Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the mid-sized crossover. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the CX-5 car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.


The Mazda CX-5 is the medium-sized SUV to rival the VW Tiguan and Volvo XC60. It’s a compact crossover with a choice of 2wd and 4wd and, in the UK, it replaced the larger US-focused CX-7. For more information on the Mazda CX-5, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

It might look like one of the dumpier SUVs on sale today, but the CX-5’s strait-laced style hides a remarkably clever bit of of engineering. The company’s Skyactiv engineering focus means there’s weight stripped out aplenty (it’s lighter than the equivalent Ford or VW products, claims Mazda) and some optimised petrol and diesel engines instead of any hybridisation. Most Brits pick the 2.2d, thanks to its sub 120g/km CO2 emissions. Sadly, the CX-5 doesn’t match the sharp handling we’ve come to expect of most modern Mazdas. It’s not a blunt tool, but simply doesn’t carry over the fun quotient we’ve come to admire in the 3 and 6. It’s practical though; tug levers in the boot and you can flop the 40:20:40 split rear seats from the back of the car. 

The one we’d buy

2.2 diesel

The one we’d avoid like the plague


Rivals to consider

Ford Kuga, VW Tiguan


Clever engineering, practical


Interior not up there with the class best, drive not as sharp as other recent Mazdas

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