2. MAZDA CX-5 GT AWD

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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.

Price: $47,090

Eng/trans: 2.2L tur­bod­iesel/six-speed auto

Power/torque: 129kW/420Nm

Tow­ing max braked/Tongue max: 1800kg/150kg

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