When buying the Mazda we were also looking at the Jeep Cherokee Limited, the Volkswagen Tiguan Highline, the Hyundai Tucson Highlander and the Kia Sportage Platinum.
The three that really stood out to us were the Mazda, the Jeep and the Volkswagen. They seemed like the best quality and looked as if they were built a little better than the other rivals. We later crossed the Jeep off the list because of its high fuel consumption.
This left us with a choice between either the VW or the Mazda and it was a tough decision. The VW is a little better at the driving aspect but the Mazda’s quality and looks were nicer than the Tiguan so we finally chose the Mazda.
Both the inside and the outside of the Mazda is very good quality and good looking for its price. A friend owns a 2012 BMW X5 and she stated the materials used were better than the ones in her BMW which shows how far Mazda has come. There is nothing inside the car we don’t like but agree that even though the wheels don’t look terrible, they could be better.
The GT is pretty feature-packed and comes with things such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, auto braking, sat nav, 10-speaker BOSE audio system with a sub in the boot, push start and keyless entry, heated front seats, electric tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, electric park brake and LED headlights which turn when you turn the wheel.
The Mazda drives very well for its size. We also own a 2015 Mazda 3 and the body roll is less noticeable than the 3. Road noise, tyre noise and engine noise has also been improved greatly compared to its predecessor and most of its competition.
The 2.5 litre engine has more then enough power to haul the CX-5 up steep hills with minimal effort and the transmission works perfectly with the engine when you are pushing the car. The only criticism is the transmission likes to cruise at its highest gear (6) to save fuel which is good and bad at the same time. It’s good as it does improve fuel efficiency but bad because if you are going 60km/h and put your foot down a tiny bit it will constantly drop gears and then go up to sixth again which is annoying for the driver.
Car has enough space for four adults and the boot is reasonably-sized compared to its competition but it won’t win any awards for space. We didn’t need extra space so this wasn’t a problem for us but for larger families that have baby seats and prams, this may become a problem.
The keyless entry, auto locking and electric boot have been very practical however, which is usually only found on top end models of competitors.
The only improvement I would like to see would be for Mazda to put the 2.5-litre turbo from the CX-9 into this car.
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