Much like the engineering revisions, the interior refresh tends towards carefully considered adjustments rather than wholesale change.
Which isn’t to say that the aesthetic remains unaltered, just that the hard points – and therefore the car’s layout – are essentially the same.
Nevertheless, there are three telling modifications: firstly, the infotainment has been liberated from the dashboard and plonked on top (a far more modern setting); secondly, the centre console has been raised to better meet your left elbow; and thirdly, the trim materials have been revised. Modest changes, then, but they adroitly transform the CX-5’s cabin, especially from the driver’s seat.
Exhuming the touchscreen allows for a smaller, less invasive dashboard; one far nicer to touch than it was previously.
Arguably, the display itself is still slightly too small, but by better segregating it, Mazda has at least made interacting with it seem more instinctive. Although it is new to the CX-5, Mazda’s touch panel and the software that drives it is a familiar package. The 7.0in screen isn’t the most expansive offering around and occasionally makes the interface seem a little cluttered.