There’s plenty of grip in both four and two-wheel-drive guise
There’s plenty of grip in both four and two-wheel-drive guise

Mazda CX-5, car review: Excellent value and great behind the wheel – this crossover has the lot

The fact that it’s efficient, and hence economical to run, only enhances the appeal of this smart-looking family car

Sarah Bradley
Tuesday 05 January 2016 14:34
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The crossover market puts almost as much emphasis on style as its does on practicality, and the new Mazda CX-5 excels in both departments. The fact that it’s efficient right across its engine range, and hence economical to run, only enhances the appeal of this smart-looking family car.

We tried the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel, which in our opinion is the best model in the line-up. It’s cheaper and more economical than its higher-powered, 173bhp stablemate of the same capacity, yet the engine remains a highly capable unit when teamed with the standard-fit six-speed manual transmission. It’s pleasingly refined as well. Why spend any extra?

There’s plenty of grip in both four and two-wheel-drive guise, while the body is well controlled, the handling impressive and the steering precise. With such a rewarding drive, it’s easy to ignore the wind noise and road rumble that leak into the cabin.

The handling is impressive and the steering precise

Talking of the interior, the Mazda’s occupants are well catered for thanks to excellent packaging. There’s plenty of leg and headroom for passengers front and rear, while the driver faces a stylish, well built dash and is kept comfortable with a multi-adjustable seat and wheel. The boot is generous with seats both up and down; the latter set-up gives a virtually flat load floor.

Occupants are well catered for thanks to excellent packaging

Standard kit in even the entry-level model includes Bluetooth, a seven-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, dual-zone climate and cruise controls, all-round parking sensors, 17-inch alloy rims plus auto wipers and lights. A five-star crash-test rating reflects the CX-5’s high level of safety equipment, and as a manufacturer Mazda is highly regarded for its reliability.

The Mazda delivers a rewarding drive

With showroom list prices ranging from £22,995 to £29,395, the CX-5 represents great value for money. The icing on the cake is that, if you play your cards right, you may even get the dealer to knock one or two thousand off as well...

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