Mazda’s spacious and upmarket new CX-5 aims to reclaim the large SUV crown – but first it has to beat our reigning champ, the Skoda Kodiaq, and Ford’s updated Kuga
So, you want an SUV. You’ve thought about a Nissan Qashqai or a Seat Ateca and like their cheap running costs, but they’re a little on the small side. What do you buy?
Well, the answer to that particular conundrum was, for many years, the Mazda CX-5. Big, practical and surprisingly good fun to drive, it was the go-to choice for anyone more concerned about value for money than a posh badge. But then along came the Skoda Kodiaq. Even bigger, much classier inside and yet similarly good value, it made the CX-5 seem rather old-hat.
Not one to take defeat lying down, Mazda is back with an all-new CX-5 that promises to fix some of its predecessor’s flaws – a low-rent interior and noisy road manners – without a big price hike. But Skoda and Mazda aren’t the only ones in this fight; Ford’s recently revised Kuga costs about the same and betters both for fuel economy.
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