For a decade, CX-5 has been one of Mazda’s best sellers. During that lofty lifespan, it has had 10 nip-n-tucks, and a brand new model in 2018. By sales, Mazda is the 2nd top retailer in the country, behind Toyota at number 1.

The naming regime includes CX, and MX-30 for the cross-over/SUV range, BT for the pickup style ute, and Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda6 and MX-5 for the passenger cars. Like the rest of the market, most Mazda sales now come from the SUV/Ute offerings.

MX seems to signify the Japanese car-maker’s “niche” models. MX-30 is an odd-bod that comes in a hybrid and electric model, both with “suicide” doors, and the MX-5 is one of the world’s best known known 2-seater convertible sports cars.

CX-5 is Mazda’s best top seller, with 4,478 sold to the end of February. 1/3 of buyers chose the mid-spec Maxx-Sport model, with 2/3 of CX-5 being AWD.

What’s New in CX-5?

The 10-year anniversary sees a smoothing over of the front and rear ends, some trim and colour tweaks, and an excuse for a fabulous road trip.

Intentionally or not, Mazda has gone up-market and posh over the years, with classy cabins having real wood trim. Their sexy “Kodo” design with its slim lighting arrays and subtle body contouring without which would look rather bland.

Apart from the new lights, front grille and front guards, CX-5 gets new seats that better fit the S-curve of the human body. After hours in the saddle, you are meant to feel refreshed, and while “refreshed” might be a small over-reach, you certainly don’t feel tired.

Mazda improved the noise/vibration/handling (NVH) by making the body more rigid. However, when asked about the body being more rigid, Mazda bosses couldn’t tell us how that was done.

There is no active noise cancelling, so cabin calming elements include a new head liner to absorb 10% more random vibes that would otherwise be noticed by the passengers. We can’t have that on our road-trip can we?

There are other changes to the 6-speed automatic and steering that were less noticeable.