Review: Mazda CX-5 v Ford Kuga v Skoda Kodiaq

Can a revised Mazda take behind a immeasurable SUV climax from some critical competition?

If we need a immeasurable SUV afterwards we have some immeasurable choices to make. If we wanted a immeasurable SUV that was also unequivocally good value afterwards a Mazda CX-5 kept a choice list sincerely short, until a Skoda Kodiaq came along and upped a game. Mazda has upped a diversion too in response, yet Ford has also revised a Kuga, so a diversion is afoot.

To keep things as equal as possible, we’ve left for all 3 with 148bhp diesel engines on board, a incomparable one being in a Mazda by 200cc. We haven’t left for a discretionary four-wheel expostulate variants yet have kept it elementary with front-wheel expostulate opposite a trio. All’s fair.

Driving

Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 Sport Nav

Price: £28,695
Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
Power: 148bhp
Torque: 280lb ft
0-60mph: 9.3sec
Top speed: 127mph
Economy: 56.5mpg
CO2 emissions: 132g/km

Although they furnish a same power, a ways it comes by does differ. If we weren’t concentrating we could consider that a diesel in a CX-5 was indeed a turbocharged petrol, such is a zeal to trounce out a revs opposite a range. It has a many wider operative operation than a Kuga, nonetheless with both carrying a primer delivery it’s a Ford that has a sweeter gearchange.

The Skoda gets automobile gearshifting as standard, and it’s a sharp user on a whole. Very low speeds can be a bit rougher for a gearbox, yet generally it’s well-spoken and helps a Skoda lift good opposite a range.

Ford has a repute as a association creation good-handling cars and it’s loyal that a Kuga leans a top-heavy self reduction by a corners than a other two, yet that comes during a responsibility of a bold steering that doesn’t provoke confidence. The Kodiaq does gaunt some-more yet it feels some-more fast and reduction nervous. But it’s a CX-5 that handles a best, relating that roughly petrol-like engine performance.

That tranquil doing does meant a float that’s a hold firm, nonetheless a Ford will give we some-more of a kicking over a severe road. The Skoda leads a contingent in display how to broach a float that is gentle and controlled, either around city or out on a motorway.

Interior

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 SE DSG

Price: £27,115
Engine: 2.0-litre diesel
Power: 148bhp
Torque: 251lb/ft
0-60mph: 9.2sec
Top speed: 123mph
Economy: 56.5mpg
CO2 emissions: 131g/km

Many buy an SUV since they wish that high and autocratic pushing position. Sadly we don’t unequivocally get it in a lower-slung Ford, that is simply beaten by a CX-5, that has a best seating and observation height for a motorist – aided serve by a customary reversing camera.

The aged Mazda had a faintly naff cabin and so a CX-5 shows some noted improvements. It’s many classier as a outcome of a vital makeover, leaping forward of a some-more cut-price feeling in a Ford. The Skoda beats both, simply in terms of a Ford, by a bit over a Mazda.

Skoda also plays another of a trump cards, with a vast volume of space for people and their luggage. In a behind utterly we feel unequivocally utterly spoiled, helped by a behind chair that can pierce to and fro, sitting in front of a immeasurable area for luggage. The Mazda isn’t that distant behind for space, yet both are good forward of a Ford, that doesn’t seem to utilize a space as good as a others.

The Skoda looks good in terms of equipment, yet we usually get a 6.5-inch infotainment shade that doesn’t embody sat nav unless we feel like profitable another £775 for a unequivocally frail 8-inch screen. The Mazda has a 7-inch shade as standard, and we can control it by a rotary dial that is a immeasurable plus. It’s also good in a line of steer so we don’t have to take your eyes distant off a road. The 8-inch shade in a Ford Kuga looks improved in speculation yet in existence it seems a bit low-res and not wholly logical.

Costs

Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi 150 ST Line

Price: £28,745
Engine: 2.0-litre diesel
Power: 148bhp
Torque: 273lb/ft
0-60mph: 9.4sec
Top speed: 121mph
Gov’t fuel economy: 60.1mpg
CO2 emissions: 122g/km

We’ve tested a Kodiaq in comparatively simple SE trim since if we pierce adult a trims we afterwards get a full 7 seats and a cost bangs over a £30,000 mark. With a others in some-more abundant trim they can indeed undercut a Skoda with a bit of haggling. That complicated discounting will meant complicated debasement for a Ford Kuga, since a Mazda CX-5 will indeed infer a cheapest to buy and to run over 3 years. The Kuga comes behind with cheaper PCP deals if that’s how we are profitable though.

The Mazda would be a many costly as a association car, yet it comes entirely brimful in this trim with all a toys we could want, approach some-more than a Ford or a Skoda.

Verdict

When we kid adult a scores we find a Ford Kuga in third place and by a domain too. It only doesn’t feel like value for income like this, not during all, nonetheless a cheaper one – prices start from only underneath £22,000 – competence make some sense. The other dual are many some-more uniformly matched.

In many ways a Skoda Kodiaq is a best car here, classy, spacious, excellent doing and riding, and maybe charity decent value for money. But if we wish some-more pack we have to compensate too many for it in a opinion, that is a shame.

Which means a Mazda CX-5, that comes brimful with kit, takes a win. Mazda has done unequivocally decent advances in critical areas like cabin and pushing enjoyment. The fact that it’s a cheapest to buy and run is only gravy. We’d like a improved float – and maybe a indication with smaller wheels would assistance that – yet differently this is a transparent leader if we and your family are after a good-value, immeasurable SUV.

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