Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 removed from Scheme as at 1st April 2017 – New model CX-5 due for release in the UK in Autumn 2017

mazda-cx-5-motability-frontThe Mazda CX-5 has been on and off the Scheme over the last few years but the winner of ‘Best large SUV under 25k’ at Whatcar for three years in a row is back. The Mazda CX-5 was the first of the SkyActiv design (now includes the Mazda3 and Mazda6) a concept to redefine cars from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis and from the body to transmissions. It may be PR waffle but it’s easy to ‘buy into’ as the three cars are stunning. The CX-5 does not have it easy, the competition is fierce; the Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford Kuga are three excellent alternatives but in our opinion the CX-5 has the edge in the looks department despite having been released in 2012.

 

 

mazda-cx-5-motability-bootThe CX-5 is precise and surefooted to drive and boasts a wide range of flexibility in the driving position, with reach and rake-adjustable steering and good seat travel in all directions, particularly for height which ranges from low-slung to upright. Space for rear-seat passengers is excellent, the CX-5 is unusual in having a 40:20:40 split seat making the fifth passenger something of an afterthought, but each seat section can be folded independently using levers mounted in the boot, which itself is keenly sized at 503 litres or 1620 with all three seats down. The dash is a little uninspiring and is the only place where the CX-5 may be showing its age, audio and navigation systems are governed by a dial behind the gear lever dubbed the Mazda Multimedia Commander or via touchscreen to the central 7 inch infotainment screen.

 

 

mazda-cx-5-motability-car-dashTo Motability customers the CX-5 is available in SE-L or Sport trim. The SE-L is well equipped with cruise control, climate control, 17 inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass, automatic lights and wipers, integrated Sat Nav and DAB radio. Range-topping Sport models get extra luxuries in the form of keyless entry, reversing camera, 19 inch gunmetal alloy wheels, LED headlights and running lights, premium Bose sound system, electric controlled heated front seats and black leather upholstery.

 

 

mazda-cx-5-motability-car-rearThe Mazda CX-5 is available with two engines, a front wheel drive 2.o litre 165bhp petrol and a 2.2 litre twin turbo diesel in either 150bhp or 175bhp guise, the larger only available with the intelligent four wheel drive and presently not on the Scheme. The 2.0 litre petrol engine comes with a super slick 6 speed manual gearbox and drives very well and has a smooth delivery of power, 0-62 miles per hour can be attained in 9.2 seconds and economy is a staggering 47.1 miles per gallon, according to external reports you can expect over 40mpg in real world driving, this is the engine to go if you do not need an automatic. The 2.2 diesel (150bhp) in two wheel drive offers a claimed 61.4 miles per gallon and a 0-62 time of 9.2 seconds as a 6 speed manual or 53.3 mpg with the 6 speed Automatic gearbox.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Mazda CX-5 SE-L Nav 2.0 litre petrol Manual  –  £499 Advance payment (£61.40 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£899 (£64.08 wpms) in Sport trim

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Mazda CX-5 SE-L Nav 2.2 litre diesel  –  £1299 Advance payment (£281 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£1999 (£981 wpms) as automatic