Mazda CX-5 SUV - A review of the Mazda CX-5 small 4x4 crossover has to conclude that it is stylish, solidly built, and reasonably efficient to drive.
The latest Mazda upgrades have produced one of the best small 4x4 cars that you can buy in the United Kingdom.
The Mazda CX-5 is solid and reliable, even with their use of lightweight components and efficient powertrains, which means there is a lot of family fun and sharp driving to be had from this good looking crossover.
The improved interior trim and 'all-new' souped up SkyActiv technology levels in the mechanicals and switchgear have now matched many of its rivals and made it a worthy contender for the best small 4x4 SUV crossover.
Japanese car makers have become a major player in the world of hybrids and it certainly appears that the all-new Mazda CX-5 is a winner - and for more than one reason.
It is a typical classy high-riding SUV but when you add the official figures for fuel economy it simply leaves much of the competition standing still.
Statistics show the numbers as low as 119g/km and 61.4mpg on the combined cycle.
The impressive figures are ultimately derived from the low-power diesel engine which drives the front wheels through a manual gearbox of the CX-5. Perhaps a disadvantage of that is that it the rest of the range seem a little on the costly side to run when you compare all the figures.
An advanced 2.2-litre diesel engine sits at the heart of the Mazda CX-5 SUV range. The latest power block has an exceptionally high compression ratio which contributes to the improved torque and fuel efficiency. Manufacturers of the Mazda CX-5 4x4 Crossover also offer an advanced petrol engine version but expert opinion suggests that it will only appeal to a select and somewhat niche market in the United Kingdom.
Whether you choose petrol or diesel, thankfully both engines are match up to a choice between an efficient automatic and a compact and lightweight six-speed manual gearbox. Depending on which level of specification you opt for, the thrust and power is smoothly transferred to all four wheels in the 4 wheel-drive CX-5 or the front set for other SUV models. Even though the engine range is small, we couldn't find a bad unit amongst them.
An over critical Mazda CX-5 review might argue that the interior lacks space when you compare it to many of the other practical crossovers around and some of the compact 4x4's. That said, the Mazda CX-5 is a fine family car and should appeal to those who use their SUV for a lot of town driving.
It is clear that the Mazda CX-5 has entered an expensive and complicated range of hybrid SUVs. But the bold and interesting part will need time to tell whether the refinery and Mazda rethink of the conventional internal combustion blueprint, will prove to be successful.