Mazda CX-5

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This is a very good crossover with none of the sloppy handling with which they are normally associated. In fact it feels more like a sprightly hatchback thanks to its solid control and accurate steering. There are 12 models available which gives a great choice and with prices ranging from £21,595 to £28,195, it cannot be faulted when it comes to value for money.

Engines range from the 2.0-litre petrol up to the 2.2-litre diesel, although drive-wise the 2.0-litre diesel is definitely the best buy as it has 148bhp which gives great acceleration at 1500rpm. The engines overall are very smooth and quiet, but the noise from the road and wind is excessive, which is a shame; but it is an utility vehicle after all. The petrol engines appear to have to work much harder than the diesel so can be noisy at high revs.

The interior is classy and very neat and the chrome detailing looks good and expensive. Safety has been well thought out, with six airbags and great stability control. The “City Breaking System” stops the car automatically if a collision is imminent at low speeds and slows it up to 19mph at faster speeds. Together with an alarm and immobiliser, this has earned the Mazda-CX-5 a crash rating from Euro NCAP Security of five stars.

With ample room inside and lots of extras as standard such as alloys, Bluetooth and dual-zone climate control to name but a few – this is a great crossover vehicle.
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