Mazda CX-5 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£25,600
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Mazda CX-5 2019 RHD infotainment
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

In a like-for-like specification, the CX-5 is cheaper to buy than the Kodiaq and 5008. 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 Ford Kuga.

The CX-5 is predicted to hold on to its value well enough, although it won't be worth as much as many of its key rivals after three years. PCP deals are very competitive, though, and the diesel CX-5 is more frugal than many rivals in real-world driving: the 148bhp manual version averaged a very respectable 47.4mpg, whereas the equivalent Kuga managed 43.9mpg. 

The 148bhp diesel is definitely the one to go for if you're a company car driver as CO2 emissions are competitive – especially if you stick with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. Mind you, hybrid rivals, such as the Toyota RAV4 and CR-V, are even cheaper options.

Equipment, options and extras

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 and comes with adaptive cruise control, climate control, automatic lights and rain-sensing wipers.

However, Sport Nav+ trim beings a bit of extra luxury and isn’t hideously priced. It adds electric leather seats (heated in the front), a heated steering wheel, keyless entry, an electric tailgate and a head-up display (a system that projects speed and other useful info onto the windscreen in the driver's field of vision).

The range topping GT Sport Nav+ comes with softer Nappa leather, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, but is too expensive to recommend.

Mazda CX-5 2019 RHD infotainment

Reliability

The CX-5 performed very well in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. In the large SUV class, it finished second behind the Volvo XC60. In the process, it beat the Ford Kuga, Skoda Kodiaq and Mercedes GLC. Meanwhile, Mazda as a brand came 17th out of 31 manufacturers.

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

Safety and security

The CX-5 comes with a healthy list of safety equipment. This includes city emergency braking, stability control and six airbags, but also some features that many manufacturers charge extra for, such as lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

All of this has helped the CX-5 score a maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP tests. A closer look at the crash test results show the CX-5 outscored the Kodiaq and CR-V for adult occupant protection, but received fewer marks for child crash protection. The best cars in the class for safety, with the highest overall scores from NCAP, include the Toyota RAV4 and Volvo XC60. 

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

  • Classy interior
  • Tidy handling
  • Very well equipped
  • Overly firm ride
  • No seven-seat option
  • Rivals have more space for passengers and luggage

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