Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 review

Manufacturer price from:£25,595
What Car? Target Price:£24,328
Search new deals
Review continues below...

So, you want an SUV. You’ve thought about a Nissan Qashqai or a Seat Ateca, and you like their cheap running costs, but they’re a little on the small side. What do you buy?

Well, unless you can stretch to an Audi Q5 or Land Rover Discovery Sport, you'll probably find yourself looking at cars such as the Mazda CX-5, Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq.

Unlike those two similar-priced rivals, the CX-5 isn't available with seven seats, but it's still a very practical family car with some clever tricks up its sleeve to take the stress out of daily life.

What's more, the CX-5 appears to be really good value for money, especially when you factor in how much kit it gets as standard.

While all those things could be said about the original CX-5 (2012-2017), it didn't have much in the way of competition. This latest version, though, has a much tougher job to stand out. So, what's it like to drive compared with its rivals? What's it like inside? How practical is it? And is it really such great value as it first appears? We'll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages.

And, if you do want to buy one, you can get a decent saving through What Car? New Car Buying.

open the gallery4 Images
There are 3 engines available for the CX-5 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
A 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol with 163bhp might sound like a plucky devil, but you n...
View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxAuto, Manual
0-62 MPH10.3 secs
What Car? Target Price from
Average Saving £1,267
View Engine
The pick of the engine range. It pulls hard from 1100rpm all the way to the redline, so...
View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxAuto, Manual
0-62 MPH10.7 secs
What Car? Target Price from
Average Saving £1,352
View Engine
2.2d [184] AWD
We are yet to try out this variant...
View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxManual, Auto
0-62 MPH9.3 secs
What Car? Target Price from
Average Saving £1,616
View Engine

Also consider