New Citroen C5 Aircross & Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 has long been one of the best large, five-seat SUVs, but now its position at the top of the class is being threatened by two all-new models...

Citroen C5 Aircross side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

The CR-V will cost you the most to buy outright; even after discounts, the CX-5 will be cheaper by some £1600 and the C5 by nearly £3000. 

On a three-year PCP finance deal (with a £3000 deposit), the CR-V will set you back £29 per month more than the CX-5 and £43 more than the C5. Meanwhile, the C5 and CX-5 will cost company car drivers in the 40% tax band £95 and £29 less respectively than the CR-V in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. 

Honda CR-V side

Do you pay for your own fuel? Well, guess what? The CR-V is also the thirstiest, recording a real-world figure of 33.0mpg during our test – although its four-wheel drive will have played a part in that. The C5 is the most economical, averaging 37.1mpg, ahead of the CX-5’s 36.3mpg. 

The CX-5 is also predicted to retain the most value over three years, followed by the C5. That leaves leasing rates as the CR-V’s only comparative strength. 

Mazda CX-5 side

The CX-5 is the easily the best-equipped car in this test, not just with the basics that the other two get – dual-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors and so on – but also luxuries such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, full leather upholstery and keyless entry. 

All three come with lots of safety systems, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition, although the CR-V doesn’t have blindspot monitors. The C5 also comes with a dashcam that’ll record the moments before and after an accident. At the time of writing, only the CX-5 had been tested by Euro NCAP, coming away with a five-star rating that includes a notably high score (95%) for adult occupant protection.

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