Our Mazda CX-5 was one of the first in the country, and Mazda rushed to get us the car in time. We’re very glad they did.

It’s a pleasure to tow with. High-speed stability is a match for any car in this class. In the lane-change test the caravan moved around a lot, but it didn’t pull the Mazda off line.

What really separates the CX-5 from its rivals is the engine. With 309lb.ft of torque, it pulls car and caravan from 30-60mph in just 12.5 seconds. However, the handbrake needed a very firm pull on the 1-in-6 test hill. Leave the van behind and the CX-5 is agile and good fun, though the ride is on the firm side.

For a mid-sized 4×4, it boasts a cabin that is roomy, and the boot coped with all our luggage. However, Mazda told us none of the available puncture repair provisions are suitable for use when towing. Further marks were lost by the absence of a trailer stability program.

Other cars in this category

Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium


Hyundai i40 Tourer

1.7 CRDi (136PS) Blue Drive Premium


Mazda CX-5

2.2D Sport AWD


Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi n-tec+


Renault Grand Scenic

dCi 130 Stop & Start Dynamique Tom Tom


Toyota Avensis

2.0 D-4D TR


Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

2.0 CDTi 16v (165PS) Start/Stop SE

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