For The Mazda CX-5 gives you lots of interior space and equipment for a reasonable price. It also has superb fuel economy and CO2 emission figures, and the diesel engine is a 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 drab, too.
What Car? says
It's sensational in some areas, but disappointing in others. Still, if you’re in the market 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 versions. 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 gearbox. Most buyers won’t be taking their CX-5 anywhere near the countryside, either, so we’d advise opting for front- 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:
After many test drives of similar vehicles this car simply stood out from the rest. Without boring readers re-iterating the good points about the CX5…
I didn't plan on buying one of these but spotted it while my missus was buying a new car and loved the look of it. After doing my research and having…
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…