The new SUV should earn its place on any buyer’s shortlist, but it is not revelatory enough to better the models against which it is pitted in the compact crossover class.
What Mazda has produced is a very fine diesel engine. Efficient four-cylinder units may well have become the tip of the industry’s spear, but there are few – possibly none in the mainstream – that equal the SkyActiv unit’s broad range of capabilities. And then there is the surprisingly efficient and refined petrol engine.
Were those engines mated to a classier interior, more engaging chassis or plusher ride, the CX-5 might be more deserving not only of class honours but also of its price tag.
As it is, Mazda has produced a spacious, well equipped crossover that goes faster and farther and pollutes less than the opposition.
But for some, that will be more than enough to justify compromises made elsewhere in the CX-5 package.