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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.
 

Exterior and interior

The exterior look of the Mazda CX-5 apparently hints at the future direction of the ‘Kodo – Soul of Motion’ design language. The changes have effectively decluttered the car, removing extraneous lines and creases, and the effect is pleasing on the eye. “It’s what we leave off rather than what we put on,” Thomson says.

Compared to the Mk1 CX-5, the new car is 10mm longer and 35mm lower, on the same 2,700mm wheelbase, but the big change is in the windscreen pillars. These are 35mm further back, which gives the car a sleeker look while surprisingly not affecting the interior space.

Inside the emphasis is on improving quality. The basic design, the way everything flows out from around the steering wheel, has always been good. Now it boasts better materials, including lots of soft-touch plastic, wood and leather.

Most pertinently, Mazda has tried hard to address a prime criticism of the previous CX-5, its noise. Some 50kg of sound-deadening material has been added, as well as such simple measures as moving the windscreen wipers down slightly to tuck out of the airflow under the rear lip of the bonnet.

There is plenty of space in front and rear, and more boot space too. The main boot accommodates 506 litres, expanding to 1,620 with rear seats dropped, and underfloor space in the boot has increased from 10 to 30 litres. Among other neat touches, the glovebox is now big enough to hide a 10-inch tablet in.

Overall, it’s a satisfying environment to be in. The controls are sensibly placed, Mazda sat navs remain one of the easiest to use and read, and it all looks and feels suitably h.

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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.
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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