The Mazda CX5 crossover has scooped yet another gong, this time for its stunning design. The new Japanese 4×4 was chosen as the most attractive car in the SUV, Van and All-wheel category at German magazine Auto Bild’s 2012 awards.
It’s no secret that the Mazda CX5 is a winner when it comes to technology, incorporating the firm’s Skyactiv technologies and showcasing a raft of efficiency-boosting systems – now it’s scooping awards for its impressive design.
The Mazda CX5 was the first Mazda to sport the “KODO – soul of motion” design language, combining striking attractive looks with high levels of safety thanks to its super-rigid high-tensile steel bodyshell.
Of the 200,000 readers surveyed across 15 European countries, the Mazda CX5 took 17.8 per cent of the vote as the most appealing-looking SUV. It beat competitors from Audi – the A6 Allroad with 10.8 per cent of the vote and the Q3 with 9.9 per cent – into second and third place respectively to take home the European design trophy in its segment.
It’s certainly a strong and elegant shape, with some neat detailed touches such as the prominent rear wheel arches and roof spoiler giving a sporty stance but also helping aerodynamics.
The Mazda CX5 has the engineering to back up its eye-catching looks, too. A range of Skyactiv-D turbodiesels and a Skyactiv-G petrol motor gives a best 0-62mph performance of 8.8 seconds, yet will return headline efficiency of 61.4mpg combined with 119g/km CO2 emissions.
The new Mazda face, with the Mazda CX5’s prominent grille and bold, chunky styling is proving to be a big hit with the public, with the innovative crossover achieving award after award.
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