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Mazda CX-5 review

Second generation of Mazdas hugely-successful mid-size crossover

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Design
9.0
Performance
8.0
Handling
9.0
Economy
8.0
Value
9.0

Summary

Improved in all areas, the new Mazda CX-5 is a definite contender for crossover buyers, particularly in diesel form.

Summary

Improved in all areas, the new Mazda CX-5 is a definite contender for crossover buyers, particularly in diesel form.
 

What is it?
The Mazda CX-5 is the second-generation version of the brand’s best-selling crossover.

Key features:
Interior upgrades, revised styling, higher quality throughout.

Our view:
Improved in all areas, the new Mazda CX-5 is a definite contender for crossover buyers, particularly in diesel form.


Ask any car enthusiast to name a Mazda and they will very likely reply MX-5 – the roadster dominates the Japanese brand’s public image. But Mazda sells a great many more examples each year of a much less obvious model – the CX-5 crossover.

Launched in 2012, the CX-5 has become Mazda’s best-selling car. In Europe, the three CX crossover models account for half of all Mazdas sold, while in the UK it’s a third – because we buy so many MX-5s.

So there is no doubting the importance of the crossover as the second-generation model arrives on UK roads in July. It is all-new, but it is also an evolution of the current car.

When the previous CX-5 arrived in 2012, it was described as a bridge between Mazda’s fifth and sixth generation UK model range. The car debuted the first elements of the brand’s ‘Kodo – Soul of Motion’ design language, and also the first of the efficiency-seeking SkyActiv Technology programme in the chassis.

Today every Mazda is 100% SkyActiv, including engines, and 100% Kodo. And we are told the new CX-5 is again a bridge – it previews what is to come in the seventh generation of Mazda cars, dubbed by UK boss Jeremy Thomson “as big a step forward,” as was Gen Six.

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Mazda CX-5 review 2017 | The Executivecondominium

 
 
Design
9.0
Performance
8.0
Handling
9.0
Economy
8.0
Value
9.0

Summary

Improved in all areas, the new Mazda CX-5 is a definite contender for crossover buyers, particularly in diesel form.
Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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