Price: From $43,703
The 2.2L model reviewed here is a diesel variant of the CX-5 - and comes at a premium price. Our CHOICE tester took it for a test drive, along with a CHOICE member family.
Fuel usage claim vs measured per 100km
5.7L vs 7.7L
Acceleration to 100km/h
Braking distance from 60km/h
Our CHOICE voting members Jim and Asimina took the five-seater Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD for a spin with their kids, Adriana and Maria. On their weekend test drive they travelled to the Central Coast and the Hunter Valley in NSW during the school holidays, and also did some domestic duties around town.
Jim and Asimina say:
Accessing the rear seats is OK; however after putting in the child seats, we found there wasn't enough room in the centre for another person.
We didn’t like that the window controls are in reach of the kids. The child seat anchors are easy to locate, mounted on the back of each chair.
Our kids didn't have enough room when the front passenger seats were pushed all the way back, though perhaps with smaller booster seats
this may improve. When we lowered the rear cup-holder, the seat belts are quite difficult to access.
The boot space is too small for a weekend trip away. Fold-up chairs, umbrellas, picnic rugs etc. quickly fill up the boot.
The car’s power and performance are outstanding, and the vocal tutorials are useful if you don’t want to wade through user manuals. The seat pocket behind the driver’s seat is good as well.
There’s no ideal place to keep regularly used items that people with kids tend to use in a car, such as wet wipes or tissues. The console in the middle tends to fill with CDs, pens and iPods
Steering is very good, responsive and sharp, with a nice leather steering wheel. We think the fuel economy
is pretty good but doesn’t meet its claim as per usual.
The six-speed automatic works well, but it tends to hang onto lower gears a bit too long during a hard acceleration. The ride is sure-footed and on the firm side.
Front seats are firm and supportive on a long trip without the numb posterior many other seats deliver after a long drive.
It's fairly quiet in the cabin, even on coarse roads. The interior is comfortable and the floor can lay completely flat even with a full-sized tyre
under the space.
Rear seats fold down to almost flat. There's good all-round visibility, even though the A pillars are quite thick.
There is a noticeable kick from the SkyActiv i-stop feature, which stops and starts the engine at pauses such as traffic lights.
For our member family, the Mazda CX-5's performance was great but it simply didn’t have enough room for two kids. Our tester was impressed with its seating and performance, especially with the effortless overtaking on the highway due to the torque of the diesel engine.
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