About the Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 is the brand’s attempt at making a successful mid-sized SUV, and we think they’ve done a pretty good job of it.
It’s going up against cars such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Peugeot 3008, Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca. All of these are tough rivals, but the CX-5 edges it with its high levels of comfort, practicality, interior space and excellent build quality.
The CX-5 is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines that offer great reliability and smoothness.
There's also a huge variety when it comes to trim levels, ranging from the entry-level SE-L model to the range-topping Sport Black trim.
Is the Mazda CX-5 reliable?
Being a Mazda, we’d expect the CX-5 to be very reliable – and it is. The CX-5 ranks highly among recognised consumer surveys and therefore we don’t think you’ll have any issues with it.
As for safety, the Mazda CX-5 sits very highly following its full five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, rear-seat Isofix child seat mounting points, Advanced Smart City Brake Support to avoid collisions, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
It's also worth remembering that when you buy a used car from us you get a free 90-day warranty that can be upgraded to cinchCare to provide the best possible protection for your vehicle.
What are the Mazda CX-5 features?
Inside, the Mazda CX-5 has a very upmarket feel, with a driver-focused cabin and well-placed controls. In fact, you’d be mistaken for thinking you’re sat in a car worth twice the price.
Standard kit available is very impressive too, starting with the SE-L model that features a DAB radio, 10.25-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and dual-zone climate control.
Higher spec models include electric leather seats, a head-up display, partial digital gauge cluster, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system.
The boot measures in at 506 litres, which is very impressive for a mid-sized SUV, and when the rear seats are folded flat, this is increased to 1,620 litres of usage storage space.
There's also plenty of space for passengers in the back thanks to the CX-5's high roofline and overall larger size compared to the smaller CX-3 models.
What's the Mazda CX-5 like to drive?
The Mazda CX-5 is available with either a petrol or diesel engine. The range starts with the 2.0-litre petrol engine that's perfect for driving around town and the occasional longer drive. Mazda claims this engine will return up to 39.8mpg, which is about standard for a petrol engine in a car of this size.
There's also a choice of two diesel engines on offer in the form of a 2.2-litre unit that produces either 150hp or 184hp. The latter returns greater fuel economy and would be the one to go for if you do more long-distance driving.
The 184hp model also comes as standard with four-wheel drive and would be the best choice for those wanting to tow trailers. Speaking of which, the CX-5 has a towing capacity of between 1,900kg and 2,000kg depending on the engine.
All engine options are available with a manual gearbox, with diesel models offering an automatic transmission option.