Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 review

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Mazda CX-5 estate running costs

In a like-for-like specification, the CX-5 is cheaper to buy than the Kodiaq. You can expect a small saving on the asking price, although don't expect to haggle the sort of whopping discount you'd be able to get on the Kuga.

The CX-5 is predicted to hold on to its value well, but it won't be worth quite as much as the Kodiaq after three years. PCP deals are competitive rather than outstanding, although the diesel CX-5 is more frugal than its rivals in real-world driving; the 2.2 150 2WD manual version averaged a very respectable 47.4mpg, whereas the equivalent Kuga managed 43.9mpg. Go for the more powerful and more expensive 2.2 184 AWD and your running costs will go up.

The 2.2 150 2WD version is definitely the one to go for if you're a company car driver as the CO2 emissions are competitive, being lower than an equivalent Kodiaq but more than a 5008.

The 2.0-litre petrol can't compete with the diesels on average fuel economy, but officially it will do up to 38.2mpg, and we found it to be pretty respectable in the real world, too.

Mazda CX-5 estate equipment

There are three trim levels to choose from: SE-L Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+. Entry-level SE-L Nav+ is all most will really need; it comes with cruise control, climate control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, adaptive LED headlights and plenty of infotainment features.

However, Sport Nav+ trim adds a bit of extra luxury and isn’t  hideously priced. It adds fully electric leather seats (heated in the front), a heated steering wheel, keyless entry, a powered tailgate, and a head-up display and a premium 10-speaker Bose sound system.

The range topping GT Sport Nav+ comes with soft Nappa leather, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive LED headlights and a 360 parking camera, but is too expensive to recommend.

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Mazda CX-5 estate reliability

The CX-5 performed very well in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey. In the large SUV class, it finished third behind the Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe. In the process, it beat the Nissan X-Trail, Honda CR-V, Skoda Kodiaq and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Mazda as a brand came 12th out of 31 manufacturers.

Mazda offers a fairly standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, although this can be extended for a fee.

Mazda CX-5 estate safety and security

The CX-5 comes with a healthy list of safety features. These include automatic emergency braking, stability control and six airbags, but also those items that many manufacturers charge extra for, such as lane assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

All this has helped the CX-5 score a maximum five-star rating in its Euro NCAP test. Breaking down the category scores, it has a better adult protection score than the Kodiaq and Audi Q5 and beats the Kodiaq on child protection.

Security measures include an alarm and engine immobiliser. Security experts Thatcham awarded the CX-5 four out of five for guarding against being broken into and five out of five for resisting being stolen.

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Verdict

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.

  • Classy interior
  • Tidy handling
  • Very well equipped
  • Firm ride
  • No seven-seat option
  • Pricey to lease
Trims
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SE-L Nav+
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Sport Nav+
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