Mazda CX-5 appears on best new car interior list

Chosen ahead of several luxury and premium cars launched in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 has been voted one of the top ten best car interiors.

Judges for the awards said: “Mazda enters the compact SUV market with the CX-5, and WardsAuto editors embrace its restrained, straightforward interior approach to a segment that, for many buyers, takes the place of a minivan as the utilitarian vehicle of choice for young families.”

In particular, the CX-5’s seats were praised for being easy to fold and designed to stay cooler on hot summer days.

Editors also described the interior as having an ‘upscale feel’ thanks to bright metallic trim and brushed metallic highlights on the instrument panel.

The new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV is available to order now in the UK from £21,395 and comes with a choice of four trim levels with each offering an increased amount of interior equipment.

All Mazda CX-5 models come with 17″ alloy wheels, front fog lights, climate control and front and rear parking sensors in SE-L trim. SE-L Nav adds satellite navigation and the two top trim levels, Sport and Sport Nav, add extra equipment and styling upgrades.

Available in two- and four-wheel drive variations and with a choice of new 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel ‘SKYACTIV’ engines designed to reduce CO2 emissions to as low as 119g/km on the diesel, the Mazda CX-5 will arrive in Mazda UK dealerships next month.

Elsewhere in the best car interior awards, the compact Range Rover Evoque SUV was an unsurprising entry into the top ten.

Judges said: “Being both luxurious and rugged would seem to be extremely difficult, but Land Rover makes it look easy with the new Range Rover Evoque.”

The new Range Rover Evoque is on sale now from £29,000 at Land Rover dealerships.