The new Mazda CX-5 has been voted the best car in its weight category to tow with by the experts at this year’s Tow Car Awards.
Run by a panel of judges from Practical Caravan Magazine, What Car? and the Camping and Caravanning Club, the awards set out to determine which cars are the best to tow loads.
Selected from a total of 37 cars, the CX-5 was rated as the best car in its class for everyday driving ability, low running costs and future resale value, as well as its practical and desirable features.
Low cost, practical and desirable
In order to assess the vehicles, the team of award judges put each through a series of gruelling challenges, including pulling a caravan weighed down to 85 per cent of its maximum weight.
The judges also measured things like stopping distances, how easy it is to start on a hill and stability at speed and around awkward, twisty bends and B-roads to examine agility and responsiveness.
David Motton, Practical Caravan Magazine tow car editor, said: “A mid-life update has made the Mazda CX-5 into a really superb tow car.
“It was already a stable tow car, but now it’s even better. Even crosswinds don’t seem to upset the Mazda CX-5, and better still, our practicality judges were just as impressed as the drivers.”
“Now it’s even better”
The latest version of the Mazda CX-5 also comes with a range of significant trim and equipment upgrades, along with new exterior enhancements to further increase desirability for buyers.
Standard equipment across every model in the range has been enhance with the addition of electronic parking brakes and Mazda’s latest MZD Connect infotainment system.
Operated via a sleek and intuitive rotary dial, the MZD Connect system is displayed on a seven-inch colour touchscreen and incorporates functions like internet connectivity and DAB radio.
Range-topping Sport Nav models also benefit from a range of new exterior features like 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and integrated satellite navigation functions with three years of free map updates.
Advanced four-wheel drive system
The Mazda CX-5 is also available with an advanced four-wheel drive system, which include a variable torque feature to automatically distribute power and grip to the wheels that need it most.
As well as boosting towing capability, this feature also makes the CX-5 incredibly able in off-road situations and in wintry or otherwise adverse conditions.
The new Mazda CX-5 is available to buy from Perrys Mazda dealerships now, with prices starting from only £22,295 for the entry-level SE-L trim.