The Mazda CX-5 is locally-assembled (CKD) at Mazda Malaysia’s manufacturing plant in Kulim. The Malaysia-assembled SUV is also exported to neighbouring countries like Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
We examined how well built the CX-5 is and look at the features available on the Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo.
Build quality is superb as expected from the Mazda brand and it is proudly assembled by Malaysians.
Our test unit wears the Soul Red Crystal metallic paint and despite having a low average paint thickness of 88.9 μm, every panel has a consistent finish of between 87 to 95 μm.
|2019 Mazda CX-5 Paint Thickness (unit: μm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side|
|Average Paint Thickness: 88.9 μm|
|2019 Mazda CX-5 Panel Gaps (unit: mm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side||Difference|
|Front To Rear Door||3||3||0|
|Rear Door To C-pillar||3||3.5||0.5|
There is virtually no difference in panel gaps and even if there are discrepancies, it’s only a mere 0.5 mm difference. The CX-5 Turbo is the most well put together car we’ve tested on WapCar.
Part of the reason why the CX-5 Turbo is so well insulated is due to the generous use of soundproofing material on the engine bonnet and front fenders. The side windows are all of double-glazed construction to further suppress exterior noise.
|2019 Mazda CX-5 Exterior Material Use|
|Bonnet||Sound Proofing Material||Thick|
|Front Fenders||Sound Proofing Material||Yes|
|Doors||Front Windows||Double Glazed|
|Rear Windows||Single Glazed|
The cabin is furnished with high-quality soft-touch materials at all the important touchpoints. Feature-wise, the CX-5 Turbo is decently equipped with the 7.0-inch MZD touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, powered front seats, 360-degree camera and windscreen projected heads-up display.
However, it lacks premium convenience features such as powered sunroof and premium audio sound system available on other class rivals.
|2019 Mazda CX-5 Cabin Material Use|
|Dashboard||Upper Section||Soft Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
|Front Doors||Upper Section||Leather|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
The CX-5 Turbo is also only equipped with Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and lane departure warning. It does not come with adaptive cruise control like some of its class rivals.
Having experienced the new-generation Mazda 3’s interior, the cabin of the CX-5 Turbo does feel a tad bit dated. The Mazda 3 has a much tidier layout and slicker infotainment screen.
Nevertheless, the Mazda CX-5 Turbo is a very well-built and decently equipped SUV. Coupled with the performance of the 2.5-litre turbo engine, it’s asking price of RM 181,770 (OTR without insurance) is justifiable.
|2019 Mazda CX-5 Quality & Features ( 41 / 50 pts)|
|Exterior||Paint Finish||3 / 3 pts|
|Panel Gaps||3 / 3 pts|
|Assembly Quality||2 / 3 pts|
|Interior||Build Quality||2 / 3 pts|
|Materials Used||3 / 3 pts|
|Material Finish Quality||3 / 3 pts|
|Features||Safety||8 / 10 pts|
|ADAS||3 / 5 pts|
|Luxury||4 / 5 pts|
|Convenience||5 / 5 pts|
|Infotainment||6 / 7 pts|