Space in the front of the CX-5 is comparable with that in most rivals. There's enough head and leg room for tall adults to sit comfortably, and they won't struggle for shoulder room.
There are long, deep storage pockets in both front doors, while a large cubbyhole at the base of the dashboard is perfect for taking your phone and keys. The glovebox is similarly large, with enough room to accept more than just the owner's manual, while the two cupholders between the seats will keep large coffee cups, or smaller bottles of water, steady.
While a couple of six-footers will fit easily enough in the back of the CX-5, the gap between their knees and the seat in front won’t be huge. The Peugeot 5008 and Toyota RAV4 are a bit more generous in this regard, while the limo-like CR-V offers loads more leg room.
Many rivals, including the 5008, CR-V and Skoda Kodiaq, are available with seven seats, whereas the CX-5 is available in five-seat form only.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats benefit from a two-stage reclining mechanism that allows passengers to kick back and relax on longer jaunts. However, it's a pity that the seats can't be slid back and forth like they can in the Kodiaq and 5008.
Folding down the rear seats is a doddle: you simply pull handles on the walls of the boot and the seatbacks drop by themselves. This handy feature is available in the Kodiaq, but only if you're prepared to pay extra. What's more, the CX-5's seatbacks are split in a 40/20/40 arrangement that's more convenient than the 60/40 layout in many rivals.
The CX-5 has slightly less room for luggage than many of its rivals, including the Kodiaq, 5008 and CR-V. It's hardly poky, though; there’s still enough room to fit two large pushchairs inside, and it's just about wide enough to take an average set of golf clubs.
In addition, folding down the rear seats creates a huge, flat loadbay with no annoying steps or crevices. The boot floor isn't height-adjustable, but there is a usefully large storage area beneath it, plus two handy cubbyholes behind the rear wheel arches. And because the floor sits almost flush with the boot opening, there’s no awkward lip to heave things over.