The new CX-5 crossover from Mazda has been named the What Car? Green SUV for 2012.
At the awards ceremony held at The Imagination Gallery in London, What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett championed:
“The Mazda CX-5 offers an extraordinary amount of car for the price. 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 What Car? editorial team. The panel described the SUV’s 2.2-litre 150 PS SKYACTIV-D diesel engine as its stand-out feature delivering strong performance and exceptional economy before adding:
“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 per cent taxpayer you can expect to pay an encouragingly low £142 per month in company car tax in the UK.”
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 European countries. The Mazda CX-5 beat the Audi A6 Allroad and Audi Q3.
The CX-5 also won ‘Best Crossover’ in June’s 2012 Auto Express New Car Awards. Runners-up were the BMW X3 xDrive20d SE and Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta 2WD.