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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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Interior and tech

The CX-5 is not groundbreaking inside. The design is conventional, the materials are the usual set of leathers and plastics, and the dominant colour is black. However, what it lacks in exuberance it more than makes up for with a sensible, ergonomic design, and a solid, quality finish.

The icons on the buttons are clear and easy to read, as are the dials. None of the functions seem misplaced, hard to reach or annoyingly different just for the sake of it. The infotainment is simple and easy to use, too: switching between the radio and satnav – a task you might frequently undertake – requires the press of just one button. 

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