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Pricing, equipment and strong diesels make great SUV

PROS

  • Distinctive styling inside and out
  • Tonnes of standard equipment
  • Increased refinement levels
  • Agile handling for an SUV
  • Very competitive list prices

CONS

  • Official CO2 figures on the high side
  • Petrol engine has to be worked hard
  • Steering could be more precise
  • Quality lacking inside entry-level cars

Verdict

What’s new for the Mazda CX-5?

On the surface at least it would appear not much – the styling has a more mature look and the interior has been rearranged for better ergonomics.

The platform underpinning the car is 50% new, and the engines have been carried over from before – you can have a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.2-litre diesel with either 150hp or 175hp.

Most important, however, are the changes under its skin; Mazda has packed the new CX-5 with sound-proofing in order to make it quieter on the move and it’s had a profound effect. This model is now much more pleasant to ride in.

Good handling and improved equipment

Like all Mazdas the CX-5 is a surprisingly agile handler – much better than most rivals and on a par with some smaller hatchback models.

As well as a stiffer body, this CX-5 benefits from the rather wordy G-Vectoring Control, which helps tighten up the car’s handling even further.

The previous model had started to fall behind in the equipment stakes though, so this new CX-5 packs in loads of contemporary tech like a powered tailgate, new head-up display and heated steering wheel.

Even the entry-level models include tonnes of standard kit, so whichever version you choose you’re likely to get pretty much all the kit you could want – without having to head to the options list and pay more.

The Parkers Verdict

The Mazda CX-5 SUV faces a tough challenge in tearing buyers away from the likes of established off-roaders including the Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage and Volkswagen Tiguan. Mazda hopes that the combination of angular Kodo styling and Skyactiv fuel-saving tech – plus a raft of standard high-end kit – will be enough to get drivers’ attention.

The second-generation CX-5 takes over where the previous car left of by offering sharp handling for the class, but this car offers much greater refinement – making it feel much more upmarket.

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review to find out why it deserves your attention.

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