All-new Mazda CX-5 delivers financial savings for fleets and drivers

STRONG residual values and competitive wholelife costs have been predicted for Mazda’s all-new CX‑5 compact crossover SUV featuring breakthrough SKYACTIV technology that will deliver major fuel savings and emission reductions for fleets.


The model, which goes onUKsale on May 18, also promises company car drivers’ tax bill benefits due to low emission engines that are claimed to deliver unrivalled performance.


On-the-road prices for the 18-strong range start from £21,395 for the 2.0 litre SE-L SKYACTIV-G 165 PS petrol and rise to £28,795 for the flagship 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D 175 PS diesel SportNAVAuto all-wheel drive (AWD).


The two-wheel drive (2WD) petrol engine range gives drivers a choice of SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav trim levels. Emitting 139 g/km and returning 47.1 mpg on the combined cycle no competitor models can match such figures given the available power.


Diesel engine performance – 2.2-litre powerplants with a choice of SKYACTIV 150 PS or 175 PS engines with 2WD or all-wheel drive (AWD), manual and automatic transmissions and four equipment levels (SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav) – is similarly unmatched in terms of both emissions (from 119 g/km) and fuel economy (from 61.4 mpg on the combined cycle).


For company car drivers it all adds up to benefit-in-kind tax savings versus rival models alongside Class 1A National Insurance savings for businesses, as well as operating cost bonuses.


Data from future residual value experts atCAPreveals the soon to launch CX-5 will retain an average 36-39% of its value across the petrol and diesel range at the benchmark three years/60,000 miles.


The CX-5 marks the debut of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology which promises major total cost of ownership savings for fleet operators and significant financial benefits for company car drivers over rival models.


Forecasted residual values for the petrol engine range lead the way against rival marques, according toCAPdata.


For example, the entry-level SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre petrol 165 PS engine delivering 47.1 mpg and emissions of 139 g/km has a forecasted residual value of 39% in SE-L trim beating competitors including the Honda CR-V, Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and Toyota RAV4 and equal to the Audi Q3.


With a P11D value of £21,220, the model depreciates by £13,050, which is less than many competitor models including the equivalent and more expensive Audi Q3 and Volkswagen Tiguan.


Diesel models are expected to account for up to 75% of corporate CX-5 sales, particularly due to class-leading emissions (from 119 g/km) and combined cycle fuel economy (from 61.4 mpg).


CAPpredicts that the entry-level SKYACTIV-D 2.2 litre diesel 150 PS two-wheel drive (2WD) SE-L (P11D value £22,940) will have a three-year/60,000 mile residual value of 37% , which is similar to the more expensive BMW X1 model and beats many rivals including the Nissan Qashqai, Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Hyundai ix35, Honda CR-V and Ford Kuga.


Over the benchmark period the model depreciates by £14,340 which is less than many models including the significantly more expensive BMW X1 and Audi Q3 rivals.


Jeff Knight, editor ofCAPfuture residual value guide Monitor, said: ‘Crucial for a car to be a success in the used car market are low emissions, excellent fuel economy and high specification – with the CX-5 diesel delivering up to 17 mpg better than some of its rivals – which includes dual zone climate control, Bluetooth® and iPod connectivity, the CX-5 is expected to be very popular.


‘The CX-5 therefore has many key advantages versus the competition and whether choosing a petrol or diesel model, those benefits are available in a vehicle that performs well on the road.’


Meanwhile, whole life cost figures from leading provider KWIKcarcost reveal that the entry-level SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre 165 PS SE-L petrol engine model will cost 49.48p per mile to run over three years/60,000 miles.


That is better than a wide range of rival models including the Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Kuga.


Similar data for the entry-level SKYACTIV-D 2.2-litre petrol 150 PS SE-L also highlights that the model makes significant financial sense for budget-conscious fleet decision-makers. KWIKcarcost calculates the model will cost 48.47p per mile to run over the benchmark period putting it ahead of rivals including the BMW X1, Hyundai ix35, Ford Kuga, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.


Mark Jowsey, director manufacturer liaison at KWIKcarcost, said: ‘Mazda has taken time to develop SKYACTIV technologies with the key benefit that it is focused neither solely on diesel nor simply on engines. SKYACTIV embraces light-weight technologies and reduced weight also allows the CX-5 to offer more space than many direct competitors.’


Company car tax for drivers choosing the entry-level 2WD SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre SE-L (P11D value £21,220) will be £764 (20% taxpayer)/£1,528 (40% taxpayer) in 2012/13 rising to £806/£1,613 in 2013/14 due to emissions being 139g/km. Among rival marques only the Nissan Qashqai matches the CX-5 on emissions but performance is 117 PS from a 1.6 litre engine.


Meanwhile, company car tax for drivers choosing the entry-level 2WD SKYACTIV-D 2.2 litre 150 PS diesel SE-L (P11D value £22,940) or the AWD alternative (P11D value £24,520) will also benefit from unbeatable value in terms of emissions versus performance.


Benefit-in-kind tax bills on the respective models in 2012/13 are £780/£1,560 rising in 2013/14 to £826/£1,652 on the 2WD option for 20%/40% taxpayers with bills being £1,030/£2,060 in 2012/13 rising to £1,079/£2,158 in 2013/14 for 20%/40% taxpayers opting for the AWD variant.


Once again emissions of 119 g/km and combined cycle fuel economy of up to 61.4 mpg are unmatched by rivals given the available performance (150 PS). Although emissions are matched by both the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti, engine power is significantly below that of the CX-5.


MazdaUKhead of fleet Steve Tomlinson added: ‘The CX-5 will shake-up the burgeoning compact SUV crossover segment. The revolutionary SKYACTIV technology delivers major fuel economy and emission advantages versus competitors across both petrol and diesel variants. Coupled with low levels of depreciation, the CX-5 should be on every fleet operator’s choice list as it makes financial sense.’


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