It’s reasonable to assume, with the flourishing demand for mid-size SUVs, that many prospective Mazda CX-5 buyers might be upgrading from a smaller family hatchback like the Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus.
There’s a lot to like about cars from this segment – they’re stylish, roomy and, thanks to a raised driving position, feel safer and easier to see out of. Once you’ve taken them home, however, models can perhaps be larger than you’d expect.
We’re taking a close look at the talented CX-5. How easily will it fit in your garage? We see how it measures up.
For the benefit of anyone who might be upgrading from a family hatchback, we’ll compare the dimensions of the CX-5 to the ubiquitous Ford Focus. The CX-5 is larger in every dimension, but perhaps not by as much as you’d expect. Its 4,555mm length is 200mm longer than the Focus hatchback and 1mm shorter than the Focus Estate. The CX-5 is only 17mm wider, too. The big difference, however, is the height – the CX-5 is around 150mm taller than the Focus – ideal for taller passengers.
Inside, as you’d hope from a larger car, the CX-5 is a little more spacious. There are a couple of extra centimetres of headroom front and rear, and rear seat passengers benefit from far greater legroom than the Ford. It’s worth noting, in top spec versions of the CX-5, the sunroof takes away some of the headroom available to front seat passengers. Even so, it’s still on par with the Ford.
Asterix * denotes models equipped with a sunroof.
|Headroom (front/rear)||1,018mm(990mm*) / 991mm|
|Legroom (front/rear)||1,041mm / 997mm|
Compared to the average family hatch, the boot space on offer is more than generous. It offers a whopping 187 litres more than the (fairly meagre) Ford Focus, and 123 litres more than a Volkswagen Golf. Fold away the rear seats, and a large, flat load bay totals 1,620 litres. More than big enough for extended trips to your favourite flatpack furniture shop…
|Seats up||503 litres|
|Seats down||1,620 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
The extra size does slightly harm the CX-5’s manoeuvrability around town, though. A turning circle of 11.7 metres is 70cm worse than the Ford Focus, and is worse than compact executive cars like the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
A 56-litre fuel tank is quite modest, but Mazda’s focus on real-world efficiency from its four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines means you’ll mange as many miles from one tank of fuel as you would in its competitors.
|Turning circle||11.7 metres|
|Fuel tank||56 litres|
In a departure from many other manufacturers, Mazda has decided not to go down the downsized turbocharged route with its petrol engines, instead using its SkyActiv technology to reduce the overall weight of the car, therefore improving efficiency. This means that even the four-wheel drive, automatic diesel model in top spec Sport Nav trim weighs in at under 1,700 kilos – quite an achievement for a car of this type.
|1,501kg (2.0 SE-L FWD)||1,686kg (2.2 Diesel Auto 4WD)|
Want to know more?
For full details on the Mazda CX-5, take a look at our full review page, where you’ll find further information, specs and images. If the CX-5 looks like the next car for you, spec one up in our car configurator or head over to the deals page to search for the best offer from Mazda’s franchised dealer network.