The CX-5’s cabin is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. It looks pretty slick and comes with lots of desirable kit as standard but doesn’t really stand out from the crowd
The Mazda CX-5 comes with plenty of kit and lots of soft-touch materials as standard. The dashboard and doors feel suitably squidgy and all models get convincing faux leather trims on the rather minimalist centre console.
Less deserving of praise is the CX-5’s rather small seven-inch infotainment screen. Its thick black plastic frame looks a little cheap and the screen itself isn’t quite as responsive as what you’ll find in a Skoda Kodiaq or Nissan Qashqai. Thankfully, you do get satellite navigation as standards on all models, but there’s no smartphone mirroring option.
Range-topping Sport Nav cars take the SE-L Nav’s well-appointed interior and add electrically adjustable heated leather seats (it’s the only model where these are available) and glossy wood-effect trims on the dashboard. You also get an upgraded Bose stereo as standard and you can choose to fit pale grey leather seats for an extra £200.
The CX-5’s cabin is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. It’s fairly roomy, looks pretty slick and comes with lots of desirable kit as standard but doesn’t really stand out from the crowd
You get a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system on every Mazda CX-5. It comes with satellite navigation and is relatively easy to read on the move, even in bright sunlight.
Unfortunately, the touchscreen is a little slow to respond and you don’t get any physical shortcut buttons to help you access key features. Thankfully, there’s a handy scroll on the centre console that makes sifting through its various menus much easier than in a Ford Kuga.
Inputting a postcode is relatively easy but you’ll have to lean forward to reach the touchscreen because it’s mounted way up on the dashboard. The maps are fairly clear and the directions are easy to follow but you don’t get a handy second screen nestled between the dials to remind you of approaching turnings like in the Skoda Kodiaq.
Unfortunately, you can’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring in the Mazda CX-5. As a result, you’ll have to use a conventional Bluetooth connection if you want to make calls or play your phone’s music through the car’s stereo.
On the subject of music, your tunes will sound especially good if you pick a Sport Nav model. They come with an upgraded Bose stereo system with 10 speakers instead of the standard car’s six.