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Quiet over-performer is still handling benchmark

PROS

  • Handling
  • Realistic economy claims
  • Styling
  • Improved refinement

CONS

  • High CO2 figures

Verdict

The CX-5 was the first car to feature Mazda’s angular 'Kodo' styling and Skyactiv fuel-saving technology - two pillars that have come to define the manufacturer’s line-up of cars.

It debuted in 2012 and since then the Japanese manufacturer has sold 1.5 million models – now SUVs make up 40% of Mazda sales with the CX-5 leading the way.

So it’s fair to say this new car has big shoes to fill, presuming it wants to compete with the Nissan Qashqai, SEAT Ateca and Ford Kuga.

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 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.

Benchmark handling and improved equipment

Like all Mazdas the CX-5 is a surprisingly agile handler – much better than its rivals and on a par with its 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.

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

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