allcarschannel The updated Mazda CX-5 with a revised suspension and further enhancements has surfaced in the U.K. Mazda’s first SKYACTIV variant now spots two new exterior colors; the Blue Reflex Mica and Deep Crystal Blue Mica. In the U.K. alone, the CX-5 has garnered 6,000 units for the previous year; which was an spike of 227 percent from 2012. It is no wonder that the CX-5 is known as one of the most competitive vehicles in its class and has been an award-winning variant for a second straight year. (click to enlarge)

For the 2014 CX-5, the revised suspension comprises re-tuned dampers, bushes and stabilizers which would improve driving dynamics. The new setup is intended to deliver increased ride comfort and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. Aside from the suspension, the CX-5 has been incorporated a new ‘clutch restart system’ for the manual range and new straight-shift gate for the automatics.

2014 Mazda CX-5 gets new clutch restart and important refinements

Manual transmission Mazda CX-5’s new clutch restart system allows engine restart by depressing the clutch (within three seconds of idle), without the need to use the engine start/stop button. On the other hand, the Auto transmission CX-5 is fitted with a straight-shift gate, which is also available in the all-new Mazda3, for added convenience. Both manual and auto versions provide exemplary fuel economy and emissions. In fact, the CX-5 2.2 diesel range is said to offer up to 61.4mpg for fuel economy and 119g/km, emissions wise.

Further upgrades are applied to all SE-L Lux and Sport models, with a memory function for the powered driver’s seat and a 6-way powered passenger seat as standard. Full leather trim comes in Black (standard) and for 2014, Light Stone leather (also valid on the new Mazda3 and Mazda6), at a cost of £200. Needless to say, the CX-5 is known for its practical aspects; plenty of space for four adults, a large enough boot with flat loading lip, generous equipment and low running costs.

Mazda CX-5 in 20 variations of petrol and diesel models

There are about 20 variations of the CX-5 for the U.K. in four petrol and 16 diesel versions. At a starting price of £21,595 till £29,595 on-the-road, customers have the option to pick 165ps petrol or 150/175ps diesel engines, six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, three specification levels (SE-L, SE-L Lux and Sport, with or without Nav), and 2-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).