2. MAZDA CX-5 GT AWD
The AWD-only CX-5 GT can be found with a
2.5L petrol engine but we’ve nominated the 129kW/420Nm 2.2L turbodiesel.
The 2.2L engine is smooth and happy to rev but is pretty noisy when doing so. You don’t need to rev the Mazda to get hold of its fantastic 420Nm of torque though, and it’s here where the CX-5 beats all comers as an easy, relaxed tow tug.
The SKYACTIV-Drive six-speeder is also a crisp-changing auto and teams well with the diesel engine.
The GT rides firmly and has responsive and well-weighted steering – not a given in the SUV segment.
The interior is getting a bit dated but there’s plenty of occupant space. At 403L, the boot is on the small side and, unfortunately, there’s only a space-saver spare tyre.
The CX-5’s nimble dimensions make it easy to park in the city and its short overhang and long wheelbase are good pointers to a stable towing platform.
The CX-5 might not be the latest SUV – a new, second-generation model is due later this year (April, in fact) – but it’s got all the makings of a strong towing performer.
Eng/trans: 2.2L turbodiesel/six-speed auto
Towing max braked/Tongue max: 1800kg/150kg