Final prices are yet to be confirmed and as a result values are hard to gauge at this early stage, but we suspect that they will be competitive with rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq.
If you’re a business buyer the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel’s lower CO2 emissions will make it cheapest on company car tax. However, while the 2.0-litre petrol can’t quite match the diesels for company car tax, it should be considerably cheaper to buy and offers decent fuel consumption. This makes it a good choice for private buyers.
Mazda CX-5 equipment
UK trim levels are yet to be confirmed, but the ‘high-spec’ model we sampled – likely to retain the Sport Nav moniker - features a leather-covered dash and door trims, leather seats with contrasting stitching, four heated seats and two USB ports in the front with two more in the back. There’s also an optional head-up display, which projects useful driving information onto the windscreen in front of the driver.
All cars receive a 7.0in centrally mounted screen with sat-nav and a 4.6in high-resolution TFT between the instrument dials as standard. The former is operated via an Audi-style rotary controller, which makes navigating menus and inputting destinations a relative breeze. The only omission is Apple Car Play and Android Auto, although Mazda says smartphone mirroring functions are coming soon.
Mazda has also focused on improving the user experience by fitting more practical tech. A powered tailgate is now available as an option, the rear seats offer two stages of recline and, once folded flat, you're treated to a flat boot floor with no annoying steps or ridges.
Mazda will also offer the latest safety and assistance systems including automatic emergency braking (AEB), which can stop the car if it detects you’re about to have a crash, as well as traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and adaptive LED headlights.
Mazda CX-5 reliability
The CX-5 is too new to have featured in any of our reliability surveys, but Mazda as a brand is a strong performer. In our most recent customer satisfaction survey, the Japanese manufacturer finished near the top of the list.
What’s more, most of the CX-5’s oily bits are shared with the last generation model, so they are tried and tested.
Mazda CX-5 safety & security
As you’d expect these days, the Mazda CX-5 comes with stability control and a collection of six airbags. It also comes with Smart City Brake Support, which automatically applies the brakes in an emergency to help you avoid an accident or minimise the impact.
Optional equipment includes lane-keeping assist and a driver attention alert system. The adaptive cruise control has also been updated, and now operates all the way down to a complete stop.
Security measures include an alarm and engine immobiliser, and security experts Thatcham awarded the previous CX-5 five out of five for resisting being stolen, and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
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