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, even though CO2 emissions are quite a bit higher than they were on the previous CX-5. The Kuga also emits less.
The 2.0-litre petrol can't compete with the diesels on average fuel economy, but officially it will do up to 44.1mpg, and we found it to be pretty respectable in the real world, too.
Mazda CX-5 estate equipment
There are just two trim levels to choose from: SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav+. The former is all you really need, because it gets you plenty of kit, including cruise control, climate control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, adaptive LED headlights and plenty of infotainment features.
However, range-topping Sport Nav+ trim is worth a look if you love your luxuries. It isn't hideously priced and gets you fully electric leather seats (heated in the front), keyless entry, a powered tailgate and a head-up display.
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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