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Review: Mazda CX-5

February 5, 2015

There’s no denying the Mazda CX-5 is one of the best compact SUVs on the market, which is no surprise considering its creator. Since launching in 1920, Mazda has gone on to produce some of the best cars in the industry and is one of the most renowned manufacturers around the world. So what exactly is it that makes the CX-5 so brilliant? Find out in this week’s Mazda CX-5 review, or if you’ve already fallen in love with the CX-5 you can go find a car loan that’s right for you.

Mazda CX-5

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services


Right away, it’s clear that the CX-5 is one of the best looking compact SUVs available. The exterior just oozes style, with its sleek and sporty lines – making the car an absolute treat to look at. The front of the car is classy and has Mazda written all over it (figuratively speaking), echoing the brand’s timeless design. Put simply, the Mazda CX-5 truly shows the rest of the market how it’s done when it comes to designing a compact SUV.

The interior of the CX-5 is relatively conservative, with Mazda keeping the design smart and uncluttered – but the orange glow from the dashboard and steering wheel really give the interior a warm and welcoming ambience. We like the Mazda’s minimalist interior – a nice relief from the design overkill you’ll find inside a lot of modern models.


Even the entry level Mazda CX-5 is jam-packed with quality kit, such as an auto dimming rear view mirror, auxiliary input, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, a 5.8” touchscreen and much more. Although the Mazda may not come with quite as many features as some of its rivals, a car with such minimalist styling would suffer by being crammed with too many gadgets. Overall, though, the car has more than enough to keep drivers satisfied and includes optional upgrades depending on what you fancy.


For a compact SUV, the Mazda offers a lot of bang for your buck – with a top speed of 124mph and a 0-60 time of 9.2 seconds. The CX-5 offers a range of engines to choose from, including the standard 2.0-litre petrol engine which is an entirely satisfying option. But if you want to kick things up a gear, the 2.2-litre SkyActiv diesel engine increases drivability and reduces your 0-60 time to an impressive 8.8 seconds.

Mazda CX-5 Interior

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services

If you fancy climbing inside the magnificent Mazda CX-5, don’t let your budget hold you back. At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re experts in all types of car finance – so head on over to our dedicated Mazda finance page or try our online car loan calculator for an instant quote.


About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.