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The Top Gear car review:Mazda CX-5

Overall verdict
The CX-5 is a cracking SUV that really will exceed your expectations. Well worth a look.


Intelligent design, overall abilities, very fuel efficient, good value


Design ought to be more lively outside and in


What is it?

Family car buyers, despite the appearance of Mazda’s smart CX-5, read on: it is a car that should be on your shortlist. It’s no Evoque, despite the new ‘Kodo’ design language, but it’s inoffensive enough and actually underplays the Mazda compact SUV. Beneath the surface, there’s a lot more interesting stuff going on.

Nothing here has been carried over from other Mazdas: the chassis is new, the engines are new, even the way it’s built is new. Is it enough to make Mazda a real player in this sector? Well, actually, yes. It is.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.2d [175] Sport Nav 5dr AWD
8.8s 136g/km 54.3 175 £29,810
The cheapest
2.0 SE-L Nav 5dr
9.2s 139g/km 47.1 165 £23,210
The greenest
2.2d SE-L Lux Nav 5dr
9.2s 119g/km 61.4 150 £26,740
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