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The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best large SUVs you can buy. Why? Well, while it lacks the additional practicality of seven seats the Peugeot 5008 comes with as standard, it's well priced, very well equipped, safe and classy inside. The 2.0 petrol in entry-level SE-L trim offers the best value for money, but the diesels are well worth a look if you do above average mileage.
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It's packed with kit so it is our pick of the range. On the spec sheet you will find 17in alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, LED headlights, driver’s lumbar adjustment, dual-zone climate control, privacy glass, front and rear parking sensors, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic lights and wipers. There’s also a 10.3in infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto, plus lots of standard safety kit, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring and high beam assist.
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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.
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