Mazda CX-5 impresses at UK fleet launch

The crossover SUV, which uses lightweight materials, efficient engines and new transmissions to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, was tested by UK fleets at Rockingham, Northamptonshire, to mark its on sale debut.

In front of fleet operators such as vacuum cleaner expert Dyson and a number of leasing companies, the new Mazda CX-5 impressed.

The five-seat crossover, which comes in two- or four-wheel drive and with a choice of four trim levels, was described as ‘unique’ by one fleet manager thanks to its engine options.

These include a 2.0-litre petrol engine developing 165PS and returning 47.1mpg. CO2 emissions from the petrol model are just 139g/km because it uses Mazda’s new ‘Skyactiv’ build philosophy. The petrol engine is available in two-wheel drive models only.

Diesel engine options include a 2.2-litre diesel offering 150PS or 175PS outputs. Available on both two- or four-wheel drive and the best-performing units return 61.4mpg and 119g/km of CO2 emissions.

Malcolm Hird, National Field Services Manager and in charge of the 232-strong fleet at Dyson said: “Today’s company car drivers are looking for a vehicle that has load-carrying capability but is not too large, is practical and stylish. They are also conscious of their benefit-in-kind tax bill and fuel costs and the CX-5 delivers.”

The Mazda CX-5, which starts from £21,395, comes with an impressive list of standard equipment including 17″ alloy wheels, front fog lights and privacy glass.

Inside, entry-level SE-L models include dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility.

Extras such as leather seats, reverse camera, satellite navigation and larger, 19″ alloy wheels are included on higher specification models.

The new Mazda CX-5 is on sale now from Perrys Mazda dealerships.