Top marks for a best-selling compact SUV: The Mazda CX-5 passed the 100,000-kilometre endurance test conducted by “AUTO BILD” magazine with flying colours. Mazda’s highly successful model not only convinced the jury in terms of day-to-day use. With no notable defects and impeccable workshop performance, the compact SUV also earned one of the best marks ever awarded in an endurance test.
The editors of “AUTO BILD” had already attested to the excellent long-term qualities of the predecessor model in the 2015 endurance test. But because of a workshop blunder, the car scored an A- at the time. The new CX-5 exhibits no flaws at all, earning it a straight A and fourth place in the all-time rankings – a list that includes 68 vehicles.
During everyday use, the Mazda CX-5 impressed the editorial team with its spaciousness, offering ample room for the family or photographic equipment, as well as a high level of motoring comfort and a refined powertrain. Particularly highly praised was the smooth interaction of the Skyactiv D 184 diesel engine with the six-speed automatic transmission (NEDC consumption 5.5 l/100 km; CO2: 145 g/km).
The Mazda compact SUV also displayed no technological shortcomings during the test period, neither breaking down nor stalling, and there were no defects or unscheduled workshop visits. And even when the CX-5 was stripped down to its individual parts under expert supervision, the judges did not find any notable defects. Neither the 2.2-litre diesel engine nor the chassis or interior seemed particularly fazed by the 100,000 kilometres – which, in turn, left the trade journal’s experts very impressed.
This excellent performance in the endurance test is further proof of the Mazda CX-5’s strong reliability and long-term quality. In model year 2021, the second generation of the successful SUV has been further optimised, with an upgraded interior, expanded equipment and even more refined powertrains. In addition to the premium diesel Skyactiv D 184, Mazda offers the CX-5 in another diesel variant as well as in two petrol versions. Each comes with manual or automatic transmission and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.