Large SUVs like 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.
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 generous considering the car’s relatively low price.
True, it isn't perfect; some of its interior could be made from more desirable materials, and you hear considerable road and wind noise at speed.
On balance, though, we think it should be near the top of your shopping list, if you're looking for an SUV at this price level.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Mazda CX-5, along with our recommendations for the best trim level and engine to choose.