Mazda CX-5 estate driving position
The CX-5 has a typical lofty driving position that most SUV fans will appreciate; you feel further from the ground than you do in, say, the Ateca or Kuga. The seats are both comfortable and supportive, and all models come with adjustable lumbar support to prevent you from slouching on long journeys.
In addition, the CX-5's pedals are in line with the driver's seat, so you never end up sitting twisted to the left or right. Finding the ideal driving position is easiest on range-topping Sport Nav+ models, because these have fully electrically adjustable seats.
Mazda CX-5 estate visibility
The CX-5's thin front window pillars help you see clearly when approaching junctions, while your view sideways is also good, thanks to the relatively large windows.
A sizeable rear screen means the view directly backwards isn’t too bad, either, and all CX-5s come with front and rear parking sensors. Go for range-topping Sport Nav+ trim and you'll get a rear-view camera, too.
Mazda CX-5 estate infotainment
The CX-5’s infotainment system is slick and relatively easy to use. The rotary dial controller, mounted just behind the gearlever, is the simplest way to control it (you simply twist the dial to scroll through menus and press down to make a selection), although you can use the touchscreen if you prefer. Regardless, the display is crisp and easy to read, and sat-nav is standard on all versions. The only obvious omission is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
Adding to the system’s ease of use is the fact that the USB and aux-in ports are positioned just in front of the gearlever, above a tray that can hold your phone. This means you don’t need to have tangling cables or fumble around in the glovebox to find a connector.
Mazda CX-5 estate build quality
Interior quality was one of the previous CX-5’s biggest flaws, so this is the area that Mazda worked hardest on for the second-generation car. And it shows: the new CX-5 is much classier inside than the low-rent-feeling Kuga, for example, although not quite as well screwed together as the Kodiaq.
Most of the surfaces are soft to the touch, and those that aren’t tend to be hidden low down. There’s an eclectic mix of materials that work together to enhance the ambience, including leather highlights around the centre console and, depending on which trim you opt for, attractive dashboard inserts.