Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • 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 comfy in, although the high centre console makes the cabin feel 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.

Elsewhere, the Mk2 CX-5 has several revisions to 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.

There are two 12-volt sockets in the front plus a USB socket and a pair of cupholders, and the glovebox is now big enough to fit a 10-inch tablet device inside. In the back you get two reasonably sized door pockets plus an armrest in the fifth seatback that neatly conceals two USB sockets and heated seat controls (depending on specification). Magazine-sized pockets are also stitched to the front seat backs.

How big is the CX-5's boot?

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.

A new boot floor and reorganised tool layout means the under-floor storage has increased from 10 to 30 litres, while cargo net hooks have been added to help tie things down.

Is the CX-5 safe?

  • 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 second-generation CX-5 in 2017 awarding it a full five-star rating, with an impressive 95% score for adult occupant protection. The big news here is the addition of a front-facing camera (plus the existing radar), to bolster the safety features offered by the Mazda CX-5.

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 blind spot 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.

Watch: Mazda CX-5 Euro NCAP crash test video

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
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake 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
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
GT Sport optional equipment
  • Cruise control

GT Sport Nav+ equipment

GT Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
GT Sport Nav+ optional equipment
  • Cruise control

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator
SE-L optional equipment
None available

SE-L Nav equipment

SE-L Nav standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE-L Nav optional equipment
None available

SE-L Nav+ equipment

SE-L Nav+ standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • 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
  • Service indicator
Sport optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

Sport Nav equipment

Sport Nav standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
Sport Nav optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

Sport Nav+ equipment

Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • 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.