The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best large SUVs you can buy. Why? Well, it may not have the additional practicality of seven seats that a Peugeot 5008 comes with as standard, but if you don't need the extra seating the CX-5 has plenty of room for five adults and their luggage in its smart, classy interior. It's also very well equipped, including for safety features, and has something of a USP among the non-premium badged large SUVs: it handles really tidily, so will please those of you who enjoy spirited driving. Overall, we think it's a cracking car.read the full model review
You get a healthy amount of kit even choosing the entry-level SE-L Nav+ model. The highlights include 17in alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive LED headlights, privacy glass, power-folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats. Infotainment includes a 7.0in screen, a DAB radio and Bluetooth, while among the safety features are automatic emergency braking, lane assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
The pick of the engine range. It pulls hard from 1100rpm all the way to the redline, so actually feels more like a turbocharged petrol than a diesel. Comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but you can have an auto 'box and four-wheel drive if you'd prefer.