Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
A CX-5 petrol 2.0 Skyactiv-G feels a little weaker on the road compared with the diesels, but is the pick of the line-up for private buyers because it's much cheaper to buy and still offers decent fuel economy. The Mazda costs less than the equivalent Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq but slightly more than the Citroën C5 Aircross.
It is predicted to hold on to its value slightly better than the 5008 and C5 Aircross over three years, and that helps to keep Mazda’s 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 Skyativ-G petrol engine offers very competitive real-world fuel consumption for a petrol though.
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.
The range-topping GT Sport, which comes with softer Napa leather, front-seat ventilation and heated rear seats, is too expensive to recommend.