Used Mazda CX-5 2012-2017 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Alternatives

2012 - 2017 review
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda CX-5 estate?

The Nissan Qashqai may not be as spacious as the Mazda CX-5, but nor is it as expensive. Throw in the fact that it's good to drive, very quiet and doesn’t cost much to run and it's arguably the CX-5’s closest rival, with the related Renault Kadjar not far behind.

Other options worth considering include the Ford Kuga for something that is more fun to drive, the Honda CR-V if space and a versatile interior are your priorities and the Kia Sportage if you value a long warranty over driving enjoyment.

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Overview

The Mazda CX-5 will appeal to newcomers to SUVs who want something spacious, but still want it to handle like something smaller and more nimble. As a used buy, it offers good value, but its recent drop in our reliability survey means it's no longer our top large SUV.

  • Spacious interior
  • Sharp handling
  • Good economy from petrol engine
  • Lots of road noise
  • Ride firm on Sport models
  • Drab interior