Our cars: Mazda CX-5 - December
Week ending December 21
Driven this week 140 miles
Mazda CX-5 review
The integrated sat-nav in the CX-5 costs around £600, which is pretty good value, but it's not without its faults. For the life of me I can't seem to find how to cancel route guidance and switching off the spoken instructions is a bit of a faff, too.
I'm sure the instructions will have the answers to both of these issues, but life is too short to be wading through 45-page manuals and as the sat-nav runs TomTom's software I just expected it to be a lot easier than it actually is.
By Iain Reid
Week ending December 14
Driven this week 350 miles
Had an opportunity last week to try the CX-5 for the first time in months; it's always interesting to see how cars change as the miles pile on. In the most part the Mazda is coping well with life in the hands of Iain Reid; the cabin is holding together, with only a single rattle somewhere in the rear seating area, and the engine has loosened up nicely now, reinforcing my view that it's one of the best diesel motors on sale today. It's keen to rev and pulls strongly from a little over 1000rpm right up to the heady heights of 4500rpm.
Mind you, Mr Reid wasn't too happy with me exploring those extremes, given that I apparently knocked 0.2mpg off his current average. Even taking that into account, and forgetting the government 'claimed' average, a figure north of 47mpg feels pretty decent for a car of this size and performance.
Week ending December 7
Driven this week 200 miles
I got an estimate for the CX-5's cracked door mirror and it seems the repair bill won't be as high as I first imagined.
The only damage is to the mirror's casing, which can be replaced without touching the inner gubbins.
So hopefully the repair will come in under £60, which is a lot less than the £350 is would cost to replace the whole unit.