Mazda CX-5 named Best Winter Car

The Mazda CX-5 crossover has added yet another accolade to its trophy cabinet after being named the Best Winter Car at the Carbuyer Best Car Awards.

Aiming to reflect what buyers look for most in a new car, the fourth annual Best Car Awards ceremony recognised the four-wheel drive CX-5’s grip in wintry conditions, along with its excellent efficiency.

Stuart Milne, Carbuyer editor, said: “The Mazda CX-5 offers all you could want in a car for winter, but its excellent fuel economy, handsome design and fun-to-drive persona means it also has year-round appeal.”

Impressive SKYACTIV technology

Judges at the awards were also significantly impressed with the Mazda CX-5’s award-winning range of SKYACTIV technology, with its focus on lightweight efficiency without scrimping performance.

With advanced engine, chassis and transmission engineering, the CX-5 delivers outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions for a car its size, along with excellent performance and on-road dynamics.

Each CX-5 is powered by a choice of SKYACTIV-D diesel engines, linked to either a manual or automatic gearbox. Available in 148bhp or 172bhp outputs, the CX-5 emits as little as 136g/km of CO2.

Alongside that, each new CX-5 features i-stop, Mazda’s intelligent start-stop system which cuts off the engine while the car is stationary to save fuel that would otherwise be spent when the car’s idling.

Peter Allibon, Mazda UK’s sales director, said: “No other vehicle in the Mazda range demonstrates the value of SKYACTIV technology more clearly than the Mazda CX-5.

“It has allowed the company to build a Compact SUV that delivers outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions without compromising either performance or driving dynamics.”

“And now, for 2015,” he added, “significant enhancements and standard equipment upgrades make the Mazda CX-5 more price-competitive than ever before.”

New CX-5 on sale next month

The newest version of the CX-5, which has been facelifted and updated for the new year, is due to go on sale from April 1st and features a significant range of exterior enhancements and kit upgrades.

Standard specification has now been boosted to include a height-adjustable passenger seat, electronic parking brake and Mazda’s Multimedia Commander for safe and intuitive infotainment control.

DAB digital radio and the MZD Connect infotainment system is now supported on a new seven-inch colour touchscreen, while range-topping Sport Nav models now get new alloy wheels and LED lights.

Available to order now, the new Mazda CX-5 is currently priced between just £22,295 and £30,595 for the top-of-the-range Sport Nav CX-5.