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The best Mazda CX-5 alternatives

The Mazda CX-5 is a hidden gem in the crossover market – its sharp styling and practical interior hide a vehicle that can hold its own on the back roads with some of the better handling saloons on sale. With prices from just £23,195, it’s good value too.

These are strengths shared with most Mazdas actually but some buyers might prefer something with more focus on comfort or practicality. If you’re not won over, here’s a selection of five CX-5 alternatives thta might tickle your fancy.

If you’re not sold on any of these rivals, take a look at our Mazda CX-5 configurator to see how much carwow could help you could save off one.

Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail has undergone a huge change in its most recent incarnation – formerly a chunky but slightly dull 4×4, it’s now a fully fledged crossover and essentially a larger version of the popular Qashqai. The Qashqai itself also competes with the CX-5 but the X-Trail is more similarly sized to the Mazda and has the added benefit of seven seats as an option.

The Nissan doesn’t handle as well and its engines aren’t as powerful but, with prices from £21,995, it’s slightly cheaper and, given the popularity of its little brother, is bound to hold its value well.

Take a look at our Nissan X-Trail configurator to see how much carwow could help you save.

Ford Kuga

Before the CX-5 came along, it was the Ford Kuga that held the class title for best driving crossover. This second-generation model has had its sharp edge softened a bit but, in exchange, has grown to offer much needed space for rear passengers and luggage along with more compliance on the road. The Kuga is well equipped too and, priced from £20,995, it’s also great value for money.

There’s a comprehensive line-up of both diesel and petrol engines but most buyers plump for the 2.0-litre diesel, which returns similar fuel economy to the CX-5 at around 60mpg. Ford’s widespread dealership network means owning a Kuga is an easy experience, but it must be said that the interior quality and layout is not as good as the Mazda.

See what deals are available using our Ford Kuga configurator.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen’s recently revealed second-generation Tiguan is set to go on sale early next year, but it could prove a crossover worth waiting for. The new Tiguan should be a big hit thanks to a high-quality spacious interior, reserved-yet-handsome styling and, of course, a desirable badge on the bonnet.

Like the Kuga there’s a wide range of engine choices, all of which should be economical and with strong pulling power. We expect the Tiguan to be more expensive to buy than the CX-5, even though prices should begin at a similar £23,000 – equipment levels are unlikely to be as generous.

The new Tiguan is out next year, but check out the great deals on the last examples of the current Volkswagen Tiguan using our configurator.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mazda’s SkyActiv engines are amongst the most economical out there and fuel consumption of 61.4mpg is great in a car of this size, but what about a car that returns 156mpg? Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been a big hit in the UK since its launch in 2013 and has gone on to account for a massive percentage of plug-in hybrid vehicle sales. A recent facelift has improved the Outlander’s looks and improved the economy slightly, too. Heated seats and a heated steering wheel are also standard.

Although bigger than the CX-5, the underfloor battery means that the Outlander PHEV has less space for luggage and, despite being eligible for a £5,000 government grant, prices for the PHEV begin at a rather high £29,249 – not far off the price of top-spec CX-5s. For business users, however, the savings the Mitsubishi offers warrant serious consideration.

Check out our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV configurator to see how much carwow can bring those prices down.

Audi Q3

Who knew you could get an Audi for the price of a Mazda? The Q3 is one of the most desirable small crossovers out there and, although smaller than the CX5, the Q3 is spacious enough to satisfy most families and offers more brand image than mainstream rivals can ever hope to match.

It’s not all about the badge with the Audi though – even the base Q3 is pretty well equipped and, costing from £25,650, it’s pretty good value, even once you’ve added on a few creature comforts. Plus residuals are superb and fuel consumption impressive, too.

Our Audi Q3 configurator page can help you save thousands so check it out and see what deals are available at the moment.

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