Ray Massey: Mad for a Mazda
Ray Massey weighs up the good and the bad of the new Mazda CX-5 2.2 SE -L, Nav Auto (150ps) Price as driven: £25,215.
Smooth new family friendly crossover from Japan’s Mazda. So easy to live with, I grew into it like a much-loved jacket.
Driving it quickly became second nature. It’s well-placed to take on tough competition from Honda’s CR-V, Nissan’s Qashqai and the Ki a Sportage.
Bold, contemporary looks, svelte styling and a distinctive presence make it stand out in a crowd.
Mad for a Mazda: Test driving the latest model
Great pulling power and acceleration that — thanks to the low-end torque from this super-smooth turbocharged 2.2 litre four- cylinder diesel — seems even faster than the 0-62 mph time of ten seconds. Top speed of 123mph is more than adequate. It’s Mazda’s first-ever diesel automatic. There is a manual option to the nifty six-speed automatic gearbox, but the diesel is expected to account for 85 per cent of sales.
Good road manners and a delight to drive — even after more than 500 miles.
Push-button start-up from the dashboard. Mine was two-wheel drive, but fourwheel options are available.
Frugal on fuel. Mazda claims an average 53.3 mpg.
Official figures are often dodgy, but I got pretty close to that even with some spirited driving.
Lowish C02 emissions for a car of this size of 139g/km. This and the good fuel economy are helped by the stop-start system that cuts out the engine at traffic lights and kicks in again when you move off.
Good and simple-to-use satnav system using data from TomTom.
Useful parking sensors to prevent little bumps, a lowspeed accident avoidance system, plus stability and traction control.
Comfy supportive seats, tinted privacy glass. Userfriendly buttons on knobs on an uncluttered dashboard and ‘infotainment’ — information and entertainment— system.
Big boot with plenty of space. I got three sets of golf clubs in no bother. It also features Mazda’s clever Karakuri seat – folding mechanism, which allows you to release the split-folding seats via a handle in the boot, or a button on the seat itself. The seats then drop automatically, leaving a near-flat boot floor.
Good colours. Mine was a tasteful metallic shade called Zeal Red Mica.
Already winning plaudits including being named ‘Best Crossover’ in the recent Auto Express awards.
Is this really a diesel? It sounds so quiet and runs so smoothly I really started to doubt it. When I filled up for the first time I actually had to check three times to convince myself. There is a warning on the filler cap, but still it could lead to costly errors.
The trim failed to live up to the high standards of the rest of the car. Fine if you have kids in the back and need something hardwearing. But not up to the quality of the rest of the experience.
Automatic gear gate is not the smoothest and got stuck a couple of times.
The CX-5 range starts from £21,395 for the basic 2-litre petrol model , rising to £28,795.