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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
20 reader reviews for Mazda CX-5 Crossover.
  • 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.

  • 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr

    Roland Stevenson , Powys . Date: 09/01/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40.6

    My car

    This car is in the 5th month of ownership after 3500 miles. It has had 3 motorway journeys of over 200 miles and otherwise has been commuting 28 miles a day mainly on an A road but does about 4 miles on hilly unclassified roads. During that time it has averaged 40.6mpg which is less than my wife’s Mitsubishi Outlander with similar engine, hardly class leading.

    When I ordered this car it was strictly on the understanding that it would have a spare wheel as an extra cost (£237) dealer fitted option suggested by 2 Mazda dealers. This to replace the utterly useless puncture sealant supplied as standard in the UK. On delivery, oh dear that is to follow. After over 4 months it is still to follow and Mazda’s attitude is total disinterest.

    On the positive side, I find the overall road/wind noise even when fitted with all terrain tyres quite acceptable unlike other reviews. Using an original wheel as a spare only caused the mpg to drop by 0.3mpg so the planet is still fairly safe.

    This is our 3rd SUV and I find the ride, handling and performance to be very good although electric power steering hasn’t the feel of hydraulic.

    I(rritating)-Stop seems to have a mind of its own. Sometimes when it has been turned off it will activate for no reason that I can see. When I get out of the car to open my gate the engine stays running or sometime it stops and sometimes it stops and the engine needs restarting with the start button which is difficult to see behind the steering wheel.

  • 2.2D Sky-D 150 SE-L Nav AWD 5dr

    Norman Stott , Lancashire . Date: 14/08/2012
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      49

    My car

    After 1800 miles of varied driving, urban and motorway, I continue to think there is little to criticise in Mazda's CX5 2.2D AWD. And perhaps the only thing it will suffer from is the lack of three letters...BMW ! Having owned two previous Mazda models, both Mk1 and Mk2 Mazda 6 over a ten year period, the CX5 appears to continue and increase their delivery of a 'quality' product.

    I was disappointed to read that Whatcar considered the CX5 to be only worthy of a low 2 star "refinement" rating. This is undeserved as Whatcar, themselves, say the engine shows excellent refinement and can only point to wind around wing mirrors and some tyre noise. Even if present, it’s not intrusive and a drop of three stars is a heavy penalty. Similar criticisms have been made of more iconic German models, with little loss of their star rating.

    Driving the CX5 is a pleasurable experience, particularly for an SUV, characterised by Mazda's commendable driver centred design. The SkyActiv engine and gearbox are worthy of much praise and this may well be undermined due to the absence of those afore mentioned three letters. The suspension may be a little firm for some, though never uncomfortably so. Average fuel consumption is currently running at 49mpg, and this should improve with mileage.

    Be assured, this is a good SUV, suffering little other than the lack of a Germanic name. Most will delight in its virtues, few would deny its qualities.

  • 2.0 FWD Skyactiv-G SE-L 5dr

    David Brazier , . Date: 03/08/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I recently had the good fortune to drive a CX5 in Australia and thought it an absolute peach. Ride, comfort and handling first class. All desirable feature boxes fully ticked. Maybe I was lucky but I didn't notice the wind and road noise mentioned in the Whatcar test. The dash in my opinion is reserved and stylish. Mazda have this absolutely spot on not like some manufacturers (Ford take note) that think stylish means putting as much tacky silver finish as possible everywhere! However there is a BIG problem here in the UK. The version I drove in Australia (and one that seems to be available in every other market) is the petrol automatic. Mazda UK have seen fit not to import this version. This is both a pity and stupid as the advantages of diesel here in the UK are not so clear cut particularly with low mileage users. When you add in the problems of particualte filters and dual mass flywheels a good petrol engine (and the one in the CX5 is good) is a much better bet. I am sure there are many drivers who appreciate the refinment of a petrol engine combined a high seating position and the convenience of an auto box. Well, in the UK at least, you are out of luck if you like the CX5. Another trick missed is the spare wheel....there isn't one! How stupid for this type of vehicle. About time manufacturers woke up. At least VW appear to be responding on this. So, a great vehicle providing you dont need a petrol automatic.

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