This is the Mazda's second appearance in the SUV category. A large part of its appeal is down to the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine which is, frankly, spectacular.
It manages to keep CO2 emissions down to just 119g/km, so you won't have to pay a fortune in company car tax, yet it's also one of the most refined diesels around, and it pulls strongly throughout the rev range.
Practicality is another big plus point for the CX-5, with plenty of space for four adults. Meanwhile, the large boot is made even more useful by having a flat loading lip and spring-loaded seats that can be folded just by pulling handles in the boot.
It's not all good news, with road noise at higher speeds and dull interior plastics counting against the Mazda. However, this is not enough to detract from the generous equipment on the SE-L trim, the low running costs and that fine engine.