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For The Mazda CX-5 gives you lots of interior space and equipment for a reasonable price. It also gives you class-leading figures for emissions and fuel economy, and the diesel engine is a real peach.

Against The ride could be more forgiving, and the overabundance of wind and road noise ruins the car’s refinement. Some of the interior trim is a little drab, too.

Mazda CX-5 Crossover
55 5stars

Sensational in some areas, but disappointing in others. Still, if you’re looking for a compact SUV, the Mazda CX-5 should be near the top of your shortlist.

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There are 14 Mazda CX-5 versions available

Crossover 2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 SE-L 5dr £21,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 SE-L Nav 5dr £22,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L 5dr £23,295
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 Sport 5dr £23,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Nav 5dr £23,995
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 Sport Nav 5dr £24,695
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Lux 5dr £24,695
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 150 SE-L AWD 5dr £24,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 150 SE-L Lux Nav 5dr £25,395
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 Sport 5dr £25,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 150 SE-L Nav AWD 5dr £25,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 Sport Nav 5dr £26,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport AWD 5dr £27,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr £28,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

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 Sky-D 150 SE-L Lux Nav 5dr

Most comfortable car I've ever driven. Excellent driving position, loads of space, top spec and excellent build quality. Reasonable economy but only…

Richard Pegg

5 out of 5 stars

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

I Have had this car for nearly 8 months and I find it a joy to drive. I changed to the Mazda from a Kia Sportage and not only is the mpg figures an…

DAVID MACBETH

5 out of 5 stars

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
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