Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
A Mazda CX-5 fitted with the 2.0 Skyactiv-G petrol engine feels a little weaker on the road compared with the diesels, but is our pick for private buyers because it's much cheaper and still offers decent fuel economy. It costs less than the equivalent Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq but slightly more than the Citroën C5 Aircross.
The CX-5 is predicted to hold on to its value as well as the 5008 does, but should depreciate slower than the C5 Aircross and Kodiaq, making PCP car finance deals competitive. If you’re a high-mileage driver and want the best fuel economy in the range, the manual 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 and front-wheel drive 184 diesels are for you. Our favourite 2.0 Skyactiv-G offers very competitive real-world fuel consumption for a petrol, though.
Newground makes the CX-5 look a bit more rugged but doesn’t really get any additional kit, other than the larger 19in alloy wheels and a reversible rubber mat in the boot. If your budget can stretch to it, Sport trim is not drastically more expensive and brings some extra luxury. It adds leather seats (heated in the front), a heated steering wheel, keyless entry, an electric tailgate and a head-up display (HUD), which projects speed and other information on to the windscreen in front of the driver.
Sport Black is another trim level which is concerned with aesthetic changes, while the range-topping GT Sport gets Nappa leather trim, a powered tailgate and the various other toys, including an upgraded speaker system and a 360-degree camera.