Mazda CX-5 vs rivals
The Mazda CX-5 is late to the crossover party – so is it good enough to beat class-leading rivals from Skoda and Kia?
Mazda has come to the compact crossover party late, but in the CX-5 it has created a class leader. This car is great to look at, roomy and fantastic to drive, while the SkyActiv engines deliver unrivalled emissions and economy.
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The Kia Sportage has the looks to match the Mazda, but not the handling. You can also only get a 2.0-litre diesel if you go for four-wheel drive; our two-wheel-drive 1.7-litre test model doesn’t have the refinement or performance to match the 2.2-litre Mazda. Plus, it’s nowhere near as efficient – although the car appeals with its standard equipment list and great warranty.
It’s the Skoda Yeti GreenLine that runs the Mazda closest. Not only is it just as clean, with strong handling, the cabin is also functional and well built. On the other hand, it demands compromises in terms of performance and space. For those reasons, it finishes second to the superb Mazda.
Winner Mazda CX-5 ★★★★★
Lined up against crossovers like the Skoda Yeti, the CX-5 can seem expensive. However, it’s bigger, and leads the way with its low fuel and tax bills, while well equipped SE-L trim is far more affordable. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is super-refined and is cleaner than the smaller diesel in the Kia. Mazda has improved its cabin quality, too.
2nd Skoda Yeti ★★★★
The Skoda Yeti is still a fine choice. In GreenLine trim, it matches the Mazda’s emissions and it’s almost as economical. The 1.6-litre engine is short on power and its performance is leisurely, but the Yeti handles better than the Kia, and its functional cabin is great. But we think other Yeti models make more sense.
3rd Kia Sportage ★★★★
Our Sportage 3 Sat Nav has lots of kit fitted as standard and is £2,000 less than the Mazda to buy. But if you sacrifice some goodies, the CX-5 SE-L is £200 cheaper than the Sportage 3. Either way, the Kia is dirtier, far less powerful and doesn’t handle or ride as well as the Mazda. Company car tax bills are higher, too.
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingThe Mazda CX-5 is late to the crossover party – so is it good enough to beat class-leading rivals from Skoda and Kia?
- 21st Mazda CX-5 2.2 DStylish new model blends fun, efficiency and a quality finish
- 32nd Skoda Yeti GreenLineIt’s the smallest car on test, but still a convincing package
- 43rd Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDiEco-focused SUV scores on value, but does it have desirability to compete?
- 5Facts and figures