested. As it is, the CX-5 Diesel is an excellent diesel vehicle, but probably not enough to win over new converts. (James Park is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.)
2020 Mazda CX-5 Diesel Signature
Engine: 2.2 litre diesel four
Power: 168 hp/290 lb-ft
Transmission: 6 spd auto
Fuel: 8.9 litres per 100km (city), 7.9 litres (highway)
Best: fuel economy, quick acceleration
Competition: GMC Terrain Diesel
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