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Mazda CX 5 SPORT NAV AUTO 2016 review

Overall towcar rating


Key information

  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Year of manufacture: 2016
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2.2litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 45 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 28 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 1703 kg
  • Nose weight: 88 kg
  • Body type: SUV

Towcar summary

What's good?

Excellent towcar, good low down torque, can leave in Auto or use in manual mode. Very quiet. Fitted with safety pack (adaptive LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert)and adaptive cruise control, Heated leather memory seats

What's bad?

Not enough internal storage space, front aux 12v socket is in storage compartment under central arm rest. Hand book not very good as it applies to all models worldwide. parking sensors are speed sensitive and automatically turn off at 10mph, no mention of this in handbook. No spare wheel, Mazda want 328 for a space saver which is not suitable for towing.

Would you recommend it?


Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?


Solo performance *****

What's it like without the caravan?

Suspension a little on the firm side, performance very good.
Have given 5 for reliability but as car is only 5 weeks old (1600miles) would not expect anything else

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Not as yet as only had car 5 weeks

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?


Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?


Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

Excellent, nothing was too much trouble


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I agree changed our Hyundai Santa Fe for an AWD 175 sport nav. and am extremely pleased with the car. It's comfortable, quiet, fast even with the van on the back the performance is excellent, far better than the Santa Fe. But the big difference between the two is the lack of pitching. (well documented on the forum).
I would not hesitate to recommend the car.