Used Mazda CX-5 review – AutoExpress

Some manufacturers rarely appear to create a unsatisfactory car, and Mazda is one of them. The brand offers a wide range of terrific models, along with its CX-5 compact SUV one of the finest. It’s so good that we crowned it Finest Crossover at our 2012 Brand-new automobile Awards, and Finest Family automobile the complying with year.

In 2012, we said: “The CX-5 has actually set a Brand-new benchmark for crossovers, combining space, quality and style along with a terrific drive and outstanding efficiency. It’s rare that you can easily get hold of every one of that in one affordable package that won’t cost the earth to run – this is a automobile that can easily make you smile and preserve you smiling.” 

Models covered

The Mazda CX-5 compact crossover was released in 2012 and was the very first automobile to feature Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design language. It’s this model that we’re focusing on here.

  • • Mazda CX-5 (2012-date) – It’s one of our favourite compact SUVs, and a great used buy.

Mazda CX-5

Prices from £11,000

Mazda CX-5 used - full front


The CX-5 reached showrooms in spring 2012 along with 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel engines, the latter in 148bhp or 173bhp guises. It was the very first automobile to feature Mazda’s SkyActiv technology, comprising lightweight construction along along with a lot more efficient engines and transmissions to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Initially there were SE-L and Sport trims, yet an SE-L Lux arrived in October 2013 as a Brand-new mid-range option aimed at fleets. It featured a standard sunroof and leather trim.

Suspension revisions in spring 2014 improved the ride comfort and refinement, prior to a facelifted CX-5 in 2015 brought additional kit, upgraded interior trim, optional LED headlamps and a seven-inch display on the dash in place of the previous 5.8-inch unit. 

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Which one must I buy?

If you want four-wheel drive or an auto box, you’ll have actually to buy a diesel CX-5, as the 2.0-litre petrol comes in two-wheel-drive manual form only. The high-powered diesel is available only along with 4WD, yet the 2.2D 150 can easily be front or four-wheel drive.

Mazda CX-5 used - side

The SE-L comes along with 17-inch alloys and parking sensors front and rear. Plus, there’s dual-zone climate control, a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, city braking, cruise manage and automatic wipers. The Sport adds 19-inch rims, bi-xenon headlights, leather trim, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a reversing camera and a nine-speaker Bose stereo. The 2 are likewise available in Nav spec, along with an integrated sat-nav.

Alternatives to the Mazda CX-5

For value, driving pleasure and choice, the Mk2 Ford Kuga is hard to beat, and it’s fairly reliable, too. We enjoy the Skoda Yeti for its practicality, dependability and build quality, while the Mk3 Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35 offer reliability, value and good warranties.

The Mk4 Toyota RAV4 is yet another capable alternative, and so, too, is Honda’s fourth-generation CR-V. The 2 offer efficient engines and reliability, yet the dynamics disappoint.

Mazda CX-5 used - rear

If your budget is flexible, the Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and VW Tiguan every one of look terrific and are well built. One of the CX-5’s toughest adversaries is the Mk2 Nissan Qashqai, which is an outstanding all-rounder.

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If you buy a automobile devoid of sat-nav, you must just have the ability to buy an SD card and insert it in to the slot to get hold of nav. yet post-2015 facelift cars come along with their own cards. 

Mazda CX-5 used - sat-nav


The Mazda’s Bluetooth set-up can easily be a little temperamental, either refusing to pair along with a smartphone or sometimes not allowing you to make calls once paired.


Mazda’s diesel engine can easily suffer from the oil being diluted along with fuel, thanks to DPF regeneration issues. This pushes up maintenance costs.

Tyre noise

Some owners have actually found their CX-5s provide a disappointing quantity of road noise. The tyres and road surface make every one of the difference.

Mazda CX-5 used - dash


The CX-5’s dash is simple to get hold of along with, yet some components look and feel cheap. Cabin space is good, along with plenty of head and legroom for four adults, even though it’s tight for five. Storage space is decent, while the large boot can easily swallow 503 litres, or 1,6twenty litres along with the rear seats folded flat.

Running costs

All CX-5s should be serviced every 12 months or 12,000 miles. There’s no difference in costs between petrol and diesel models, as The 2 are pegged at £195, £270, £275, £275 and £185 prior to the cycle starts again. As The 2 the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines are fitted along with timing chains made to last the lifetime of the engine, there are no cambelts to replace.

The brake fluid does should be changed every two years at a cost of £72, though. The coolant must be renewed after 10 years or 125,000 miles, after that every 5 years or 62,500 miles. Expect to pay £83.40 for this work.

Mazda CX-5 used - engine


Mazda builds several of the most reliable cars around, so it’s no surprise that the CX-5 hasn’t been recalled yet. Indeed, the brand has actually issued merely 5 recalls because 2012, two of which were for cars built between 2001 and 2004.

The others were for the 5 and yet another for the 6, The 2 as a result of potential short circuits, while the later 3 and 6 were recalled as a result of the chance of complications along with the stop/begin system. yet so far, there have actually been no campaigns launched for the CX-5, which is reassuring. 

Driver electricity owner satisfaction

After making its debut in fifth in Driver electricity 2013, the CX-5 slipped to 13th in 2014, after that to 64th in 2015. Yet it flower to 49th in this year’s poll, along with owners praising performance, practicality, handling, ease of driving and ride quality. The lowest scores are for Operating costs and in-automobile tech.