Quiet over-performer is still handling benchmark
At a glance
- New price: £23,495 - £32,695
- Realistic economy claims
- Improved refinement
- High CO2 figures
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.
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.