Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7
  • Interior will seat four comfortably, five a bit of a squeeze
  • Plenty of storage spaces with neatly hidden USB ports
  • Larger boot than previous model with 506-1,620 litres on offer

Up front, there’s plenty of room to get comfortable in, although the high centre console makes the cabin a little more snug than some rivals, such as Ford’s Kuga, but it doesn’t make the CX-5 feel cramped or claustrophobic. Opting for the stone-coloured leather will make it feel that bit airier. 

It’s tighter in the back, where two average-sized adults will find plenty of room, but a third is going to have complaints on a longer journey. Not only is the centre-rear seat narrower, there’s less space for feet and legs due to the centre console’s shape and the raised floor in the middle. Having said that, it’s roomy by class standards.

Elsewhere, the CX-5 can accommodate smartphone and tablet charging  – the storage spaces in front of the gearlever and the cubby under the driver’s elbow are both larger than in its predecessor, while the latter features a tray to hold your phone above any tins of travel sweets or loose change.

Boot space and storage

The boot is sensibly shaped with 506 litres available up to the cover, which rises when the tailgate is lifted. Usefully, there isn’t much of a lip to lift heavy items over, although it’s not quite flush with the floor. Fold the seats down and pack the car up to the rafters and there is 1,620 litres of space.

Under the floor has an official storage capacity of 30 litres, while cargo net hooks have been added to help tie things down.

Is it easy to park?

Its measurements put it neatly into the midsize SUV category. There is just a few mm between this and the Volkswagen Tiguan for instance. Rear-view cameras are standard on Sport models and above while parking sensors are present on every model.  A 360-degree bird’s eye view camera is available on the GT Sport model too.

With the cameras in place it’s easy to park. Rear visibility isn’t great because of its sloping roofline.

View dimensions in the Mazda CX-5 specs pages

Safety

  • Front-facing camera boosts safety credentials
  • Improved adaptive cruise control plus emergency braking
  • Six airbags and new LED headlights complete the mix

Euro NCAP crash-tested the CX-5 in 2017 awarding it a full five-star rating, with an impressive 95% score for adult occupant protection.

Adaptive cruise control can now work down to a stop while adaptive LED headlights are brighter than the norm and automatically dip to avoid dazzling other drivers. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and traffic sign recognition can also be specified for the first time in a CX-5.

There’s also a lane-keeping assistant/departure warning plus blindspot monitor and rear traffic alert. Other more conventional safety systems include anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, traction control and hill start assist – plus six airbags.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda CX-5 SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • 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
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

100th Anniversary Edition equipment

100th Anniversary Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
100th Anniversary Edition optional equipment
  • Cruise control

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
GT Sport optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control

GT Sport Nav+ equipment

GT Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
GT Sport Nav+ optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Kuro Edition equipment

Kuro Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
Kuro Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim

Newground equipment

Newground standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
Newground optional equipment
None available

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
SE-L optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD

SE-L Nav equipment

SE-L Nav standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
SE-L Nav optional equipment
None available

SE-L Nav+ equipment

SE-L Nav+ standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
SE-L Nav+ optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
Sport optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof

Sport Black equipment

Sport Black standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
Sport Black optional equipment
None available

Sport Black Edition equipment

Sport Black Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
Sport Black Edition optional equipment
None available

Sport Edition equipment

Sport Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
Sport Edition optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

Sport Nav equipment

Sport Nav standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
Sport Nav optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

Sport Nav+ equipment

Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
Sport Nav+ optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mazda CX-5 SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 80%
Vulnerable Road Users: 78%
Safety Assist: 59%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.