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For The engine is spectacular, thanks to its mix of perky power delivery, excellent refinement and super-low running costs.

Against Like all CX-5s, this version doesn’t ride or handle particularly well, and refinement (engine aside) is disappointing.

Mazda CX-5 Crossover

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5 out of 5 stars

If you want a CX-5, this is the one to go for. It has a brilliant engine, it’s reasonably affordable and it’s well-equipped.

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Key facts

9.2 secs
Top speed
126 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

With three engines to choose from, two gearboxes, six trims and front- or four-wheel drive, there are many different ways your Mazda CX-5 could turn out. However, there are one or two versions that really stand out.

The first selection to make is the lower-powered of the two diesel engines. It’s affordable to buy and run, has excellent performance and is more refined than its higher-powered counterpart. You also want to stick with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Most buyers won’t be taking their CX-5 anywhere near the countryside, either, so we’d advise opting for front-wheel drive rather than four-wheel drive.

Lastly, stick with SE-L trim. It keeps purchase prices reasonable, and comes with luxuries such as alloy wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control and dual-zone climate control. Sport trim adds a few more desirable goodies, including a reversing camera, but it ups the price substantially.

Reader test team says:

Mazda CX-5 Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L 5dr

I have done over 52k plus in the CX5 2.2D and I'm very impressed with the car. My ratings are based on the type of car it is and the cost, so yes…

Jeremy Pallett

5 out of 5 stars

Mazda CX-5 Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr

I bought this following glowing reviews and what is claim very low fuel consumption. Bought via Drivethedeal.com who I would recommend. The car lacks…

Martyn Redfearn

3 out of 5 stars

Mazda CX-5 Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 Sport Nav 5dr

Very good car for the price, although I would also take a look at Kia Sportage before buying as its similar but cheaper (and nearly same size). The…

maciej swiatly

3 out of 5 stars

Mazda CX-5 Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr

Great car to drive both solo and towing. Only had it 6 months with 4K miles, so will update later.


5 out of 5 stars
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