The Mazda CX-5 compact SUV has been selected by Total 4×4 magazine as winner of the monthly publication’s ‘4×4 of the Year Green Award’ based on a continuous testing programme throughout 2012. In the January issue of the industry-renowned publication a panel of respected motoring writers praised the Mazda CX-5 for delivering excellent efficiency without compromising driving pleasure or practicality, thanks to its unique fuel-stretching SKYACTIV technology.
Explaining the judging panel’s decision, Total 4×4 Editor, Alan Kidd, commented: “People who want a 4×4 that’s cheap to run are spoilt for choice these days. But what makes the Mazda CX-5 stand out for us is that by making the most of traditional engineering, Mazda has created a vehicle whose other qualities are completely uncompromised. This is an SUV that’s both easy and enjoyable to drive, strong on ‘safety’ and practicality, good looking and excellent value.”
“There are vehicles out there whose fuel efficiency is achieved at the expense of interior space or drivability, and they can come across as one-trick ponies as a result. With the Mazda CX-5, efficiency is built in – it doesn’t feel like it’s busting a gut to try and be greener than rival models, which is what makes it such a good real-world way of driving a low-carbon 4×4,” adds Kidd.
The latest award for the Mazda CX-5 follows three accolades for Mazda’s SUV and its unique SKYACTIV technology – the 2013 What Car? UItra-low-carbon Award, the 2012 What Car? ‘Best Buy’ SUV award in the under £25,000 category, the 2012 What Car? Green SUV Award and the 2012 SCOTY (Scottish Car of the Year) Safety Award.
“I am delighted that Total 4×4 magazine has acknowledged the truly unique fuel-saving SKYACTIV technology found in the Mazda CX-5 enabling Mazda to create a compact-SUV which retains all the fun-to-drive qualities for which our brand is famous, while also delivering best-in-class levels of fuel economy and remarkably low emissions,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.
“Whichever model customers ultimately choose, they can be assured that the Mazda CX-5 makes a genuinely compelling and rewarding ownership proposition. The Mazda CX-5 offers buyers the rarest of combinations – high specifications, attractive pricing, unusually low running costs and excellent residuals – plus a rewarding drive, outstanding fuel economy and ‘green award’ winning environmental credentials,” adds Allibon.
Mazda’s SKYACTIV engines, transmissions, chassis and body technologies are currently available on Mazda CX-5 SUV models and will be available on the all-new Mazda6. SKYACTIV technologies will also be progressively introduced across the Mazda range as other new models come to the marketplace in years to come.