Mazda’s all-new CX-5 crossover has added the What Car? Green SUV 2012 title to its trophy cabinet.
“The Mazda CX-5 offers an extraordinary amount of car for the price,” said What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett at the awards ceremony held at The Imagination Gallery in London yesterday (Wednesday 19 September).
“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.”
The What Car? Green Awards are decided by the magazine’s editorial team, who described the SUV’s 2.2-litre 148bhp SKYACTIV-D diesel engine as its “stand-out feature delivering strong performance and exceptional economy.”
“The CX-5 averaged 47.2mpg in our True MPG tests, which is better than similarly priced rivals such as the Audi Q3 or the ever-popular?Land Rover Freelander.?The low official CO2 figure also keeps down your tax liability. If you’re a 40 percent taxpayer you can expect to pay an encouragingly low £142 per month in company car tax,” What Car? reported.
Runners-up to the Mazda CX-5 2.2 SKYACTIV-D 150ps SE-L were the BMW X3 xDrive20d SE (True MPG 42.2) and Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta 2WD (True MPG 45.9).