Mazda CX-5 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mazda CX-5 2021 infotainment
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  • Mazda CX-5 2021 dashboard
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 back seats
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  • Mazda CX-5 2021 front seats
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 steering wheel
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 infotainment dial control
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 boot
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 front cornering
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 rear cornering
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 dashboard
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 back seats
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 infotainment
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 right tracking
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 left tracking
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 right tracking
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 front seats
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 steering wheel
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 infotainment dial control
  • Mazda CX-5 2021 boot
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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.

Mazda CX-5 2021 infotainment

Reliability

The CX-5 performed very well in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey – it finished second in the large SUV class, behind the previous-generation Ford Kuga in first.

Overview

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best large SUVs you can buy. Why? Well, while it lacks the additional practicality of seven seats the Peugeot 5008 comes with as standard, it's well priced, very well equipped, safe and classy inside. The 2.0 petrol in entry-level SE-L trim offers the best value for money, but 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