• Mazda’s first ever compact crossover
• Class leading CO2 emissions
• Available in two or four-wheel-drive

The Mazda CX-5 compact crossover will start at £21,395 when it goes on sale on May 18.

The range, which comprises of 18 separate models, stops at £28,795. We’ve driven a selection of diesel and petrol versions and scored the CX-5 4.2 out of 5 in our expert review.

There are two brand new engines to choose from: a 2.0-litre petrol unit which develops 163bhp, and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with a choice of either 148 or 173bhp.

A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission available as an option on diesel models. The CX-5 can be ordered in both two and four-wheel-drive guises.

Opt for the least powerful diesel model in two-wheel-drive configuration, and you’ll enjoy class leading CO2 emissions of 119g/km and combined fuel consumption of 61.4mpg. Even the most polluting model, the four-wheel drive, automatic diesel, emits just 144g/km, meaning road tax at £135 per annum.

Mazda claims the low emissions and fuel consumption is in part down to its latest SKYACTIV technology. It focusses on three key aspects of the car to gain maximum efficiency: lightweight chassis technology, advanced engines with extreme compression ratios and efficient manual and automatic transmissions.

“SKYACTIV technology delivers class-leading CO2 emissions and outstanding fuel consumption without compromising the driving dynamics or price competiveness, unlike many other brands with eco sub brands,” said Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.

There are four trim levels to choose from: SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav. Standard equipment on the entry level SE-L includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Mazda’s Multimedia Commander with a 5.8-inch colour display.

Sport models gain 19-inch alloys, Bi-Xenon headlights, a reversing camera and an upgraded Bose audio system. As the name suggests, Nav trim adds sat-nav  to each specification.

Every model is also equipped with Smart City Brake Support as standard, which is Mazda’s name for accident mitigation technology, an increasingly common device on new cars that helps to prevent low speed collisions.

By Daljinder Nagra

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