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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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MPG and running costs

Despite being a high-riding SUV, with all the aerodynamic sensitivity of a house, as well as big, expensive tyres, buyers of the CX-5 will still demand that it’s economical to run. It having overcome its 4x4 traits to be involving to drive is simply not enough. 

Mazda’s efforts to keep the CX-5’s kerb weight as low as possible (1345kg for the lightest two-wheel-drive petrol, and 1545kg for the heaviest, the four-wheel-drive diesel automatic) have benefited its efficiency. The official combined MPG figures range from a respectable 47.1mpg for the petrol and an impressive 56.5mpg from the two-wheel-drive 148bhp diesel.

The 225/55 R19 tyres that come with the Sport Nav level trim’s 19-inch wheels cost from around £120 for some decent rubber, to over £160 for ones from premium brands.

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