Pricing, equipment and strong diesels make great SUV
- Distinctive styling inside and out
- Tonnes of standard equipment
- Increased refinement levels
- Agile handling for an SUV
- Very competitive list prices
- 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
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.