Mazda CX-5 Car Reviews

The Mazda CX-5 is a medium-sized 4x4 designed to compete with the Nissan Qashqai and the Audi Q3. It look great but the ace up the CX-5's sleeve is Mazda's new Skyactiv technology which makes it the most fuel efficient car in its class. It's also good to drive and offers a very convincing all-round package.

Price Range: £-1 - £-1
Insurance Groups: N/A - N/A
MPG Range: N/A - N/A
Score: 4.5/5
Astonishing fuel efficiency
Strong engines
Good looks
Firm ride
Cheap interior plastics
Poor refinement

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Mazda CX-5 2.2 Sport 5dr - April 2012
The CX-5 is a crossover that has been recently released on to the market and comes with the Skyactiv fuel technology that helps it to deliver good performance and fuel efficiency at the same time. ...

Mazda CX-5 Overview

You get a choice of three engines: two 2.2-litre diesels producing 148bhp and 173bhp and a 2.0-litre petrol which develops 163bhp. The 148bhp diesel is the one to go for, offering impressive refinement and decent performance throughout the rev range and returning an impressive 61.4mpg on the combined cycle. This is made possible thanks to Mazda's Skyactiv technology which consists of efficient engines, lightweight build and stop-start technology.

Handling-wise the CX-5 is equally impressive with a good amount of grip and very little lean through the corners. The ride, however, is a little bit choppy, especially if you spec the larger 19-inch alloys, and there is a lot of wind and road noise in the cabin, even at relatively low speeds.

There's plenty of space inside the CX-5, with a good amount of head- and legroom in both the front and rear seats. The boot is also cavernous, offering an impressive 463-litres of space with the rear seats up and a van-like 1620-litres with the rear seats folded down.

The quality of the interior plastics is poor in places but the whole cabin feels very well screwed together and reliability shouldn't be an issue.

Background

The CX-5 is Mazda's first attempt at conquering the compact 4x4 market and, given the quality of Mazda's larger off-roader, the CX-7, we'd say that it stands a good chance of making an impression in this crowded marketplace. The CX-5 was first revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and went on sale in 2012.

Summary

The CX-5 is a fine choice for those looking for a medium-sized 4x4 and comes with a good level of standard equipment and a strong range of engines. It'll also save you money at the pumps thanks to its Skyactiv technology and that alone is reason enough to consider one.

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