17. MAZDA CX-5

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

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

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