Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mazda CX-5 estate?
Most CX-5s will have been used in car parks and around urban rat runs, so check the condition of the bodywork and alloy wheels carefully for dents and scuffs. Check the operation of the powered tailgate (where fitted) and the folding mechanisms of the rear seats, too.
What are the most common problems with a used Mazda CX-5 estate?
Sat-nav not accepting full postcodes
So far, we've yet to hear of any major problems with this CX-5. There has been some mention of the sat-nav system not being able to accept a full postcode, though, which could require a software update at a Mazda dealership.
The heater in cold weather
Not to say that it doesn't work, but the heater takes quite a long time to warm up the interior of diesel-engined CX-5s. This means defrosting or demisting the windscreen can be time-consuming and makes heated seats a must for frosty mornings.
Is a used Mazda CX-5 estate reliable?
In our most recent reliability survey, the petrol CX-5 scored higher than the diesel-engined versions. The petrol cars finished third in the large SUV class, with an excellent overall score of 97.8%. Mazda as a brand scooped 17th place out of 31 manufacturers.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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