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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:5 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:5 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 150 SE-L Nav AWD 5dr £25,695
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 Sport Nav 5dr £26,395
What Car? says:5 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 Skyactiv-D 150 Sport Nav 5dr

Very good car for the price, although I would also take a look at Kia Sportage before buying as its similar but cheaper (and nearly same size). The…

maciej swiatly

3 out of 5 stars

Mazda CX-5 Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr

Great car to drive both solo and towing. Only had it 6 months with 4K miles, so will update later.

RAY POOLE

5 out of 5 stars

Mazda CX-5 Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 Sport 5dr

I have owned this car for 6 months, and have driven 10k in this time. It has been an excellent car to own and thoroughly deserves the high score WC…

Chris Rothwell

4 out of 5 stars

Mazda CX-5 Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr

Very pleased with this purchase and I am hard pressed to find fault. I test drove this 175 Auto model on the motorway but could not hear the…

Anthony Dow

5 out of 5 stars
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