Similar in size to the Land Rover Freelander and Volkswagen Tiguan the Mazda CX-5 is Mazda's entry into the highly competitive crossover or compact SUV market. The CX-5 is great to drive and is available in either two or four wheel drive. Petrol and diesel engines are offered with both manual and automatic gearboxes.
- Attractive and distinctive styling
- Powerful and economical engines
- Good ride and handling
- Interior storage space isn’t great
- More at home on the road than off it
- Four-wheel-drive versions are less fun to drive
The Mazda CX-5 is aimed squarely at big-selling family models such as the Skoda Yeti, Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage and offers family-friendly practicality and running costs with a driving experience inspired by the nippy Mazda MX-5 sports car. The range covers everything from an ultra-efficient front-wheel-drive version to a powerful and grippy 4x4 model, so buyers can choose the CX-5 that best fits their priorities.