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Car Review - Mazda CX-5 2.5 Super Luxury (A)
13 Sep 2017  |  Mazda Reviews
The Mazda CX-5 holds its own against more premium rivals, thanks to a refined cabin and a host of driver assistance features.
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Mazda CX-5 2.5 vs Toyota Harrier 2.0 vs Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0
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   Consumer Reviews of Mazda CX-5
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OVERALL RATING
 
4 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
3.5/5
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Handling
4.5/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
3.5/5 Engine Performance
3/5
4 out of 4 (100%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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0wnage
Premium User 0wnage
3rd Gear
2 reviews
443 points
365 forum posts Joined on 31-Aug-2011
Most exciting SUV to drive in its class  Posted on 08 Nov 2017
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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Mazda's new KODO design language has been around for some time and it looks great on the 2nd generation CX-5 especially in this new Red colour! Having driven the 1st generation CX-5 myself, this CX-5 is still as engaging and responsive to drive with an improvement in NVH. It's handling is also known to be one of the best amount similar class of SUVs. Only downside is its lack of power (no turbo) unlike the Harrier and CRV. The CX-5 will definitely be my next car although I hope a turbo variant will be available then.

Trent895
1st Gear
6 reviews
76 points
8 forum posts Joined on 08-May-2016
Very good built but expensive  Posted on 04 Nov 2017
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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I test drove the 2.5 top version and the build of this car reaches entry luxury standard. Very impressive indeed. The cabin is a wonderful place to be in, although leg space is slightly tight. The engine is ok, but it needs to rev to get going. Can feel tiring listening to the engine zoom zoom all the time.

What I like
Beautifully appointed cabin and overall looks.

What I do not like
Top-spec version price also reaches entry luxury car price level. A turbo charged engine will suit the car better.

Mervynwm
Premium User Mervynwm
2nd Gear
107 reviews
247 points
60 forum posts Joined on 15-Mar-2009
The simple and refined CX5.  Posted on 02 Nov 2017
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 2/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 2/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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Tested the 2.0L Premium sometime ago.

From the exterior looks, nothing to shout about or even make a head turner to this as the design is plain simple and looks the same small size suv or cross over like the qashqai or niro type.

Interior is the premium feel that Mazda gives to almost all the models they offer here. The refinement of the leather and the gadgets in it. All placements are easily accessible and user friendly.

The drive....Moving off is slightly slow compared to harrier (agent and pi), x-trail and the non turbo forester.

Gear changes are ok and smooth but when you engaged sports mode (I tried twice) was slow in reacting like “Huh am I in sports mode ?”. First time in traffic light stop to engage before move off and another during drive and engage.

I must say Mazda’S handling is good if you forgo the sports mode slowness and the nimbleness of it as a crossovers or suv too.

The gadgets like land depart assist and blind sport assist are common in makes nowadays which I shall not go further too.

Overall if you are the one looking for usual drive and ok to part with $150k, then get the premium one than the standard model which I do see the price and the necessity to have a 2.5L is not there which you have other larger size suv at 2.0L to consider than this.

What I like
Premium interior feel
Electric tailgate in premium
Good handling

What I do not like
Price
Slowness in sports mode
At times slow gear changes

ilovetoyotacars
Clutched
12 reviews
30 points
0 forum posts Joined on 25-May-2015
Good looking, improved handling and interior  Posted on 04 Aug 2017
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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The CX-5 is a handsome crossover and doesn't look like a typical 'unker' SUV. But on top of that, it's got some things going for it on the inside as well.

The interior isn't as spacious as before but cabin design looks way more modern. It also feels more refined and build quality is decent.

The SUV handles itself pretty well and is quite fun to drive. However, it might feel a little lacklustre at times.

What I like
Handsome styling
Modern interior
Decent handling

What I do not like
Could do with a bit more punch

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Mazda CX-5
4 stars - based on 4 reviews