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Fleet World Fleet: Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav+ 150PS 2WD

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Dan Gilkes explores the equipment on our Mazda CX-5 test car.

The head-up display shows actual speed, current speed limit, sat-nav directions and distances, cruise control settings and blind-spot warnings

As mentioned in my last report, our Sport Nav+ CX-5 is not short on standard kit. This includes a head-up display that is beamed onto the windscreen at eye level, rather than the pop-up version that we had in the CX-3. The full colour image shows actual speed, current speed limit, sat-nav directions and distances, cruise control settings and blind-spot warnings. That may sound like a lot of data, but it works so well that I use it far more than the main dash when on the move.

The Radar Cruise Control system is almost as effective, maintaining your distance to the vehicle in front, even when you change gear. This makes it particu- larly useful in speed-limited road works or variable speed motorway sections. In normal conditions it does however require you to indicate and change lanes fairly early when catching up to the vehicle in front, even when set to minimum distance, or it will start to cut your speed.

These systems may sound like first- world pampering, but they contribute to making the CX-5 a very relaxed way to cover the miles.

P11d/BiK: £29,635 (33%) MPG/CO2: 49.6mpg (WLTP)/128g/km (NEDC Correlated) Test MPG:43mpg

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Dan Gilkes

Dan has been a commercial vehicle and construction equipment journalist for almost 30 years. An automotive engineer and former fleet manager, he has driven almost every van, pickup and truck that has been launched in Europe over that time. As editor of VFW, his aim is to keep readers up to date with the latest developments in the light commercial world.