Ten Second Review
Mazda CX-5 2.2 150PS Lease Review - This motor proves that Mazda are not just a company of toy soft-tops and managerial saloons. The CX-5 is a fantastic example of the crossover with masses of space and great economy, while still managing to keep that sporty feel that can be lost with the extra size of these models.
Starting under the hood, this engine is far better than its petrol rival with excellent economy and a real feeling of strength. The power come straight at you from the low revs and won’t stop until you’ve maxed it out, but still drops you into a lower tax bracket and only costs around £10 in fuel for every 100 miles driven. The ride is secure without much roll in the body, often to the point of being a little too firm for some, but it is still comfortable and you have the feeling you could handle a tough track, if not go completely off-road. However, you do get plenty of noise from the road and the wind to match, stemming from the workmanlike shell of the outer body, which could use a few stylistic upgrades.
Inside you get a quality interior with soft-touch features and a stylish dashboard made of high quality plastics, while this model comes with a same iDrive system found in BMW’s, which is highly praised and easy to use, as well as tying the dash together. You get plenty to play with up here too, all models come with dual zone climate control, parking sensors, cruise control and Bluetooth, and the sat-nav is a must-have optional extra that looks great in the LED dash-mounted screen. In the back you become truly impressed, you have miles of head and legroom for almost any size adult, and the boot is as big as you will ever need, this could handle the front row of a Rugby League scrum, alongside carrying most of the team’s kit with them! The only downside back here is the thick rear pillars, which allow for the high roof but limit visibility especially on motorway slipways.
Finally you have all the safety and security equipment you would need, with six airbags and stability control that are accentuated by a City Braking System that slows the car automatically under 10mph using the sensors. This gives this car not only a five star safety rating, but an all-around five star performance.
The CX-5 is a surprisingly efficient and attractive car which cuts out the nonsense and provides drivers with pure value. In a market like the crossover section where many different manufacturers are going more outlandish with their design and specifications Mazda have brought things back down to earth. What you get here is simple but solid engineering provided at a fantastic price. The car has a lot of space inside making it comfortable, it handles well and has an abundance of extra safety features. An all round great car which can't really be faulted and arguably is leading the crossover SUV sector to where it needs to be.