Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Space in the front of the CX-5 is comparable with most of its key rivals. There's enough head and leg room for tall adults to sit comfortably, and they won't struggle for shoulder room, either.
There are long, deep storage pockets in both front doors, a large cubbyhole at the base of the dashboard – perfect for your phone or keys – and a big glovebox with enough room for more than just the owner's manual. To top it all off, the two cupholders between the seats will keep any large coffee cups or 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.
As we mentioned in the introduction, many rivals, including the 5008, CR-V and Skoda Kodiaq, are available with seven seats, whereas the CX-5 has just five seats, like the Citroën C5 Aircross.
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 don’t slide back and forth, as they do in the C5 Aircross, Kodiaq and 5008.
Folding down the rear seats is a doddle. You simply pull handles on the sides of the boot and the seatbacks drop by themselves. This handy feature is also 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 as standard, which offer more seating options than the 60/40 layout in some of its rivals.
The CX-5 has slightly less room for luggage than many of its rivals, including the Kodiaq, C5 Aircross, 5008 and CR-V. It's hardly poky, though, and there’s still enough room to fit two large pushchairs inside, and it's just about wide enough to take a 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.
A fine SUV, particularly in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) form
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