Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a talented all-rounder that offers everything you could want from a crossover

Mazda doesn’t have the biggest range of cars in the business, but even with just six models, it has scooped two class wins in this year’s New Car Awards, plus one commended.

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The CX-5 has seen off the competition once again to be named Crossover king for the second year running, despite an influx of supermini-sized cars all aiming to steal its crown.

It’s the consummate family runabout, with a spacious and versatile interior, affordable running costs and very capable driving dynamics. Some of the CX-5’s rivals offer more practicality, sharper handling 
or more desirable styling, but they all come with the odd compromise.

Throw a question at the Mazda, though, and it will always have the answer. Its 503-litre boot can swallow a huge amount of luggage and its generous standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and a touchscreen infotainment system across the whole line-up.

Mazda’s SkyActiv technology keeps the CX-5’s fuel consumption in check without stunting straight-line pace. The 173bhp 2.2-litre diesel delivers lively performance, but CO2 emissions of only 136g/km, while the entry-level front-wheel-drive car’s 148bhp 2.2 diesel cuts CO2 to an impressive 119g/km.

Our choice: 2.2D SE-L 2WD (£22,295) Top SE-L trim represents great value, and if you don’t expect to venture off-
road, the efficient 2.2D (150) 2WD model has extremely low CO2 emissions.

Commended

Skoda Yeti

With its Tonka-toy looks, versatile interior, entertaining driving dynamics and great value, the rugged Skoda Yeti’s still a top family car. There’s also the choice of frugal two-wheel-drive and go-anywhere four-wheel-drive versions.

Peugeot 2008

Despite its late arrival in this class, the eye-catching Peugeot 2008 has made a big impact. Basic models are attractively priced, the cabin has an upmarket feel and it's surprisingly roomy. It's also good to drive and cost-effective to run.

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