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.
What Car? says
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 12 Mazda CX-5 versions available
Target Price team says:
With three engines to choose from, two gearboxes, four 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 like alloy wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control and dual-zone climate control. Sport trim adds a few more desirable goodies including leather seats, but it ups the price substantially.
Reader test team says:
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…
Amazing car and one of the best we have owned. My wife drives the car and loves the handling, looks, quality of materials and all of the…
Have now covered about 1700 miles in the first two months of ownership. Having moved downmarket from a Jaguar XF I was concerned about whether I would…
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.…