What Car: New Mazda CX-5 2017 review

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In the past few years, the family-friendly SUV market has become somewhat crowded, with Skoda Kodiaq, Seat Ateca and Peugeot 5008 now rivalling the Mazda CX-5. Stepping up, Mazda has ‘treated its large SUV to a creative refresh’. Although given the ‘all-new’ title, the Mazda CX-5 is ‘effectively an evolution of a successful formula’, with improvements made to ride quality, handling and sound.

What is the 2017 Mazda CX-5 like to drive?

‘A thicker windscreen, tighter door gaps and streamlined windscreen pillars’ are just some of the measures taken to reduce noise. This has resulted in a ‘noticeably quieter’ model and a car that ‘is very pleasant to cover miles in’.

In addition, Mazda has ‘softened the front suspension’, to deliver exceptional body control. ‘Sudden crests and compressions are dealt with in one fluid, well-controlled movement […] Turn in to a quick corner and the car exhibits more body lean than you might expect from a sporty SUV, but once it's settled, the well-weighted steering gives you the confidence to place the car exactly where you want it’.

What is the 2017 Mazda CX-5 like inside?

With a ‘three-spoke steering wheel, a minimalist dashboard design and an abundance of soft-touch materials’, the Mazda is ‘a step above the competition’. As standard you get a ‘centrally mounted 7.0in infotainment screen with sat-nav and a high resolution 4.6in driving information screen between the instrument dials’. It is clear that Mazda has focussed on ‘improving the user experience’.

Verdict

What Car? concludes that on first impressions, the all-new Mazda CX-5 is a very good SUV to drive, with the ‘148bhp diesel engine’s performance and refinement being more than a match for rivals’. As an all-round package, the new CX-5 ‘makes a very compelling case for itself’.

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