Could The New Mazda CX-5 Be The Best Compact SUV In The Market?

The new CX-5 certainly has its work cut out for it, considering that it goes up against an armada of rivals in the booming compact SUV segment.

However, with the new generation that debuted last year and went on sale in the UK in June, Mazda may have a winner in their hands, or at least that’s what CarBuyer’s James Batchelor had to say, after driving the 2017 CX-5.

On the plus side, it is good to look at, being more imposing than the old one with its large grille and sweptback headlights, and has a quality interior, which might just top not only the one of the Peugeot 3008, but also the VW Tiguan’s.

There’s plenty of space for two adults in the back, loads of storage compartments, high quality materials and a 7-inch color touchscreen that’s offered as standard. The infotainment system remains identical to the one used on the older CX-5, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Hitting the road should be a pleasure, no matter what version you’ve gone for, as the new Mazda CX-5 is one of the best handling vehicles in its segment. The six-speed manual gearbox is sublime, but the CX-5 it could use a sharper steering and more comfortable seats.

Watch the full review of Mazda’s compact SUV in the video right after the jump.


  • Six_Tymes

    is he from Transylvania?

  • Barros_Serrano

    Love Mazda’s designs, hate their limited engine choice.

    • SteersUright


    • Matthijs

      lol, what is wrong with a 165hp and 194hp petrol and 150hp and 175hp diesel in a ‘lightweight’ SUV..? Maybe you are from the US but you guys seemed to be obsessed with big engines. But why? For random trafflc light races…?

      • FOAFL4

        Have to agree. It seems to be a common theme among folks from the US.. more power. Don’t know why. Maybe it is traditionally a market with 6 or more cylinders in the days when fuel was cheap so the thought of driving a car with 165hp is too much of a sensory underload. Or maybe people have just been eating too many twinkies there….


    Carbuyer years are over since 2016

    • Harry_Wild

      Miss Ginny Buckey!

  • Matthijs

    As a Mazda-fan I just don’t like it. The overall shape is almost the same and therefor a bit dated and the nose looks out of proportions. Good thing they improved the interior but several buttons and elements are exactly the same as before. And the standard 17″ are hideous

  • Michelin

    Good car, but I wish to buy an Alfa Romeo Stelvio.