Before you buy a Mazda CX-5 in Uganda

by Edwin,

Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover produced by Mazda starting in 2012 for the 2013 model year lineup. It is Mazda's first car featuring the new KODO – Soul of Motion Design languag first shown in the Shinari concept vehicle in May 2011. It shares a platform with Mazda3 and Mazda6.

Before you buy a Mazda CX-5 in Uganda

One of the very best crossovers you can buy, the Mazda CX-5 is well made, really enjoyable to drive and good-looking too. Recent upgrades have improved the interior ambience and upped the technology levels so it's now on a par with rivals.

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Buying a foreign used Mazda CX-5 from a local Ugandan car bond

There are a number of ways you can buy a Mazda RX-5 in Uganda today and one of the simple ways is through a local car bond. Here, every work has been done by your car bond dealer. All you have to do is simply pay for the car from the car bond and drive home. However, you can also find that some Mazda RX-5 have only been cleared the CIF fees only.

This would mean that if you want a Mazda RX-8 then you will have to clear the rest of the taxes. Alternatively, you can buy a Mazda RX-8 from a local car bond in Uganda with all the due tax charges and fees paid. All you have to do is to pay the whole price of the car and then the car is transferred to you as the new owner.

You can find the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) of a Mazda RX-5 that is from abroad to Kampala to be around $ 1,000 or even above as stated by the car bond dealers. The total sum of the CIF to Kampala Uganda can change due to year of manufacture, condition of the car, mileage and the dealer you choose to buy your Mazda RX-5 from.

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Importing a foreign Used Mazda RX-5 from Japan or other parts of the world

In case if you prefer to import you own Mazda RX-5 from say Japan, the things would change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, determine your specific car features and requirements, expected budget you plan to spend on buying the car and well calculated taxes to be paid to the tax authorities in order to clear Mazda RX-5.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees basing on the CIF of the Mazda RX-5 from Japan. For example a Mazda RX-5 2012 can be got at a price of USD 9,800 and will have a fee of Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) totaling to around USD 12,000 to Kampala, Uganda with no Local taxes paid yet.

On arrival to Kampala, Uganda, you will have to clear the taxes at The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), apply and pay for a number plate and then the third party license. You will also notice the some of these charges or fees differ from other vehicles.

Some of the taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority for motor vehicles include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees.

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General Mazda RX-5 reviews for Uganda

Critics of the interior design of the CX-5 think it looks a little too dark and gloomy, while fans praise the high-quality fixtures and fittings and call the layout classy.

Either way, things have improved further since Mazda carried out its mid-life update, which brought various tweaks inside the CX-5. Some of the overly cheap plastics that plagued early models have been banished, while there are now clearer, more expensive-looking main instruments and a new central infotainment screen that's bursting with added technology. Little touches make a difference too - changing the background lighting of the heating and air-conditioning controls from orange to white adds a little more class, for example.

It's not that the CX-5 isn't spacious - there's reasonable room in the front and back seats, as well as the boot. It's more that the SUV body style leaves you expecting it to be a little bigger on the inside than it is; climb aboard, and you can't help being a little disappointed.

Mazda treats its front and rear passengers to more or less equal legroom in the CX-5, which means it has got the measure of most of its rivals in the crossover class. It's spacious enough for a growing family, however, and even adults can travel comfortably in the back. There's a little less space in every direction than in a Honda CR-V, for example, but it's a more spacious option than the more compact Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti.

At least the boot is a decent size - a capacity of 503 litres with the seats in place gives the Mazda CX-5 a significant advantage over the Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai. It's well beaten by the 589-litre load space in the similarly priced Honda CR-V, though - although that car can't match the Mazda for value, driver appeal and performance.

Mazda RX-5 complaints basing on model year comparison in Uganda

The Mazda CX-5 could be more spacious, has a limited engine line-up and the load floor isn't flat something that causes luggage unstability when driving on bumpy roads.

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Availability of Mazda RX-5 Spare Parts in Uganda

The Mazda CX-5 spare parts are readily available in Uganda and easily accessible in almost all parts of the country.

Our verdict

The Mazda CX-5 is a good-looking, reliable crossover that's solidly built, reasonably efficient and fun to drive. So, go for it and have fun!

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