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Mazda CX-5 review – an involving and competent SUV

evo staff
12 Apr 2018
Verdict:

As well as being one of the best-looking SUVs thanks to a sharp line and concept-car nose, it’s also one of the best to drive

Evo Rating: 
Price: 
from £24,895
For 
Composed handling, keen engines, first-rate fit and finish
Against 
Not as roomy as some, limited engine line-up
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Performance and 0-60 time

There’s a choice of 2-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel engines in the CX-5 (both have four cylinders and are turbocharged). The petrol produces 163bhp and 155lb ft of torque, while the diesel engine (by far the most popular in the UK) is available with two outputs: 148bhp and 280lb ft, and 173bhp and 310lb ft.

Outright performance isn’t anything to write home about, with 0-62mph times ranging from 10.5sec for the two-wheel-drive manual petrol, to 8.8sec for the 173bhp diesel all-wheel-drive automatic model. The slowest accelerating car also has the lowest top speed of 122mph, but, oddly, it’s the 148bhp two-wheel-drive diesel that has the highest top speed at 127mph.

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