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Mazda CX-5

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Summary


The Mazda CX-5 is a medium-sized SUV/crossover, with the current second-generation model launched in 2017. Globally, it is Mazda’s best-selling model.

The CX-5 has received plenty of positive reviews from across the UK automotive media, with an overall Expert Rating of 75% (as of August 2019) that currently places it at the top end of the mid-sized SUV/crossover field.

The Mazda CX-5 has received particular praise for its clever engineering, strong engines and comfortable cabin. A few titles have criticised the driving experience for being not quite as good as some rivals, but other sources have praised the way it drives so this is not a unanimous opinion.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the Mazda CX-5 ranked equal 37th. Diesel versions didn’t make the top 50.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium-sized SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £27,545 on-road

Launched: Summer 2017
Last updated: Winter 2018/19
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2017

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

80%

CHILD OCCUPANT

78%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

59%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Model tested: 2.0-litre petrol manual 165hp
Date tested: November 2020

3.8 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

4.1 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mazda CX-5 has received

2020

  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Large SUV Under £28K

2019

  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Large SUV Under £28K

2018

  • Auto Express Driver Power Awards  – Interior and Comfort category winner
  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Large SUV, £27K – £35K

2017

  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Large SUV Under £25K

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