Mazda CX-5 SUV: Winter Car of the Week

The economical and practical Mazda CX-5 is a worthy Winter Car of the Week

When the Mazda CX-5 was launched in 2012, it took many people by surprise with just how good it was. The Skoda Yeti-rivalling SUV was good to drive on road, decent off road and had the option of two excellent diesel engines. The same stands true today, and that's why we've awarded it Winter Car of the Week.

On road, the CX-5 is still one of the best SUVs to drive, which means it could be ideal for someone who wants the reassurance of four-wheel drive grip, without compromising on everyday driving fun.

Pick of the engines is the 150bhp, 2.2-litre diesel that can return an impressive 54.3mpg (even with four-wheel drive), costs just £125 annually to tax, yet can still get the big Mazda from 0-60mph in 9.4 seconds.

The CX-5 is also a practical choice with a 503-litre boot that expands to 1,620 litres with the back seats folded down. There are also plenty of cubbyholes dotted around the cabin and a big glove compartment. One point of note is that the CX-5’s rear bench is really only suitable for two people due to a cramped centre seat. If you're looking for impressive rear seat space, then you're best to try out a large MPV such as the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

The Mazda also offers a lot of equipment, with even the basic model getting dual-zone climate control, cruise control, and automatic lights and windscreen wipers.

On top of all this, the Mazda should be extremely reliable after the company took fourth place at our Driver Power 2013 satisfaction survey, where the CX-5 came fifth out of 150 cars. The SUV should also be extremely safe thanks to a five-star Euro NCAP award.

For more information, take a look at the full Mazda range on the Carbuyer Mazda reviews page.

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