ON TEST WITH
ANTHONY YATES.

Mazda CX-5 – 2.2 150ps SE-L Nav  SKYACTIV – D  2WD

Price from: £25,695


For this week’s road test, I am in the brilliant Mazda CX-5 and for reasons I can’t explain, I’m going to come right out and say it: I love it.

Yes I know I seem to be saying this a lot lately, but it’s true.

The facts are the Mazda CX-5 is a decent car with plenty to offer. Honestly, what Mazda has done here is produce a quality product for the right amount of money without skimping on quality or equipment – plus it has pretty much everything you will ever need.

Power and Efficiency: Under the bonnet, you will find a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, four-cylinder in-line, DOHC 16 valve engine that has 150ps at 4,500rpm and 380Nm of torque. Add in a 0 to 62mph time of just over nine seconds and a top speed of around 127mph.

You must also be thinking ‘I bet it’s thirsty with that big engine’ but you won’t need to visit the pumps any sooner than a normal hatchback. The CX-5 can easily achieve 55mpg on the combined cycle.

On the road: The CX-5 feels planted and handles brilliantly into the corners. The steering is also very accurate and gives you great feedback while the suspension also manages to soak up all the bumps and potholes with ease. There was also very little body roll which was yet another sign of the chassis doing an excellent job of keeping everything under control.

Design and Technology: Some of the standard features you will find come in the form of: 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights including daytime running lights, front fog lights, adaptive front lighting system, dusk-sensing lights, heated, auto power-folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, black cloth seat trim, driver and front passenger seat height adjustment, rear seat recline, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 40/20/40 fold-flat rear seats, electronic parking brake, rain-sensing front wipers, cruise control, front and rear electric windows, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, engine start/stop button, 7-inch colour touch-screen display and multimedia commander and a radio with six speakers.

There is also an integrated navigation system with  three years’ free European map updates, advanced Smart City Brake Support, driver and passenger front, side and curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System, Hill Hold assist and ISOFIX child seat anchorages.

To sum up: The CX-5 really is a brilliant car which also happens to be one of the best looking too. Mazda really has done a fantastic job here and the CX-5 is now well above any of its rivals and the only compact SUV you need to be thinking about looking at.

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