Exploration of sports-utility vehicle that earns plaudits as a capable family workhorse.
What is it?
The Mazda CX-5 is a medium-size, sports-utility, vehicle that lists practicality, efficient engines, clever equipment and all-wheel-drive among its skills. It measures 4,555mm which is slightly longer than the brand's small, family class, hatchback; the 3. It is, however, taller as it stretches to 1,710mm rather than 1,465mm.
Let us consider practicality. The CX-5 has 5 seats and cargo capacity is 503-litres – which is estate-like – rising to 1,620-litres with the rear seats folded flat. The rear seats can be lowered via levers within the boot which eliminates the need to stretch forwards to access the more traditional, seat-top, buttons.
Unlike many, the rear seats lay flush with the boot floor to make it easier to transport large, heavy, items. Also, the bench splits 40/20/40 rather than 60/40. This middle “20” section is the 5th seat, armrest, and lays flat individually to enable long items to pass into the passenger compartment whilst only sacrificing 1 seat.
Engines, performance fuel consumption and emissions
Mazda CX-5 engines include the 2.0-litre, 165PS, petrol that is teamed with 6-speed manual transmission and 2-wheel-drive. It complements a 2.0-litre, 150PS, diesel engine bolted to 6-speed manual, or 6-speed automatic, transmission plus 2, or 4, wheel-drive. The 2.2-litre 175PS diesel, in contrast, works alongside manual or automatic transmission and sends its power to each wheel.
Performance, fuel consumption and carbon emissions impress, but vary based on the type of transmission and drive. 0-62mph times range from 8.8 to 10.2 seconds, fuel consumption from 47.1mpg to 61.4mpg, and emissions from 119g/km to 144g/km. Vehicle Excuse Duty Year 1 rates – which are based on emissions - range from £0 - £145.
The CX-5 sends 100% of its engine power to the front wheels when the road surface provides plenty of grip. This saves fuel, of course. However, it automatically sends up to 50% to the rear should speed variation between said axles suggest it is struggling.
Trims and equipment
The Mazda CX-5 is nicely equipped. The SE-L Nav trim has: sat-nav, front/rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, hill-hold to prevent it rolling backwards on slopes plus the electric, automatic, parking brake. Smart city brake support brakes should the motorist fail to respond to a hazard such as a slowing vehicle.
The SE-L Lux Nav adds a: electric sunroof, black leather trim plus electric, heated, seats (with memory for driver). The top of the range Sport Nav further increases refinement. Extras include its: reversing camera, front fog lights, plus the key-less entry system.
New Mazda CX-5 prices range from £23,195 to £30,995.