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The Top Gear car review:Mazda CX-5
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
The old CX-5 didn’t have a massively impressive interior. Sure it was spacious, comfortable and easy enough to get your head around, but material quality was lacking and the design was a bit too conservative.
Things have improved for the new one. It’s about as spacious as it was before (not a problem, there’s plenty), but the 7in infotainment screen that protrudes from the top of the dash, aluminium-look air vents and trim strip across basically its entire width make the whole thing feel much more modern.
Because we only drove pre-prods, some of the interior materials weren’t quite up to spec – but Mazda promises us when production begins for real, everything will feel like it should. Which, going by the recently-facelifted Mazda 6, should be quite good, if not entirely Germanic.
Stuffed with equipment, though. Trim levels haven’t been announced yet, but all will get nav and a crystal-clear HUD is standard from mid-range up. In all it’s a nice place to be - comfy seats, very quiet and there’s plenty of storage space. Mazda tells us the glove box was specifically designed to accommodate a 10in tablet.