The back seat
Behind the back seat you'll find three, easy to access tether points, so it was easy to install child restraints (car seats) that required tethering. The head rests are removable, so when I installed a booster seat I removed the head rest so that the booster sat flush against the back of the seat. The back seat is a 40/ 20 / 40 split, and the back of each seat moves independently, meaning that you have lots of options when you want to flatten the back seats to transport larger items. I wasn't able to fit three car seats across the back seat, though, so if you need to transport three small children I'd recommend you hold off for later in the year when the seven seater CX-9 is released.
Safety 1st Guide 65- Forward facing for children 10-29kg
CasualPlay BiCare Fix- Forward facing for children 9-18kg
BeSafe IziGo Capsule- Babies up to 13kg
Kiddy GuardianFix Pro2- Forward facing for children 9-36kg
Safety 1st Guide 65- Rear facing for children 2-18kg
CasualPlay BiCare Fix- Rear facing for children birth to 18kg
Cup holders & phone thingees
I'm impressed! A compartment for your phone, two USB points in the front and another one in the middle console (handy for charging your back seat iPad on long trips). Whenever I'm driving I'm either listening to podcasts or talking on the phone, and it was super-easy to pair the phone to the car. I listened to my podcasts by bluetoothing from ITunes on my device to the car, but the CX-5 does have AHA, which provides access to Stitcher and Pandora, as well as thousands of radio stations from around the world, tethered through your smart phone. If you're super techy you can set up the MZD Connect to show your social media feeds on the central screen, and it will even read texts and emails to you - brilliant!
Keyless entry and locking
Another clever sensor was the Blind Spot Monitoring. If you have your indicator on and there's something in your blind spot, a light on the left- and right-wing mirrors will light up, and an alarm will sound. This is really helpful, as we know that the blind spot can be larger in an SUV. I thought it was particularly useful when I was driving on the motorway, and I felt like it made me a slightly better driver - yay!
Not really a sensor, but the Smart City Brake support deserves a mention (though I didn't get the opportunity to put it to the test). The gist of it is, if you're driving along and take your eyes off the road - maybe to check your child in the back seat - and the car in front of you slows or stops, your car will slow or stop too.
There are also a couple of small plastic compartments in the boot. I'm not sure what they were designed for, but I thought they were handy for bottles. Don't you hate driving around and hearing a bottle rolling around in the boot?
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