Mazda CX-5 Turbo CKD looks good on the outside but dated on the inside – Ratings

Adrian Chia · Jan 31, 2020 05:06 PM

2020 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Build Quality

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.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Build Quality

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
Front Bonnet 89 -
Front Fender 90 87
Front Doors 90 87
Rear Doors 95 95
C-Pillar 93 92
Tailgate 88 -
Roof 72 -
Average Paint Thickness: 88.9 μm


2019 Mazda CX-5 Panel Gaps (unit: mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3 3 0
Front Fender 3 3 0
Front To Rear Door 3 3 0
Rear Door To C-pillar 3 3.5 0.5
Tailgate 5.5 6.0 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.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Soundproofing


2019 Mazda CX-5 Exterior Material Use
Test Area Item  Result
Bonnet Sound Proofing Material Thick
Struts Manual
Front Fenders  Sound Proofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Double Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction One Piece
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual

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.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Features


2019 Mazda CX-5 Cabin Material Use
Test Area Item  Result
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft Plastic
Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Leather
Middle 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.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Interior

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Mazda 3 Interior

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)
Item Breakdown Points
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


2019 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Ratings:

2019 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Driving Performance and Comfort

2019 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Quality and Features

2019 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Full Review

Adrian Chia


Psychology graduate with over 4 years in the automotive industry, 3 in front of the camera. Occasionally seen at his family owned tyre shop. Will only buy cars that passes the big bottle test.

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