Space in the front of the CX-5 is comparable with that in most rivals. There's enough head and leg room for tall adults to sit comfortably, and they won't struggle for shoulder room, either.
There are long, deep storage pockets in both front doors, and a large cubbyhole at the bottom of the dashboard is perfect for taking a mobile phone or a set of keys. The glovebox is similarly spacious, with enough room to accept more than just the car's manual, while both cupholders between the seats will keep a large coffee cup or one-litre bottle steady.
Storage cubbies dotted around the cabin should also come in handy for families on the go, and tech-focused children are likely to appreciate the two USB ports.
Mazda CX-5 rear space
A couple of tall adults will have plenty of head and leg room in the back, although fitting three burly fellows on the rear bench will be a bit of a squeeze. Three children will be fine, as long as they’re old enough not to need child seats; if you’ve got younger children, a child seat will happily slot in either side of the middle seat.
Mazda CX-5 seating flexibility
It’s not just front passengers that are treated to clever design. The rear seats also benefit from a two-step reclining mechanism, which can be great for adjusting your position on longer journeys. The seats are also plusher than before, as the newly designed cushions conform to the shape of the passenger’s lower body.
Final trims are yet to be confirmed, but top spec models will come equipped with heated rear seats and two USB points located in the fold down arm rest.
Unlike many rival SUVs, the CX-5's rear seats can also be folded down quickly and simply in a 40/20/40 split using levers on the side of the boot. Once down, the seatbacks lie almost flat against the seatbases.
Mazda CX-5 boot space
Sporting just over 500 litres with the rear seats in place, the CX-5 has less room for luggage than many of its rivals, including the Honda CR-V, Peugeot 5008, Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail. That doesn’t mean it’s small though; there’s still enough room to fit two large pushchairs inside, and the CX-5's boot is wide enough to take a typical set of golf clubs. Folding down the rear seats creates a huge load bay, too.
There's no adjustable-height boot floor, but there's a usefully large storage area beneath it, plus two handy cubbyholes behind the rear wheel arches. And because the floor sits almost flush with the boot opening, there’s no awkward lip to heave things over.