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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
19 reader reviews for Mazda CX-5 Crossover.
  • 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Lux 5dr

    Robert Leon , Herts . Date: 02/06/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have now had the 2.2d 2WD CX5 SEL for over a month and done 1400 miles. It’s very comfortable and commodious with a large boot unlike the VW Tiguan. With the 17 inch wheels the ride is smooth and not overtly firm, although the car feels larger than say a VW Touran and has some body role. The diesel engine is a peach with low end torque and revs freely to say 5000 rpm. What’s very impressive is the economy, typically on a long run I can get a computed mpg of 49 if I don’t go over 69 mph (gps), 56 if I don’t go over 65 mph and around suburbia I can obtain 45mpg driving conservatively. However these figures can drop quite a bit if I start to push the car or drive at higher speeds on the motorway. For me the start-stop system works very effectively. The car feels very solid, well built and plush. Inside I feel very secure and cosseted; it’s really quiet and I really don’t suffer from wind/road noise. I always thought the VW produced ergonomically designed dash and interior (although a bit plan at times), but I would say I feel equally at home with the CX5. Storage compartments (especially in the doors) are a bit sparse but I don’t really mind as there is less rubbish to clear out after the children. I would have liked a panoramic roof though like VW. That said the SEL is well equipped and the cruise control/blue toothworks really well. With £30 pa road tax, great fuel economy and a very pokey diesel engine I must commend Mazda for producing such a great first SUV.

  • 2.0 FWD Skyactiv-G SE-L 5dr

    ARRY ARRY , Oxfordshire . Date: 15/03/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After spending a month driving several different crossovers , the Mazda CX5 was a clear winner . As I don't do enough miles to warrant a Diesel I brought the Petrol model but get the economy of a Diesel. The Interior has a far better finish and quality to it than the others that all looked either dated or cheap. I had read that the CX5 was priced high compared to the others BUT with the others once you start adding bits to get the same spec and engine performance the CX5 isn't that expensive. I found at 6'2" my hair would annoyingly just brush the roof in both Qashqai and Kia Sportage the Ix35 was ok but the CX5 I had a good 6"inches spare . There seems more room in the front and rear and the boot than the others , And to top it off it looks better than the others Was also told that you cant get a space saver wheel , but you can its the same for a cx7 Mazda Part no's Spare wheel clamp KF0356960A Spare wheel 9965025570 Temporary tyre 810081002

    love it !!!

  • 2.2D Sky-D 150 SE-L Nav AWD 5dr

    Stephen Hesford , Co Durham . Date: 11/03/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having read many reports and reviews, I appear to be one of the few people who finds the CX-5 to be a disappointment. I took delivery of my CX-5 two months ago and have covered 2000 miles.

    On the plus side, the engine is quiet, powerful and responsive; the automatic gearbox is excellent. The seating is comfortable and there is plenty of leg and head room, front and rear. The A/C unit is very good and defrosts and heats the interior efficiently. The CX-5 is generally well equipped but, overall, for a £26,000 car, the interior finish is bland.

    I realise that most manufacturers are trying to replace the spare wheel with an Instant Mobility System (IMS) but many do offer the option of a spare - not Mazda! After much correspondence, Mazda has agreed that the IMS cannot be used to repair many types of puncture and that any tyre that is repaired with the IMS must be replaced with a new tyre. Crazy! Mazda has advised me that a spare wheel can be made available, albeit at an exorbitant price of £319.81. However, the parts are not currently available due to demand. Need I say more!

    My CX-5 is not achieving Mazda's claimed fuel consumption figures - or anything near to them! Over several hundred miles of mixed driving with no rush hour driving or significant delays, the computer is showing an average consumption of 31.7mpg. The best figure which I have achieved is 38.6mpg on a 400 mile motorway / A road run.

    The CX-5 is, in my opinion, over-rated and over-priced.

  • 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Lux 5dr

    Allan Bodgers , Lancashire . Date: 12/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    This is a great car. It's comfy, spacious and quick. I would admit the only big down fall is the road noise and wind noise! Why they didn't fit thicker windows or something to help with this problems surprises me. Everything else about this car is world class. If it had a Merc or BMW badge it would be advertised as the best car ever made (they probably would have fixed the wind noise). The MPG is not what it says (no surprise), but if drive it below 65mph you do get average 50mpg. Compared to other similar cars, this one doesn't not suffer from a poor air con system. It warms up in minutes. The i-stop is funny, you end up breaking a little heavier and sometimes tapping the accelerator to get it to work. The storage is excellent and the seats are all very comfy. The seat belt in the back could do more slack, it's a tight squeeze getting a baby car seat. Would I recommend this to my friends - errrr yes! However, I'm looking forward to the next generation of this model. If they can fix the wind noise, these would be the perfect car - FULL STOP.

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