Mid-size SUV Test: Mazda CX-5 vs Ford Escape vs VW Tiguan

THE justification is there on each street. Compact SUVs have spin a elite means of carrying kids and load – and new arrivals usually keep coming.   

Mazda has usually brought out a new indication of a CX-5, Australia’s tip offered SUV for a past 4 years.   

Ford has facelifted a Kuga and renamed it with a tellurian Escape badge.  

We’re using them opposite a award-winning Volkswagen Tiguan.  

Ford Escape

Ford Escape

 

This is Ford’s third try in 5 years during enormous a compress SUV segment.  

There are some-more variants, from $34,000 drive-away to $53,535 drive-away.  

We have a Trend 1.5 front-driver, a center of a range, that is $39,050 drive-away as tested (including a $1300 reserve container and $550 for lead paint).  

The new name also brings a new nose and engine, and an considerable list of modernized – yet discretionary – reserve tech. Standard are 7 airbags, behind camera (with running lines that turn) and behind sensors.  

The reserve container adds involuntary puncture braking (which now works from 50km/h rather than 30kmh), radar journey control, line gripping assistance, behind cranky trade warning and blind mark warning. These options take a Trend from a slightest versed to a best among this trio.  

Update equipment also embody Apple Car Play and Android Auto, built-in navigation with trade alerts and digital radio joins AM/FM.  

The Trend comes with push-button start, electronic park brake, journey control (with speed limiter), automobile headlights, rain-sensing wipers and remoteness glass, among other mod-cons.   

A energy tailgate adds $1200.  

The cabin is simple yet practical; a others have a some-more up-market coming yet reduction tech.  

Deft touches: digital speed display, twin section aircon, dual USB ports, a 12V hollow and 4 map lights – and a light and 12V hollow in a load area, that expands from 406L to 1603L.  

The behind chair splits 60-40. The chair behind angle can be practiced yet a bottom doesn’t slip forward. As with a others, there are dual Isofix child chair anchor points and 3 tip fasten mounts.  

The 1.5 turbo petrol engine replaces a 1.6 turbo that was removed a fortnight ago following a spate of fires, including 7 in Australia.   It’s an careful engine with copiousness of oomph – and costs about half as many to use as a others. As with many complicated engines, it final reward unleaded.  

These aren’t ostensible to be foe cars yet we checked their 0-100kmh times as an indicator of how they’ll transport a family in a daily grind.  

The Escape – somewhat faster than a VW Tiguan and one second quicker to a speed extent than a Mazda CX-5 – handles corners confidently, yet a cessation can get a bit busier than a others over bumps. At times, a steering feels too pointy for a distance and weight of a car.  

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

Mazda expands a operation to 4 indication grades – from $34,500 drive-away to $54,700 drive-away.  

We have a Maxx Sport (the second indication up) 2.0 petrol front-drive during $38,400 drive-away.  

Mazda loads a new indication with a many customary reserve container of a trio, including involuntary puncture braking (front and rear), behind cranky trade warning and blind section warning. This is in further to 6 airbags, a behind perspective camera and behind sensors.  

Apple Car Play and Android Auto are still not accessible yet built-in navigation is customary on this grade. The tablet-style arrangement in a lurch looks grand yet is not a touchscreen.  

The cabin has an up-market feel yet a doorway pockets are smaller than a others, there’s no digital speed display, and a running lines on a behind camera don’t turn.  

The driver’s side counterpart is not convex, so it’s tough to see trade in a adjacent lane. I’d cite a wider perspective rather than rest on a tiny warning light in a dilemma of a mirror.  

Unique among this trio, a behind chair splits 40-20-40 and can be forsaken around a push in a load area. The chair behind angle can be practiced yet a bottom does not slip forward. Cargo ability is 442L/1342L.  

On a pierce a Mazda is quieter than before – finally muting a highway sound on customary with rivals.  

Performance from a non-turbo 2.0 is identical to these peers. Helpfully, it takes unchanging unleaded.   

A downside: a CX-5 is a beloved of this contingent to service.  

The new CX-5 steers well, with a plush and roughly cushy ride, rather than a razor-sharp feeling of a predecessor.  

VW Tiguan

VW Tiguan

Despite a reward price, a Tiguan is offered during twice a rate of a Escape and Honda CR-V and is shutting a opening on a Subaru Forester.  

The operation stretches from $39,100 drive-away to $54,580 drive-away. We tested a 110TSI Trendline DSG front-drive, during $39,900 drive-away including $700 for lead paint.  

Standard transport includes involuntary puncture braking, behind camera with running lines that turn, front and behind parking sensors, vast touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto yet not built-in navigation.  

Radar journey control and line gripping assistance (optional on all Escapes and customary on a tip category CX-5) are not accessible as an choice on this grade.  

The Tiguan has a many atmospheric cabin and a biggest storage pockets. As with a others it has behind atmosphere vents. Unlike a others, it has singular section aircon.  

The Tiguan is a usually one among this contingent with a shifting behind chair – to emanate a incomparable load area (from 615L to 1665L with a seats down) as good as chair behind angle adjustment.  

Its 1.4 turbo, a smallest of a three, does a job, despite on reward unleaded.  

The twin purchase involuntary gearbox takes half a second or so to rivet yet we shortly learn to adjust your pushing character and recover a stop pedal a small sooner.  

Its biggest item is a approach it drives. The Tiguan has a many accurate steering and doing feel, and nonetheless it’s also a many gentle over bumps. That’s a delightful double act.  

Verdict

Escape vs CX-5 vs Tiguan

The Escape, yet some-more constrained than previously, doesn’t expostulate utterly as good as a others and isn’t as good presented inside. If a discretionary reserve container were propitious standard, it would have aced this test.  

Still a category act, a Tiguan is a best here for space, comfort, practicality and pushing feel. But a foe has held adult with some-more customary facilities for a money.  

With a considerable list of customary reserve gear, up-market interior and larger refinement, a CX-5 Maxx Sport wins this round. Undercutting a others on cost is a bonus.  

The contenders’ critical statistics

Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport

CARSGUIDE – 3 automobile comparison. Ford Escape, Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5. Picture: Supplied

PRICE: $38,400 drive-away (as tested)  

WARRANTY: 3 years/ total km  

CAPPED SERVICING: $1405 over 3 years  

SERVICE INTERVAL: 12 months/10,000km  

SAFETY: 5 stars, 6 airbags  

ENGINE: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, 114kW/200Nm  

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed auto; FWD  

THIRST: 6.9L/100km  

DIMENSIONS: 4550mm (L), 1840mm (W), 1675mm (H), 2700mm (WB)  

WEIGHT: 1556kg  

SPARE: Space-saver  

TOWING: 1800kg  

VW Tiguan Trendline

CARSGUIDE – 3 automobile comparison. Ford Escape, Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5. Picture: Supplied

PRICE: $39,900 drive-away (as tested)  

WARRANTY: 3 years/ total km  

CAPPED SERVICING: $1336 over 3 years  

SERVICE INTERVAL: 12 months/15,000km  

SAFETY: 5 stars, 7 airbags  

ENGINE: 1.4-litre 4-cyliner turbo, 110kW/250Nm  

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed DSG; FWD  

THIRST: 6.3L/100km  

DIMENSIONS: 4486mm (L), 1839mm (W), 1648mm (H), 2681mm (WB)  

WEIGHT: 1450kg  

SPARE: Space-saver  

TOWING: 1800kg  

Ford Escape Trend

The 2017 Ford Escape.

PRICE: $39,050 drive-away (as tested)  

WARRANTY: 3 years/ 100,000km  

CAPPED SERVICING: $780 over 3 years  

SERVICE INTERVAL: 12 months/15,000km  

SAFETY: 5 stars, 7 airbags  

ENGINE: 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbo, 134kW/240Nm  

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed auto; FWD  

THIRST: 7.2L/100km  

DIMENSIONS: 4524mm (L), 1838mm (W), 1749mm (H), 2690mm (WB)  

WEIGHT: 1607kg  

SPARE: Space-saver  

TOWING: 1500kg    

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