17. MAZDA CX-5
THE second-generation CX-5 sticks to the impressive formula set out by the Mk1, but improves on it in every area. There’s greater efficiency, added space inside and more engaging handling, thanks to revised chassis tech.
What hasn’t changed is Mazda’s ‘right-sized’ engine options, so you get a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel in two power outputs. Only the diesels that can be had with 4WD, and the 148bhp version offers a good mix of performance and economy. Eye-catching looks and a driver-focused interior match the experience behind the wheel, while the cabin has a high-quality look and feel, with good materials. Price range: £23,695-£33,195 Our pick: 2.2D SE-L Nav (£27,695) Engine: 2.2-litre 4cyl diesel, 148bhp Transmission: 6-spd man, permanent 4WD Top speed: 124mph Economy: 52.3mpg CO2: 142g/km