Car review Mazda CX5 driven road test BBC Top Gear

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Is the Mazda CX-5 exciting? Not in a way. But if you’ve caught a of the score already and scanned the you might be giving some to reading the rest of this

And you should, because the CX-5 be on your shortlist if you’re a family car.

OK, it stumbles at the hurdle. It’s merely to look at. This is the first car to boast Mazda’s new ‘Kodo’ language, and it’s handsome and proportioned.

But not striking. It’s no It’s one of those shapes works better in the metal on the page, and there are some character lines, but in most and weather conditions they’re too to stand out.

This is a shame, as there’s of new technology under the skin actually works and actually a real difference. Most cars have a certain of carry-over from predecessors or models in the range, but not the CX-5.

gearboxes, chassis, suspension there’s nothing here been anywhere else OK, some cabin trim and but nothing of real consequence.

So we a lot to talk about. And we’d start with the Skyactiv The CX-5 comes with a 163bhp, 2.0-litre petrol or a diesel (148bhp or 173bhp).

So so conventional, but what’s unusual is both have a 14:1 ratio. For a spark-ignition petrol is ridiculously high; for a compression-ignition remarkably low.

There are plenty of good reasons why we haven’t had engines this, but as programme manager Tanaka points out: In the the high compression means torque and better combustion in the diesel, lowering the ratio cleaner combustion, reduces loads

and the weight of the engine.

The is also un-turbocharged, which is and is a bit noisier under load most. It’s nice to torquier than you might but can be largely ignored as it will for only 15 per cent of sales.

The is a peach. It’s remarkably and quiet, and, if you want, you can it beyond 5,000rpm and it won’t get all But there’s no need, because, as all diesels, the good stuff from 1,500 to 3,500rpm.

And is all you need, tugging the CX-5 without apparent effort.

It really has got a good turn of runs silently and yet claims and 119g/km of CO2. Neither a Kuga nor Toyota RAV4 below 150g/km or manages 50mpg. Mazda’s clearly something right.

But getting figures requires you to resist two options: the auto ‘box and the 4WD The 4WD makes little discernible to everyday driving and can only a maximum of 50 per cent of torque to the wheels.

The auto is great to use it has the uncanny knack of knowing gear it needs to be in and when to into it. So, the sweet spot of the is the basic manual diesel. It has a crisp gearshift (the is as short as the MX-5’s, apparently) and can be had in two SE-L and Sport.

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We mention them now because the between them isn’t to cost and kit. Upgrading to costs £2,200 and adds lights, a reversing camera, leather heated seats, a system and 19in alloys. It changes the driving manners.

no difference to the suspension settings, but the 17s to the SE-L have more in their tall 65-profile which softens the ride and the edge off body control. isn’t a problem because CX-5 drives with

It’s the comfort and refinement are most obvious. Mazda has a new insulation material in the construction, and it the CX-5 a similarly hushed, cabin to the best German

It just feels very to drive, and Mazda — only by Ford in the mainstream — does dynamics than just about else. The bigger-wheeled Sport is and agile around corners, nicely and maintains momentum. The might be a fraction stiffer, but all have an easy-going, relaxed ideal for family life.

They’re big inside, too. The looks Qashqai-sized, but that’s — it’s bigger, plentiful rear head- and and a holiday-sized 503-litre boot. drop the 40:20:40 split seats for a 1,620-litre bay.

The interior design and quality. It to have been more and interesting, the plastics and materials tactile. But that’s about it,

This is a good car, a family SUV that will you well, if unremarkably. It’s on from 18 May, and its arrival the phasing out of the larger CX-7, the 2 supermini, one of Mazda’s underrated, cars. Let’s hope the avoids the same fate.

It deserves to.


2191cc, in-line, 148bhp, 280lb ft, CO2, 61.4mpg, 9.2secs, 1450kg

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