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.
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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 11 Mazda CX-5 versions available
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:
I have had this car for a month and my enjoyment of what is otherwise an excellent drivers car is marred by a persistent and extremely irritating wind…
Most comfortable car I've ever driven. Excellent driving position, loads of space, top spec and excellent build quality. Reasonable economy but only…
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…
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…