There’s an eclectic mix of materials that work together to enhance the ambience, including leather highlights around the centre console and, depending on which trim you opt for, attractive inserts on the dashboard. Breaking down the category scores, the car has a better adult protection score than a Kodiaq and Audi Q5, and beats the Kodiaq on child protection, too.
“Mazda's SKYACTIV Technology has given the CX-5 some of the lowest CO₂ emissions and highest fuel economy figures in the class, beating those of rivals such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. However, the CX-5 also has the space to rival them, because its interior is large and the boot a generous size. It handles exceptionally well for a large SUV, too, while the amount of standard equipment you get is plentiful considering the car’s relatively low price.”–WhatCar?, 2017.
What Car? Commented that, “the Mazda CX-5 retains its crown at the cheaper end of the large SUV class, helped in part by the revisions applied last year. Mazda has revised the suspension, refreshed the styling and improved the interior, infotainment and noise suppression. It remains spacious inside and usefully practical, and the ride is more forgiving. In short, it’s a superb car made better.”