Mazda’s brilliant new CX-5 model has added to its growing list of critical successes by picking up the What Car? Green SUV 2012 prize.
The awards are decided by the publication’s vastly experienced editorial team and they were clearly impressed with the CX-5, describing the 2.2-litre 148bhp SKYACTIV-D diesel engine as the car’s main selling point as it has managed to deliver great performance, while producing exceptional economy.
What Car? tested the engine and found that it had a real-word mpg figure of 47.2, which was better than all its rivals, while its low official CO2 emissions figure helps keep down tax payments.
“As well as great fuel economy and low emissions, it has loads of standard equipment, plenty of passenger space and an elevated seating position. The flexible seating can also be folded flat in a second for easy loading,” said What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallet.
This latest award follows on from a prize-winning September when the car was deemed to have the best design in its sector by the readers of Auto Bild, which polled 200,000 people across Europe.
While in June, the Mazda CX-5 was named Best Crossover in the 2012 Auto Express New Car Awards, with editor-in-chief Steve Fowler stating it had “space, quality and style with a great drive and incredible efficiency”.
Not surprisingly, all this award-wining design comes at a cost.
The 18-model-strong range of Mazda CX-5s is priced from £21,395 to £28,995, yet much of this outlay could be mitigated by contract hire.
For example, the Mazda Cx-5 Diesel Estate 2.2d SE-L five-door automatic version is available on a car leasing scheme from £320 a month.
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