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Mazda CX-5 Review


  • Involving drive
  • Powerful engines
  • Excellent reliability
  • Stylish looks


Arval’s pick of the range:

Mazda CX-5 150hp 2.2 diesel SE-L Nav 2WD manual


Mazda CX-5 - Overview

The CX-5 is Mazda’s competitor in the increasingly populated mid-size SUV sector. The Mazda CX-5 goes head-to-head with the best-selling Nissan Qashqai but, thanks to it’s relative rarity, it’s a first-rate alternative for those who don’t want to follow the herd. The CX-5 has the advantage when looking for better grip and is available with all-wheel drive as well as two-wheel drive. And the recent facelift has made it even better looking.


What is the Mazda CX-5 like to drive?

The Mazda CX-5 is a car that rewards the keen driver. The steering, in particular, is one of the best in the sector because it well communicates what’s happening at the wheels. This makes the car easy to place accurately on the road. On twistier country roads, this results in a fun, confident driving experience and round town it means you can be sure of your position when nipping through gaps. The steering is paired well with the suspension, which does a first-rate job of controlling body roll without resulting in an overly stiff ride. The engines are powerful for the class and with the 175hp diesel the car is available with all-wheel drive, which makes them ideal for towing. That power from any of the engines also makes the CX-5 ideal for those covering higher miles as they make light work of long inclines and are impressively efficient.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 2.0 165hp, 149g/km CO2 (30% BIK), 44.1mpg


Diesel engines:

  • 2.2 150hp, 132-147g/km CO2 (30-33% BIK), 50.4-56.5mpg
  • 2.2 175hp, 142-152g/km CO2 (32-34% BIK), 48.7-52.3mpg



  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic


Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.


Mazda CX-5 trim levels explained

The Mazda CX-5 has one of the simplest trim level line-ups going. There are two; SE-L Nav and Sport Nav. Both are very well equipped.

SE-L Nav

  • 17” alloys
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Powered & heated door mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • 7” colour display
  • DAB radio
  • 2 USB sockets
  • 2 aux sockets
  • Bluetooth
  • Sat nav


Sport Nav (in addition to SE-L Nav)

  • 19” alloys
  • Keyless entry
  • Reversing camera
  • Upgraded Bose sound system
  • Leather seats
  • Powered front seat adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

How to spec the Mazda CX-5

While two trim levels and three engines may seem limited against alternative models’ ranges it actually makes picking a favourite really easy. The 150hp 2.2-litre diesel is the obvious (and correct) choice of engine as, in front-drive form with a manual gearbox it’s the most efficient and is also plenty quick enough. Of the two trim levels, we’d opt for the SE-L Nav. It may be the lower of the two but it’s not short on kit. Standard items include Bluetooth, sat nav, front and rear parking sensors and alloys.

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Mazda CX-5 Interior – what’s it like?

Redesigned dash, that comes with the most recent facelift, is welcome as it adds a 7” colour touchscreen and is standard across the range. The rest of the dashboard is cleanly and obviously designed so that you have that familiar feeling from the first moment you get in.

The seats are supportive and comfortable in the front and on the Sport Nav trim level are heated too.

The back seats give plenty of room for passengers, with enough headroom for taller adults. The boot has 506 litres of space, which is plenty for most family needs even if it isn’t quite class leading.


Mazda CX-5 Alternatives

Alternative models to consider include the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, Renault Kadjar, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, SEAT Ateca, VW Tiguan, Skoda Yeti, Peugeot 3008 and the Suzuki Vitara.



Mazda’s CX-5 deserves to sell in greater numbers. Keen pricing, competitive mpg and CO2 figures, plus high standard specification and a great drive, mean this car should be on the short list for anyone looking for a mid-size SUV.

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