Mazda CX-5 Road Test

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Mazda CX-5 Review

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The Mazda CX-5 has been tested by Euro NCAP and scored an overall five-star rating - adult occupant 94%, child occupant 87%, pedestrian 64% and safety assist 86%.  Which compares to the Honda CR-V which also scored five stars - adult occupant 93%, child occupant 74%, pedestrian 68% and safety assist 66% - the CX-5 is pretty much at the top of its class.

Our test car was equipped with the optional Safety Pack £700 comprising Forward Alert and City Brake, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear-View Monitoring and Lane Keep Assist.

The Lane Keep Assist system can be intrusive on country lanes where you tend to clip the centre line (where vision allows), in order to keep a straight line but it can be switched off. But we were fans of the Blind Spot Monitor, especially on busy motorways, it is a life saver but no excuse for not adjusting your mirrors and looking before pulling out.


The Sport Nav model comes with a plumbed in Tom Tom satellite navigation system with BOSE music system which has a rotary control mounted in front of the gear lever between the two front seats to interact with the navigation and audio system, it also has a 7“ touch sensitive screen. It supports full post code but the rendering is not so great – and in a £30,000 car I am not sure I want to see something I can plonk on my window for £50 from my local supermarket

There is single slot CD player, iPOD, bluetooth connectivity and aux in. You are also able to control the audio system and telephone controls from the steering wheel. The audio quality is good and all should be happy unless you are an audiophile.

The Competition
  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Honda CR-V
  • Kia Sportage
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Toyota RAV 4
What We Liked
  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Styling
  • Minimal Japanese Interior Styling
What We Disliked
  • Motorway road noise
  • Ride is on firm side of comfortable

We enjoyed the Mazda CX-5 it mimics the styling cues of the MX-5 with the versatility of a family orientated SUV and does it very well. It is good to drive with near class leading handling only really beaten by Audi and BMW which are more expensive vehicles. It is well equipped, easy to live with and therefore comes highly recommended.

11 April 2015 Melanie Carter
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Mazda CX-5 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMazda CX-5 2.2D 175ps AWD Sport Nav Diesel
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourSoul Red Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph8.8 Seconds
Top Speed 129 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)136 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban47.1 mpg
Extra Urban60.1 mpg
Combined54.3 mpg
Insurance Group
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 11/04/15)£28,695 OTR (£30,255 with options)

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