Large SUVs such as the Mazda CX-5 are normally associated with high driving positions and off-road ability, not high MPG and low CO2. Mazda's intention with the CX-5 was to change all that.
Mazda's Skyactiv efficiency technology has given the CX-5 some of the lowest CO2 emissions and highest fuel economy figures in the class, beating those of rivals such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
However, the CX-5 also has the space to rival them, because its interior is large and the boot a generous size.
It handles exceptionally well for a large SUV, too, while the amount of standard equipment you get is plentiful considering the car’s relatively low price.
True, it isn't perfect; parts of its interior could be made from more substantial materials, and you hear considerable road and wind noise at speed.
Read on over the next few pages to get our indepth impressions of the Mazda CX-5, along with our recommendations for the best trim level and engine to choose.