MAZDA CX-5 Estate front space
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 bottom of the dashboard is perfect for taking a mobile phone or a set of keys. The glovebox is similarly capacious, with enough room to accept more than just the car's manual, while the two cupholders between the seats will keep a large coffee cup or one-litre bottle steady.
Storage cubbies dotted around the interior should also come in handy for families on the go, and tech-focused children are likely to appreciate the two USB ports.
MAZDA CX-5 Estate rear space
The CX-5 is hardly short of space in the rear; even lanky folk will have a sizeable gap between their knees and the front seatback. Anyone in the back of, say, a Ford Kuga will be considerably more cramped.
However, the rival Skoda Kodiaq has slightly more head room and considerably more leg room, so it's a better choice if you regularly carry tall adults in the back. And the Kodiaq, like the Nissan X-Trail and Peugeot 5008, has seven seats, whereas the CX-5 only has five.
MAZDA CX-5 Estate seating flexibility
The rear seats benefit from a two-stage reclining mechanism, meaning those sitting in the back can 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.
Folding down the rear seats is a doddle because you simply pull handles on the walls of the boot and the seatbacks drop by themselves. This handy feature is available on 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 offered in many rivals.
MAZDA CX-5 Estate boot space
Sporting just over 500 litres with the rear seats in place, the CX-5 has slightly less room for luggage than many of its rivals, including the Kodiaq and X-Trail. It's hardly poky, though; there’s still enough room to fit two large pushchairs inside and it's wide enough to take a standard set of golf clubs.
In addition, folding down the rear seats creates a huge, flat load bay 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.