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 versions. 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 gearbox. Most buyers won’t be taking their CX-5 anywhere near the countryside, either, so we’d advise opting for front- 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:

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Chris Weston

5 out of 5 stars

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Pete Oldfield

5 out of 5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars

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