Agile 4x4 promises improved comfort and luxury as part of 2019 updates.

Mazda has added a new top-of-the-range model to its CX-5 SUV line-up as part of a host of 2019 upgrades.

The Nissan Qashqai-rivalling SUV is now Mazda’s most popular model in the UK, and the new GT Sport Nav+ version is designed to add extra appeal with added interior comfort features and on-board equipment.

Externally, the newcomer is marked out by its 19-inch alloy wheels, but the interior gets the bulk of the improvements. Real wood and satin chrome trim adorn the dashboard, while the seats are wrapped in Nappa leather.

There’s a model-specific seven-inch digital instrument dial display, too, plus front seat heating and ventilation, heated outer rear seats and a sunroof.

2019 Mazda CX-5 GT Sport Nav +

Under the bonnet, GT Sport Nav+ drivers can choose between a 163 bhp petrol engine with front-wheel drive or a 181 bhp diesel with four-wheel drive. Both are offered in manual or automatic guises.

Prices start from £31,095 for the petrol with a manual gearbox, while the diesel comes in at £35,295.

2019 Mazda CX-5 GT Sport Nav +

But the new trim level is not the only addition to the CX-5 range. For the new year, Mazda has made small upgrades to the cabin and suspension.

The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity systems are now standard across the CX-5 range, while there’s also a new climate control panel.

2019 Mazda CX-5 GT Sport Nav +

And Mazda has made a host of revisions to the oily bits, attempting to “refine the CX-5’s balance of agile handling and comfortable ride quality”.

The anti-roll bars, shock absorbers and even the rubber bushes in the front suspension have all been tweaked, while the car’s G-Vectoring Control system, which lightly applies the front brakes as the car turns into a corner to move the weight forward and improve front grip, has also been updated.

2019 Mazda CX-5 GT Sport Nav +

Commenting on the launch of the updated CX-5, Mazda's UK managing director, Jeremy Thomson, said: “The CX-5 showcases how Mazda can make an SUV that’s stylish, great to drive and capable of luring customers from premium badged rivals. The updates last year introduced new levels of sophistication to our large SUV, and the 2019 model ensures Mazda’s love of driving is even more apparent in the CX-5’s outstanding balance of ride and handling”.

“The fact that over 80 percent of CX-5s sold in the UK are Sport Nav+ trim shows that our customers value the superb blend of luxury and equipment offered by our high-grade models, so with the introduction of the GT Sport Nav+ we now have a new model that offers even more exclusivity and interior comfort for discerning SUV buyers.”

Gallery: 2019 Mazda CX-5 GT Sport Nav+