Mazda CX-5 review

The Mazda CX-5 is widely recognised as one of the most popular mid-size SUVs on the market. Over one million Mazda CX-5s have been sold since the car’s release, but what makes this car so popular?


This athletic and muscular design is influenced by Mazda’s KODO: Soul of motion design features. These enhance the Mazda CX-5’s already high quality look, making it seem bolder, stronger and more powerful. Designed with a cheetah in mind, the powerful forward leaning stance, combined with the sporty dynamic body, makes sure that this car is built for speed.

Available in a variety of colours and three trim levels, the Mazda CX-5 will leave you spoiled for choice, but with the guarantee of a striking and stylish new car.


The interior of the Mazda CX-5 is an astonishing combination of comfort and practicality. The spacious cabin is filled with high quality materials and gadgets that all fit together to make operating this car as easy as it can be.

The 7-inch touch screen on the centre console lets you control the DAB radio, USB devices and works with the MZD Connect system to bring internet connectivity to your car, through your smartphone, and give you access to internet radio, Facebook and Twitter. Everything you need is at a touch of a button.

The first of the two latest additions to the Mazda CX-5’s design is the electronic parking brake. This gives the driver one touch control at the start or at the end of your journey. To turn the handbrake on or off, simply press a switch mounted between the front seats, or drive away for automatic release. It’s both safe and convenient, as the system will only release when the engine is running and the driver’s seatbelt is fastened.

The second addition is Mazda’s Multimedia Commander infotainment controller. This system is designed to be easier to use than your standard car controls, so you can just enjoy the drive.

A real selling point of this car is the Karakuri seating mechanism. It’s easy to operate, and has a 40:20:40 split seat system. Simply press the one touch remote lever in the luggage area or the seat top buttons, and your seats will fold down and give you much more space in the boot for all of those bulky items.

On the Road

The Mazda CX-5 is a great drive. The fuel saving SKYACTIV technology, combined with the i-ACTIVESENSE driver support systems means that you’ll be safe to drive in most conditions and you’ll be conserving fuel while you do so.

SKYACTIV technology is a combination of Mazda’s dream to create dynamic driving and handling conditions whilst still achieving outstanding fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions. They have re-engineered the combustion engine, the chassis and the transmission to create a smooth drive with an ultra-strong exterior that’s built to last.

The i-ACTIVESENSE technology was designed to aid the driver in recognising hazards, avoiding collisions and reducing the severity of accidents that just can’t be avoided. Here are some of its features:

o Mazda Radar Cruise control
o Forward obstruction warning
o Lane departure warning
o Rear vehicle detection
o High-beam control
o Adaptive front lighting
o Smart brake support
o Smart city brake support
o Distance recognition support system

These all make life much easier and safer for the driver, so it’s no surprise that this car has been up for so many safety awards. When all of this is added to the advanced four-wheel drive system with the variable torque feature, the Mazda CX-5 is almost unstoppable!

Our Verdict

The Mazda CX-5 is the class leader in the fast-growing crossover segment, and with each update it goes from strength to strength. It is no surprise to us that it has won well over 60 awards around the world, including best in class for everyday driving ability, low running costs and future resale value, as well as practical and desirable features.

This car is perfect for people who are constantly on (or off) the road. The Mazda CX-5’s size and boot-space lends itself to those with large families who don’t want the full-size SUV. This strong and practical car is priced between £22,295 and £30,595, and would be a great investment in the future thanks to its low depreciation rates.

This car will survive a torrent of adverse conditions and will always get you to your final destination. The upgrade prioritised design, ease of use and comfort, but didn’t skimp on elements like fuel efficiency either. Go to your local dealer today to find out more about the Mazda CX-5 or any of our other new cars.