Mazda CX-5 2.0 GT Sport 5dr Auto Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £34,345What Car? Target Price£33,145
Review

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 it's well priced, very well equipped, safe and classy inside. Stick with the 2.0 petrol in entry-level SE-L trim for the best value for money, although the diesels are well worth a look if you do above average mileage.

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The range-topper is too pricey to recommend but does come with lots of kit. On top of Sport trim it adds softer nappa leather, front-seat ventilation, heated rear seats and wood trim on the dash. It also gets a safety pack that includes a driver attention monitor, 360-deg camera and adaptive LED headlights, which can stay on main beams without dazzling the drivers in front.

Mazda doesn't use turbochargers to boost the performance of its petrol engines. So, even though the 163bhp 2.0 Skyactiv-G 165 has a larger capacity and more power than the Citroën C5 Aircross 1.2 Puretech 130, it's no quicker (it does 0-62mph in 10.3sec) and nowhere near as flexible from low revs. You have to get it to 3000rpm and beyond to release its performance, which makes it harder work because you're changing down gears more often. It's also noisy but the fuel economy is pretty good.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH9.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

38.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

506

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

166

g/km

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