Our cars: Mazda CX-5 - February
Week ending February 22
Driven this week 330 miles
It's funny how it can take you a while to notice all the little design touches in a car. I've been driving the CX-5 for almost a year now, and yet it was only last night that I noticed this: there's a little channel cut out of the centre cubby, that's ideal for threading through a USB lead when charging my phone.
The USB port is in this cubby, and when I charge the phone or want to play music from it, I have just stuck phone and lead into the storage bin. This little channel means I can keep the charging phone in view yet not have the lid squeeze down on the cable.
Week ending February 15
Driven this week 220 miles
I got an email earlier this week from a reader who was considering buying a CX-5. He was a little concerned about the car's reliability: he had heard owners complaining of having to make unscheduled oil changes.
I haven't had any problems with the CX-5 as yet. I doubled checked the oil levels and while it could probably do with a top-up, it's no more than you would expect during routine maintenance of the car.
Mazda UK said it wasn't aware of a particular issue, but if you have had problem with your CX-5, let me know the details.
Week ending February 8
Driven this week 200 miles
Maybe it's a bloke thing, or maybe it's just me, but if a boot door won't close first time, I try closing it again a little harder. Then a little harder still. With the CX-5 there have been occasions when I'm slamming the back door repeatedly but it still won't close.
What's doubly annoying is that the boot seems closed, and it's only when I get back into the driving seat, and see the boot door open warning light, that I realise that it still is not closed. Grrr.
It seems that a softer touch is needed. If I close the boot gently, rather than attempt anything approaching a 'slam', then bingo, we are good to go.
Week ending February 1
Driven this week: 800 miles
I've been banging on about the CX-5's excellent fuel economy recently, but the 2.2-litre diesel's talents are not just restricted to its average MPG: the engine is really refined, as well.
It is so quiet at tickover that there are times when I don't realise the engine stop-start system has kicked in, yet once you hit the accelerator, though, there's masses of torque right from the off.
It is extremely flexible and happy to rev, too. There is a higher-powered diesel in the range, but this 148bhp version really is a peach and I see no reason to look past it.
Oh, and it has a Skyactiv blue engine cover too, which I rather like.