Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017 Review

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Why is the Mazda CX-5 Akera Australia's Best Selling SUV?

With few updates from the previous generation, will the Mazda CX-5 keep its popularity in 2017? Read on to find out if this SUV will hold its own in the ultra-competitive Australian SUV market.

Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017 Aggregated Reviews

Cars Guide: 8.1/10
Motoring: 8.4/10
Which Car: 9/10
Car Advice: 8/10
Combined total score: 8.4/10

We love:

  • Good fuel economy for the segment
  • Elegant interior
  • Great handling
  • Complete set of latest safety features

Pain points:

  • Analogue speedo with 10 km/h increments in base model
  • Touchscreen only usable when stationary
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Frequent servicing - every 10,000km

Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017 review

This competitive five-door SUV wagon has been a best selling family car in Australia for the last few years. Find out here what you can expect from the 2017 model Mazda CX-5 Akera.

Exterior of the Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017

Adaptive LED headlights and rear LED lights are brighter and last longer than conventional halogen globes and are adjusted to illuminate dark corners. Windows are tinted to protect passengers from the sun, and a sunroof providing natural light for passengers.

Exterior of the Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017

Image courtesy of Car Advice

On demand AWD means that a sensor-based predictive system sends most of the engine power to the front wheels, optimising fuel economy until the sensors anticipate slipping when power is directed to the rear wheels.

The rear tailgate is powered, and you can choose from six colours, with two more options costing an extra $300.

Inside the Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017

The interior of the Mazda CX-5 Akera, at the top of the CX-5 range, features white or black perforated-leather trim and a sunroof. Combined with a wood-effect dashboard, the result is charming and sophisticated.

Inside the Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017

Leather seats in white - Image courtesy of Car Advice

Rear passengers can charge devices using a USB outlet at the centre armrest, and enjoy dual-zone climate control. There's also a flip-up glass panel at the top of the dashboard to position a digital speedo in the line of sight of the driver. The front seats are both heated, and the driver's seat is power adjustable and will remember the settings matched to your key.

Rear Space Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017

Rear space for passengers - Image courtesy of Carn Advice

Rear seats are adjustable too, to optimally position child seats or provide comfort over longer distances. There are some road and wind noise in the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Akera; this was unexpected as it has been solved for the new CX-9.

Luggage space is ample, with 442 litres of boot space and a luggage cover which attaches to the tailgate and rises when you open the boot. For a low garage roof or shorter driver, you can set the maximum opening height within reach.


The Akera comes with a 249 watt Bose amplifier and 10 speakers, streaming sound from the 7-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system.

With internet radio, Stitcher and Aha, DAB+ and AM/FM, AUX, Bluetooth hands-free capability, and USB input, there's plenty of listening choice. There's also sat nav, and steering wheel mounted audio controls for easy operation while driving.

What's it like to drive a Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017?

The Akera comes with a lower profile tyre than the rest of the CX-5 range, so there's a bit less ride cushioning. The steering is accurate without being overly sensitive, and the lower profile adds precision to the Akera's feel.

What's it like to drive a Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017

Electronic parking brake - Image courtesy of Car Advice

For a medium SUV, the Mazda CX-5 Akera is one of the more enjoyable drives, with a slightly wider wheel span and lower roofline improving cornering over the 2016 model. G-vectoring control is imperceptible, yet the CX-5 Akera handles well through winding roads.

Speed sign recognition is still a little hit and miss, so don't rely on it. You can tow up to 1800kg, enough for most family uses.

Who's the Mazda CX-5 Akera 2017 for?

With generous rear seat legroom, the Akera is good for families with growing teenagers. It's a solid, reliable family car that holds its own among stiff competition.

Feature Summary

Price: $49,990

Engine: 2.2L four-cylinder turbo-diesel

Transmission: six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

Wheels: 19 inch alloy

Safety: 5 star ANCAP

Fuel: 6.0L/100km

Emissions: Euro Stage V

AV and tech: Premium Bose 249 watt amplifier with 10 speakers

Seats: 5

Doors: 5

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