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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Mazda CX-5 4X4
21 reader reviews for Mazda CX-5 Crossover.
  • 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 Sport 5dr

    Chris Rothwell , Worcs . Date: 18/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I have owned this car for 6 months, and have driven 10k in this time. It has been an excellent car to own and thoroughly deserves the high score WC has given it in their review.

    The engine is a peach in terms of response and oomph, although the fuel consumption is far higher than the claims! If you drive it at a sedate 60mph then you will get a very nice 60mpg, however in real terms I my car has gone from an almost scary 35mpg towards 43-45 as the car has bedded in, and I hope that it continues to move in the right direction over the next 10k. There is loads of space inside and compares more than favourably with its BMW, Audi and other contemporaries that cost a lot more.

    Build quality is, in the main, comparable with cars that cost some 5-10k more. However, there are some small gripes here: the wind noise is defiantly there, esp if you drive at 75 mph plus (which given I drive a lot on the continent is a speed I do regularly), the bonnet also has a tendency to flutter slightly at this speed also, and the fit of the carpets in the back is not tight - too much material! But it is a damn sight better than the 2 stars WC have given.

    Loads of kit, looks great inside and out, cracking sound system, brilliant drive, and also not a regular sight on the road which I think gives a certain cache. Would I spend in excess of 10k more for the equivalent Q5 or X3 with less kit? Not a chance, they look expensive and unnecessary against this most excellent of cars.

  • 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr

    Anthony Dow Date: 06/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Very pleased with this purchase and I am hard pressed to find fault. I test drove this 175 Auto model on the motorway but could not hear the excessive wind/road noise mentioned in the Whatcar review -I am sure this is a leftover comment as the magazine has always criticised Mazda's on this point! The ride on 19" wheels is pleasantly firm and copes with English potholes noticeably better than my previous car's 17" ones. There is plenty of hi-tech on board: navigation, speed camera and traffic warnings, on-line weather updates as well as instant access to your mobiles phone and music. Just pop the SD card from the dash into your PC for instant updates, free for the first 3 months.

    My first diesel purchase ever but you would only know when you stop and idle - even then the I-stop cuts the engine and only restarts, instantly, when the brakes are released. Great acceleration from the 175 bhp/420fp torque 2.2 litre unit. The car certainly deserves the Whatcar 5 star accolade, but perhaps the engine is too new for me to get the advertised consumption, or anything like it. I'll report back in a few weeks!

  • 2.0 FWD Skyactiv-G SE-L 5dr

    Gareth Evans , Hampshire . Date: 28/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As a high mileage driver I chose the CX5 Sport nav model as it came pretty much with everything you would want however the most important feature for me was the Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to play an iPhone whilst making long journeys for business. Eight weeks into owning the vehicle i'm extremely disappointed to find that I cannot play the iPhone through the USB and now the Bluetooth has also stopped working so I cannot make hands-free calls or listen to any music from the iPhone. I have taken the vehicle to my local Mazda dealer who were really unhelpful and told me that they did not know of any problems despite the problems being well documented on the Internet. No solution was offered and I had to ask for the telephone number for Mazda to speak with someone who could be more helpful and again they were not very helpful instead suggested I take it to another Mazda dealer some 20 miles from where I live. I'm now left with a vehicle which Is useless in terms of my business functions and feel completely let down by Mazdas lack of after-care.

  • 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr

    Alan Bickerstaff , Derbyshire . Date: 07/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    I was lucky to get one of the first CX5's in August 2012, having extended the lease on a Forester 2.0D to wait for the release date. I've now done 22000 miles and can say that it is excellent in almost all respects. It's roomy (I'm 6ft 5in tall), comfortable, has plenty of boot space, is well equipped and a pleasure to drive. The Forester had more rear leg room and sounded nicer, but the Mazda beats it everywhere else. I do have one major issue though - fuel consumption. This is the first car I've had in 15 years that I've not been able to match or exceed the official MPG figures for. Since last December, I've been keeping detailed records and the average is 41MPG over the last 17,000 miles compared with the official average of 54.3. It has improved over time (was 37MPG initially), but it's a slow process. Best is at a steady 70 on a motorway with cruise on.

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