Used 5-year-old Mazda CX-5 (KF) from RM 100k - What to look out for and which variant is the best?

CY Foong · Dec 3, 2022 10:00 AM

Used 5-year-old Mazda CX-5 (KF) from RM 100k - What to look out for and which variant is the best? 01

When the second-generation Mazda CX-5 (KF) made its global debut in 2017, it might not be an instant head-turner despite the attempts at masking the SUV with the beautiful Kodo design. Yet, 5 years later, we can safely say that the KF is a winner judging by how many you see on the road.

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Compared to rivals like the Honda CR-V and the Proton X70, the CX-5 offers some fun in the sedated and oversaturated SUV market. The Mazda loses out in interior roominess to its rivals but it wins family brownie points for looking cool and for the petrolhead of the family, some joy around the corners.

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What are the CX-5 KF variants offered?

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2017-19 pre-facelift shown

The CX-5 KF might be tempting especially in the used car market considering that early models start from just below RM 100,000. The second-gen CX-5 was first launched here in October 2017 with 5 locally assembled (CKD) variants:

2017 pre-facelift Mazda CX-5 KF variants
Variants Engine Price
2.0G 2WD GL 2.0 Skyactiv-G (164 PS / 210 Nm) RM 134,605.50
2.0G 2WD GLS RM 148,605.50
2.5G 2WD GLS 2.5 Skyactiv-G (195 PS / 257 Nm) RM 160,996.70
2.2D 2WD GLS 2.2 Skyactiv-D (175 PS / 420 Nm) RM 164,579.10
2.2D AWD GLS RM 175,179.10

Used 5-year-old Mazda CX-5 (KF) from RM 100k - What to look out for and which variant is the best? 02

2019-present facelift shown

A couple of years later in 2019, the facelifted CX-5 KF was launched in Malaysia and was also locally assembled (CKD) at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah like the pre-facelift. 5 variants were also offered for the facelift but the all-wheel-drive (AWD) diesel variant was replaced by a turbocharged 2.5-litre AWD petrol.

2019 facelift Mazda CX-5 KF variants
Variants Engine Price
2.0G 2WD Mid 2.0 Skyactiv-G (164 PS / 213 Nm) RM 137k
2.0G 2WD High RM 154k
2.5G 2WD High 2.5 Skyactiv-G (195 PS / 257 Nm) RM 164k
2.2D 2WD High 2.2 SkyActiv-D (175 PS / 420 Nm) RM 169k
2.5T  AWD High 2.5 Skyactiv-G Turbo (231 PS / 420Nm) RM 178k

Used 5-year-old Mazda CX-5 (KF) from RM 100k - What to look out for and which variant is the best? 03

Facelift shown

Aside from the minor nips and tucks in design, the facelift offers more modern features including LED headlights and taillights as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay all as standard.

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Pre-facelift shown

However, the base variant of the pre-facelift CX-5 KF (2.0 GL) appears to offer more kit than the base facelift variant (2.0 Mid). Keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, powered tailgate, and 360-degree panoramic view which were standard on the base pre-facelift were omitted from the base facelift.

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All variants of the CX-5 KF, no matter if it’s the facelift or pre-facelift, are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and offer 6 airbags as standard. Higher variants come with more active safety features of course but if you are into that, the facelift offers autonomous braking as standard from the 2.0 High variant onwards.

Also read: One in every 3 Mazda sold is a Mazda CX-5, but this is where the sexy Mazda 3 stands

How much does a used CX-5 KF cost?

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While the pre-facelift KF models start at around RM 100k for the entry-level GL all the way to around RM 120k for the 2.5 GLS petrol or 2.2 GLS diesel, the facelift models show just how strong Mazda’s resale value is.

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Trawling through the classifieds, a used facelift KF starts from under RM 120k for a 3-year-old base 2.0 Mid variant all the way to around RM 130k for the top-of-the-range 2.5T High. Mind you, a brand-new CX-5 starts from RM 138k and it’s essentially the same as the one from 2019 albeit with a few minor updates.

Also read: Larger 8-inch screen in 2021 Mazda CX-5 option available, RM 1k

  • 2019 Mazda CX-5 2.0G HIGH 2WD (CKD) 2.0

    RM 123,900
    RM 1,433
    /month

    40,986 km

    4 years

    Kuala Lumpur

  • 2018 Mazda CX-5 2.0G GL 2WD (CKD) 2.0

    RM 108,300
    RM 1,313
    /month

    47,714 km

    5 years

    Kuala Lumpur

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5 2WD 2.0

    RM 66,200
    RM 725
    /month

    115,347 km

    9.5 years

    Petaling Jaya

What are the problems of the CX-5 KF to look out for?

Used 5-year-old Mazda CX-5 (KF) from RM 100k - What to look out for and which variant is the best? 01

Before we dive into the common problems with the second-generation CX-5, there was a recall issued in Malaysia. The affected units were pre-facelift models which comprised 15,780 CX-5s manufactured between 2017-19 that required their fuel pump module replaced.

So, if you’re looking to get a pre-facelift CX-5, make sure to check that the replacement is fixed.

Also read: Bermaz recalls 19,685 Mazda vehicles over fuel pump replacement

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Besides, owners have reported that there is suspension bushing noise or rattling being emitted in front. This is likely caused by the type of rubber used in the construction of the bush not working well with the local weather.

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Unfortunately, Mazda doesn’t offer a fix for it but there is an aftermarket solution which would replace the component with a firmer polyurethane unit. That would affect the handling of the CX-5, though. Still, we’d recommend checking for noises from the front suspension on models that have a mileage of more than 100,000 km.

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When purchased new, the CX-5 came with a free maintenance package, usually between 3-5 years depending on the year of purchase. As such, it is without certainty that most owners would have sent them to an authorised service centre but make sure to check the service history.

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While the CX-5 is generally worry-free, make sure to look out for flood-damaged units as well as those with heavy impacts from accidents. Poorly maintained units are likely very few and far between but it’s worth repeating to only trust a complete service history.

Also read: Buying a used car online? Here's how to avoid accident or flood-damaged cars

Which is the best CX-5 KF variant?

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Though the facelift CX-5 offers more equipment as standard, we recommend getting the 2.0G 2WD GLS pre-facelift. If you wish to get the facelift instead, we suggest the 2.0G 2WD High variant.

Also read: Review: 2019 Mazda CX-5 2.0L High - The driving enthusiasts' choice?

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Both the non-turbo 2.5-litre petrol and the 2.2-litre diesel units offer more power and torque respectively but the extra ringgit for either doesn’t seem all that worth it.

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2.5-litre turbo unit shown

Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.5-litre brings out some comments that it is a sleeper performance car disguised as an SUV but like the other more powerful units, we still think that the price doesn’t quite justify the power you’re getting.

Besides, the weak brakes also don't quite match the engine's performance.

Also read: Review: 2019 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo AWD, zoom-zoom amplified

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That addictive power could also lead to an urge to be a bit more heavy-footed on the throttle which translates to poor fuel economy. In this day of saving money, perhaps it’s best to be a bit more frugal on those performance urges.

Also read: Ratings: Mazda CX-5 2.5L Turbo fuel consumption, did not score very well but still acceptable

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2.0-litre unit shown

Hence, the pre-facelift 2.0G 2WD GLS offers the best balance with a generous kit and decent performance. Based on our research, they start from a little over RM 100k.

Conclusion

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The CX-5 KF is a sound choice for a used C-segment SUV with a more premium finish and livelier handling than its competitors. Even for a 5-year-old model, a used CX-5 still feels as good as its modern rivals, not only because it’s essentially the same one you can get brand-new off a Mazda showroom.

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Plus, being a generally worry-free SUV, it isn’t that hard to find one that captures your heart. Carsome has a few well-maintained examples of used CX-5 KFs in stock if you are seeking this prime SUV.

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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