I like Mazda because they produce a decent car for the right money without skimping on quality or equipment.
But I also like Mazda because they pretty much give you everything you will ever need. Look at the MX-5 as a perfect example. It’s still one of the best two-seater sports cars you can buy for around the same price as a decent family hatchback.
Then there is the CX-3 which for me is still one of my favourite cars of 2016. And then, in front of you now is the Mazda CX-5. which is an even greater machine and ‘frankly staggering’ – and one of the main reasons why I think it’s the best crossover currently on the market.
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 0-62 time of just over nine seconds and a top speed of about 126mph and you will start to see that what I am saying makes perfect sense.
Also, just because it has a big 2.2-litre engine doesn’t mean you will need to visit the pumps every few miles either because the CX-5 can easily achieve 55mpg. Plus, it also has a CO2 rating of 119g/km so that will save you a few extra pounds too.
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. Of course, most crossovers also need to have the ability to do a mix of road and track – and I am happy to say that the CX-5 manages to pull that off brilliantly too.
Design & Technology:
Some of the standard features you will find come in the form of 17” alloy wheels, Halogen headlights and daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, 40/20/40 fold-flat rear seats, dusk-sensing lights, rain-sensing front wipers, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, air-conditioning, 7” colour touch-screen display and Multimedia Commander & Internet app integration for Internet radio, DAB radio with six speakers, navigation system, driver and passenger front side and curtain airbags, dynamic stability control and traction control with system hill hold, power tilt-and-slide sunroof, black leather seat trim with eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory, six-way power adjustable front passenger seat and heated front seats.
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 new CX-5 is now well above any of its rivals and the only crossover you need to be thinking about buying.
Price: £27,265 (as tested).