As we’ve mentioned, the CX-5 has a long list of excellent rivals. Pretty much every mainstream brand has a car in the compact SUV class, and models like the Peugeot 3008, Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca are all tough competitors. The CX-5’s dimensions and price tag mean it’s also up against the Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan and Nissan X-Trail, although unlike these cars, the CX-5 isn’t available with seven seats.

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Elsewhere, the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Kuga both offer a stern challenge to the CX-5, then there are dependable choices such as the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, with extended warranty cover designed to give added confidence. The Citroen C5 Aircross and Vauxhall Grandland are also in the mix, but don’t offer enough to trouble the class leaders. Many of these cars also come with the option of plug-in hybrid power, although diesel alternatives are limited these days. 

Used and nearly new

The latest Mazda CX-5 is a family favourite and offers enough dynamic polish to keep the keener driver entertained. It isn’t cheap, but with distinctive looks, great levels of kit and decent tech, it’s become one of Mazda’s best-selling cars in the UK. Customer responses from our Driver Power survey backs the sales figures up, with overall build quality and reliability highlighted as positive aspects of ownership,

Mazda CX-5 history

Mazda CX-5 Mk2: 2017-date

The CX-5 offers all the quality, practicality and kit you could want, so buying a used, or nearly new model could be the smart move. In fact, it does everything pretty well, although we’d avoid the 2.5-litre petrol model; it’s expensive and lacks refinement. Safety has always been a strong point, with the CX-5 benefiting from lots of advanced tech and recognised with a top five-star Euro NCAP score. Read our full Mk2 Mazda CX-5 buyer’s guide here…

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Mazda CX-5 Mk1: 2012-2017

If you’re buying a used family SUV, then ultimately you’ll want it to be reliable. Opting for an early Mk1 Mazda CX-5 should prove to be a good bet, as not only does it continue Mazda’s reputation for producing dependable cars, but it’s spacious, comfortable  and offers excellent levels of standard equipment. Thrown in the fact that it’s also fun to drive, for a big family SUV, and it’s easy to see why the talented CX-5 has been such a sales success. Read our full Mk1 Mazda CX-5 buyer’s guide here…

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