The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has been launched in Australia with focuses on added safety, off-road ability and even greater driving comfort. Priced from $30,980 plus on-road costs, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 continues to rival cars such as the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson

Although not a major update, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 adds a whole host of upgrades to one of Australia’s best-selling SUVs. Most noticeable is the addition of Mazda’s ‘Polymetal Grey’ colour from the new Mazda3 and CX-30, which costs an extra $500.

Now standard on all all-wheel drive models is a system called ‘Off-Road Traction Assist’, which electronically locks the rear differential for greater off-road ability. While most buyers won’t use this function, it is very much a nice to have feature. 

Other changes include greater noise and vibration suppression including a 10 per cent improvement in low frequency sound absorption, a cylinder deactivation display in the centre screen for the non-turbo 2.5-litre petrol engine, night-time pedestrian functionality to the car’s automatic emergency braking, a larger centre screen for the Maxx grade, new badging and Mazda’s new key fob design. 

As before, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 is available in five models in Australia. The entry point to the range is the Maxx, which is equipped with kit such as auto emergency braking (forward and reverse), blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam, auto LED lighting and wipers, electric-folding mirrors, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, 17-inch steel wheels and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Above the Maxx sits the Maxx Sport (from $36,290), which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, LED front fog lights, paddle shifters, inbuilt satellite navigation, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a rear centre armrest with USB charging ports.

The Touring (from $40,980) sits above the Maxx Sport, and adds faux-leather and suede trim, a heads-up display, front parking sensors, keyless entry and start with auto-folding mirrors and traffic sign recognition tech, which informs drivers of speed limits.

The GT (from $46,090) adds 19-inch alloy wheels, cornering headlights, a sunroof, an electric tailgate, leather upholstery, powered front seats with driver’s memory functionality, heated front seats and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. 

Atop the CX-5 is the Akera (from $48,330), which adds unique 19-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree parking camera, Matrix LED headlights with adaptive high beam, ventilated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel, a 7.0-inch digital driver’s display, LED ambient lighting, a frameless rear mirror and wood door and dashboard inserts. 

Four drivetrains are available for the 2020 Mazda CX-5: a 115kW/200Nm 2.0-litre petrol, a 140kW/252Nm 2.5-litre petrol with cylinder deactivation for greater fuel economy, a 170kW/420Nm turbocharged 2.5-litre petrol and a 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel. The 2.0-litre is front-wheel drive and can be had with a six-speed manual on the Maxx – the rest are all-wheel drive and only available with a six-speed automatic. 

2020 Mazda CX-5 pricing (plus on-road costs):

Maxx 2.0-litre manual FWD: $30,980

Maxx 2.0-litre automatic FWD: $32,980

Maxx 2.5-litre automatic AWD: $35,980

Maxx Sport 2.0-litre automatic FWD: $36,290

Maxx Sport 2.5-litre automatic AWD: $39,290

Maxx Sport 2.2-litre turbo diesel automatic AWD: $42,290

Touring 2.5-litre automatic AWD: $40,980

Touring 2.2-litre turbo diesel automatic AWD: $43,980

GT 2.5-litre automatic AWD: $46,090

GT 2.5-litre turbo automatic AWD: $48,590

GT 2.2-litre turbo diesel automatic AWD: $49,090

Akera 2.5-litre automatic AWD: $48,330

Akera 2.5-litre turbo automatic AWD: $50,830

Akera 2.2-litre turbo diesel automatic AWD: $51,330

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Jake is the veteran automotive journalist in the DiscoverAuto team having been in the industry since 2017. His first word was Volvo, he nitpicks every piece of practical design and has an unhealthy obsession for cars that feature rain-activated headlights.

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