Mazda CX-5 crossover, the small and compact family SUV produced by Mazda features KODO Soul of Motion Design language. It is also the company’s first vehicle with Skyactiv technology. It was first unveiled at the September 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It has now received a Green SUV 2012 title by What Car? at a special ceremony held at The Imagination Gallery in London of 19th of September 2012.
Features that cause an instant appeal are its high level of fuel economy, low emission, extensive internal space and a host of standard equipment. What Car? Green awards was awarded to the Mazda VX-5 by the magazine’s editorial team who found that the vehicle’s outstanding features coupled with enhanced performance and high level of economy made it stand out in the competition.
The SUV possesses a 2.2 liter 150 PS SKYACTIVE D diesel engine. It averages 47.2 mpg and its competitive prices ensure that it competes well with Audi Q3 and the Land Rover Freelander.
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Mazda CX-5 wins top SUV in What Car? Green Awards in the UK
Leverkusen, 25 September 2012. Mazda’s all-new CX-5 crossover has added the What Car? Green SUV 2012 title to its trophy cabinet. “The Mazda CX-5 offers an extraordinary amount of car for the price,” said What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett at the awards ceremony held at The Imagination Gallery in London on 19 September 2012. “As well as great fuel economy and low emissions, it has loads of standard equipment, plenty of passenger space and an elevated seating position. The flexible seating can also be folded flat in a second for easy loading.”
The What Car? Green Awards are decided by the magazine’s editorial team, who described the SUV’s 2.2-litre 150 PS SKYACTIV-D diesel engine as its “stand-out feature delivering strong performance and exceptional economy.”
“The CX-5 averaged 47.2 mpg (4.9 litres per 100 km) in our true miles per gallon (mpg) tests, which is better than similarly priced rivals such as the Audi Q3 or the ever-popular?Land Rover Freelander.?The low official CO2 figure also keeps down your tax liability. If you’re a 40 percent taxpayer you can expect to pay an encouragingly low £142 per month in company car tax in the UK,” What Car? reported.
Runners-up to the Mazda CX-5 2.2 SKYACTIV-D 150 PS SE-L were the BMW X3 xDrive20d SE (true mpg of 42.2, or 5.6 litres per 100 km) and Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta 2WD (true mpg of 45.9 or 5.1 litres per 100 km).
Last month, the Mazda CX-5 won the best design award in its segment, as chosen by 200,000 readers of Auto Bild across 15 countries in Europe. The Mazda CX-5 took 17.8 percent of reader votes to beat the Audi A6 Allroad (10.8 percent) and Audi Q3 (9.9 percent).
In June, the Mazda CX-5 was crowned ‘Best Crossover’ in the 2012 Auto Express New Car Awards for its “…space, quality and style with a great drive and incredible efficiency,” commented Auto Express editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler.