There's a bit of road noise if you go for range-topping 19in alloys, but it's still less than you'll hear in the Kuga. True, a Kodiaq is an all-round quieter motorway cruiser, but only marginally; the CX-5 isn't at all fractious.
Meanwhile, the diesel engines are smooth when worked hard, even if they do sound a bit gruff at very low revs. The fact that you need to work the petrol engine harder means it's a rowdier companion.
The standard six-speed manual gearbox has a relatively precise action, while the optional automatic 'box changes gears smoothly on the move and isn't at all jerky when parking.
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