Mazda CX-5 SUV
Our journalist test-drives the family car that boasts fine handling, plenty of high-tech appointments and elegant design inside and out.
I tested the top-of-the-range GT Sport trim. It comes with 19-inch alloys, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB radio, sat nav and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. It also features a seven-inch digital instrument display, a head-up display, sunroof and a 360-degree camera.
You get brown Nappa leather with heated and ventilated front seats, too.
The two petrol engines are a 2.0-litre producing 165PS and a 2.5-litre supplying 194PS. But it’s the diesel that was driven for this article: a 2.2-litre with 184PS and all-wheel drive, available with a six-speed manual or automatic.
Fuel consumption averages 42.2mpg, releasing 173g/km of CO2 in the process.
The suspension is quite firm, so although it’s not uncomfortable, some rivals offer a more absorbing ride, especially given the 19-inch wheels. The stiffness aids the handling, though, meaning it’s nimble for a vehicle of its size.
The body roll in the bends is well controlled, and the steering is nicely weighted, giving you confidence-inspiring feedback.
The driving position is high up, and the seats are comfortable, helped by adjustable lumbar support. Meanwhile, the interior is pleasant and feels robust.
The infotainment system is clear and quick to respond, controlled via a rotary dial on the centre console, which is convenient.
There is a load of space in the front and rear, while the CX-5 offers lots of storage in the cabin.
The CX-5 is very worthy of a place on your shortlist.
Words: Tim Barnes-Clay,
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