2017 Mazda CX-5 verdict and specs

The Mazda CX-5 has long been one of our favourite family SUVs, but it has recently been surpassed by newer rivals. Does this all-new version move it back to the top of the class?

Words ByNeil Winn

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Should I buy one?

Initial impressions reveal an SUV that's very good to drive, while the 148bhp diesel engine's performance and refinement are more than a match for rivals. Granted, it might not be as fun as the Ateca nor quite as posh inside as the 5008, but as an all-round package the new CX-5 makes a very compelling case for itself.

Unfortunately, we know nothing of prices at this time, save for an entry-level point of roughly £24,000. A model equipped with this higher-powered diesel engine, four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox is very likely to cost north of £27,000, so higher-grade versions of the CX-5 are right in the firing line of the Kodiaq, our reigning Large SUV of the Year.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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Skoda Kodiaq

Peugeot 5008

Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D 2.2 4WD 2017

Engine size 2.2-litre turbo diesel

Price £24,000 (est)

Power 173bhp

Torque 310lb ft

0-62mph 9.0sec

Top speed 129mph

Gov't economy (official combined) 52.3mpg

CO2/BIK band 142g/km, 30%

Insurance group TBC

Airbags TBC

Doors 5

Seats 5

On sale June 2017

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