What used Mazda CX-5 estate will I get for my budget?
Used Mazda CX-5s start at £8000, for which you’ll be able to buy a car with about 120,000 miles on the clock. While the vast majority of CX-5s sold were diesels, it's possible to find examples with the 2.0-litre petrol engine, with little difference in price compared with an equivalent diesel.
Early cars that have covered less than 100,000 miles can be picked up for around £9000, which is also the price at which four-wheel-drive diesel automatics start from (albeit with six-figure mileages).
For a CX-5 with the 2014 suspension upgrades, you’re looking at £12,500 and upwards for a car that’s covered an average of 12,000 miles per year, while facelifted cars with the larger touchscreen and a similar annual mileage cost from £14,000.
How much does it cost to run a Mazda CX-5 estate?
One of the principles of Mazda’s Skyactiv engine technology is to minimise CO2 emissions. This, in turn, means a low annual tax bill; the 148bhp diesel comes in at only £30 per year. For the more powerful diesel or the petrol engine, you’ll pay £135, while four-wheel-drive models with the automatic gearbox are £150 per year.
Better still, the CX-5 isn’t one of those cars designed to excel in official fuel tests only to then struggle to get anywhere near those figures in real-world driving. Opt for a petrol CX-5 and you can expect a genuine 40mpg, which is the same figure you’ll get from a four-wheel-drive diesel. A front-wheel-drive diesel, meanwhile, will return 45-48mpg.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 12,500 miles and costs from £195, regardless of whether you own a petrol or diesel CX-5. There are no timing belts to worry about, while another advantage of the Skyactiv tech is that the diesel engine doesn’t require any kind of NOx treatment system to meet Euro 6 emissions standards. For used car buyers, that’s one less potentially expensive thing that could go wrong.