The Mazda CX-5 has always been a well-loved car with our family audience and it is easy to see why. This five-seater SUV is a great all-rounder that does everything well, and although the 2022 Mazda CX-5 Touring tested here is getting towards the end of its life before it is due a major update it doesn't feel it and still sits very favourably alongside its competitors. Let's see why in our BabyDrive testing…
The exterior still looks modern and fresh and the interior cabin is a modern, minimal and memorable place to be.
When it comes to installing child seats in the back of the Mazda CX-5 there are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three, that are easily accessible through the boot.
My favourite thoughtful feature of the Mazda CX-5 is the retractable roller blind because it has flaps on the back it that fill the gap between it and the seat backs, which allows you to easily pass the top tether straps through to the boot. The blind also attaches to the inside of the boot and goes up with the tailgate when it opens, keeping it well out of the way so it doesn't get damaged. I wish all cargo blinds were like this!
Now back to the child seats! The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a versatile five-seater SUV and you can fit three Infasecure child seats across the back row! Now you do need to pick your child seats carefully and check they fit first but we could fit the Infasecure Attain More, Achieve More and Aspire More across the rear seats.
Legroom in the Mazda CX-5 is something I am asked about A LOT! So with our three Infasecure child seats installed, we could fit a 180cm passenger in front of a rear-facing Attain More and a 176cm driver in front of a rear-facing Infasecure Attain More child seat. To learn more about the child seats used in this review, just click on the link here.
Storage is good throughout the 2022 Mazda CX-5. In the back, a fold-down armrest in the central seatback includes a good lidded storage area with USB sockets as well as two cup holders. There are also practical-sized map pockets and door bins that will each hold a refillable water bottle. There are also air vents in the back of the central console box so the rear passengers can be kept comfortable too while driving.
In the front things are equally good, with two cup holders in the central console for your takeaway coffee and a good size central console box.
It's great to see there is still a lined glasses case in the ceiling, something that has been gotten rid of in most modern cars and replaced by all the safety gear but leaving you nowhere to store your sunnies!
The glovebox has a generous storage space and the door bins in the front will hold a refillable water bottle as well as room for an iPad.
Boot space in the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is good for a medium SUV. It fits fourteen shopping bags, when empty, which is comparable to the Hyundai Tucson which also holds fourteen shopping bags, the Toyota RAV4 which holds fifteen and the Kia Sportage which holds sixteen shopping bags.
The boot area is nice and flat and carpeted so it's good for an emergency nappy change, or remove the cargo blind and you can carry a small or medium-size family dog.
The media system in the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a little out of date now but still super easy to use and navigate. You can use the touchscreen while stationary but while driving it can only be controlled with the rotary dial down in the central console.
It does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easier to use your phone's navigation, messaging and listening apps while driving although it isn't as easy to use with the Mazda's rotary controller as you get with a regular touchscreen.
The reversing camera is good enough but the image is not quite as sharp as more modern systems and you do get a slight intrusion of the CX-5's bodywork around the top of the view.
You can easily turn the parking sensors off with a button by the driver's knee.
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a great mid-sized five-seater SUV to drive and although it is a little bit ‘revvy' when accelerating up hills it's just a get-in-and-go car that does everything well. It doesn't feel like too much has changed in this 2022 CX-5 model since I first reviewed one in 2018 but it's still a great option for families looking for a practical and stylish five-seater SUV.
The Mazda CX-5 scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017. It has six airbags as standard dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags as standard.