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.

Mazda CX-5 Crossover
55 5stars

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 7 Mazda CX-5 versions available

Crossover 2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 SE-L Nav 5dr £22,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Nav 5dr £24,795
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 Sport Nav 5dr £25,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 150 SE-L Lux Nav 5dr £26,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 150 SE-L Nav AWD 5dr £26,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 Sport Nav 5dr £27,195
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2D Sky-D 175 Sport Nav AWD 5dr £29,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

With three engines to choose from, two gearboxes, three 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 Nav trim. It keeps purchase prices reasonable and comes with sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and cruise control. Sport Nav 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 2.0 FWD Skyactiv-G SE-L 5dr

Had the car 8 months now, its the Sport Nav 173 9,500 on the clock, I'm very pleased with it. We did a lot of research and trying out before buying.…

Chris Weston

5 out of 5 stars

Mazda CX-5 Crossover 2.0 FWD Skyactiv-G SE-L 5dr

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…

Pete Oldfield

5 out of 5 stars

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

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…

Luke Stevens

5 out of 5 stars

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

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…

Simon Brown

1 out of 5 stars
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