Ad closing in a few seconds...
View all Mazda CX-5 reviews
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5


4 out of 5 4.0

The Mazda CX-5 is available to buy in three trim levels; SE-L, SE-L Lux and Sport.

Standard Mazda CX-5 equipment

Every version of the CX-5 comes with ESP, six airbags, Hill Hold Assist and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support that performs an emergency stop if the car detects the driver has not reacted to a hazard in front. This system works at town driving speeds to stop the car completely, but it will also help lessen the damage of a higher speed collision. A tyre pressure monitoring system is also standard on every CX-5 sold plus manual height adjusters for front seats.

Cruise control is also available in entry-level SE-L as is climate control, electric windows all round, remote central locking and a push button starter for the ignition. It also has a CD stereo with MP3 connection, integrated Bluetooth, USB connection, steering wheel controls for the stereo and an integrated 7-inch colour display screen in the centre console which was new for Spring 2015.

Mazda provides the SE-L with driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, two-way steering column adjustment, 40-20-40 split and fold rear seat, and one-touch folding for the rear seats. Daytime running lights are standard with leaving/coming home function, along with automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rear privacy glass, front fog lights, electrically adjusted door mirrors with power folding, front and rear parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Moving up to SE-L Lux adds a power tilt and slide sunroof, full leather upholstery, electronic memory seats, heated front seats and lumbar adjustment.

Top-of-the-range Sport model come with 19-inch alloy wheels,the adaptive lighting system, reversing camera, premium Bose stereo with nine speakers and keyless entry and start.

Mazda CX-5 accessories

For the CX-5, Mazda offers a range of accessories and options that include a rear bumper protection strip to stop scuffing when loading the boot and a front under tray in aluminium-effect finish. There is also the choice of 19-inch alloy wheels for the SE-L model, while mud flaps help keep road dirt off the body. Inside, buyers can go for carpet mats, a boot liner, dog guard, integrated satellite navigation, a cable for the auxiliary jack point and a cool box that sits between the front seats. A child seat is an option that attaches to the Isofix mounts, while less valuable cargo can be carried on the optional roof rack or in a roof box. There is also a cycle carrier and ski and snowboard carrier available for the CX-5. Customers can also order a tow bar and all of the necessary electrics.

New for 2015 is a Safety Pack, available as an option for SportNav models only which includes the latest advanced systems like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and collision prevention systems.

Advanced headlight technology which automatically changes the beam to reflect your surroundings is also available on higher models as standard or an option.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda CX-5 (12-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
SE-L optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

SE-L Lux equipment

SE-L Lux standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
SE-L Lux optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
Sport optional equipment
  • Sat Nav


4 out of 5 4.0

The Mazda CX-5 safety record is excellent, and the car has achieved a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP for its occupant crash safety. It also scored well for child safety and crash systems, helped by standard Smart City Brake Support. There are a whole host of active and passive safety features on the car, primary of which is the aforementioned super-strong steel bodyshell.

Other passive systems include standard front, side and passenger airbags, whiplash-reducing seats and bodywork optimised to prevent injury to pedestrians in the event of a collision. Active safety features include Smart City Brake Support, which helps you avoid colliding with cars at low speeds by preparing the brakes, Lane Departure Warning, blind spot monitoring and High Beam Control System.

This automatically swaps between high and low beam headlights in order to provide the best visibility while not blinding other motorists.

Interior & boot space

4.5 out of 5 4.5

Bootspace in the CX-5 is quoted at 503 litres to the ‘belt line’, or 463 litres to the tonneau cover, which shelters rear passengers from the cold when loading the boot. It comes up automatically when the boot lid is raised, and is also easily removed and stows away neatly in the boot when not required. The maximum possible load space in the CX-5 is 1,620 litres and that's achieved with all three back seats folded down.

This also provides a flat floor. The seats can be folded independently which means you have the option of simply folding down the middle one, or either side for the classic 60:40 configuration. Compared to other cars in the same class the CX-5 also has a fairly low load height, which further adds to the practicality. There are spaces to hold litre bottles of drink in both front and back, along with an eight litre glovebox and a console between the two front seats.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Mazda CX-5 (12-17) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Honda CR-V (12-18) 589 litres
Mazda CX-5 (12-17) 503 litres
Volkswagen Tiguan (08-16) 430 litres
Ford Kuga 406 litres

Next steps