Used Mazda CX-5 2012-2017 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Ownership cost

2012 - 2017 review
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Ownership cost

What used Mazda CX-5 estate will I get for my budget?

Used Mazda CX-5s start at £5500, for which you’ll be able to buy an early car with lots of miles on the clock. While the 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 £7000, while a four-wheel-drive diesel automatic starts from around £8000 (albeit with a six-figure mileage).

For a CX-5 with the 2014 suspension upgrades, you’re looking at £10,000 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 £11,500.

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How much does it cost to run a Mazda CX-5 estate?

MPG

Opt for a petrol CX-5 and you should see fuel economy close to the 47.1mpg combined figure, which isn't far from the four-wheel-drive diesel automatic at 51.4mpg. A front-wheel-drive diesel, meanwhile, has the best overall figure at 61.4mpg.

CO2 emissions

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 119g/km. The more powerful petrol engine emits 139g/km, while the four-wheel-drive diesel model with the automatic gearbox produces the most CO2 at 144g/km.

Road tax

Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending on the CO2 emissions the engine produces (see above for more information), while examples registered after this date will have the same flat-rate fee for cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.

Servicing

Servicing is required every 12 months or 12,500 miles and Mazda offers fixed-price maintenance; this will give you a price menu of how much common maintenance operations such as changing the brake discs or pads are, and you can then use this to compare prices with independent garages in your area. Mazda also offers extended servicing plans to cater for different ownership and usage requirements, and the CX-5 should be about average for the class in terms of servicing costs.

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.

Insurance groups

The 2.0-litre petrol should be the cheapest to insure since it is in group 15, while the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel is in 18. The most expensive will be the more powerful diesel option in Sport Nav four-wheel drive form because that is in group 21.

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