Mazda's all-new CX-5 compact SUV was named the Best Crossover for 2012 last month at the annual Auto Express New Car Awards.
The CX-5 beat off competition from the Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Skoda Yeti and VW Tiguan to take the honour, with the magazine's judging panel scrutinizing each car's driving attributes, interior quality, running costs and purchase price.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: "The CX-5 has set a new benchmark for crossovers combining space, quality and style with a great drive and incredible efficiency.
"It is rare that you can get all that in one affordable package that won't cost the earth to run - this is a car that can make you smile and keep you smiling."
"Mazda is proud to have a high profile publication, such as Auto Express, confirm that our latest product, with its truly innovative SkyActiv technology, is the very best vehicle in its class," added Peter Allibon, Sales Director at Mazda UK.
"Thanks to its fuel economy, solid environmental credentials, typically Mazda fun-to-drive performance, high specification, attractive pricing, unusually low running costs for its class and excellent residuals, the Mazda CX-5 will offer customers a rewarding drive, excellent value and a remarkably compelling ownership proposition. This car is going to make a lot of customer's shortlists, as it possesses all the key attributes today's consumer is looking for."
The 18-strong line-up of Mazda CX-5 models is priced from £21,395 to £28,795 (OTR). Customers have a choice of one petrol and one diesel engine (with two power outputs), four trim levels (SE-L, SE-L NAV, Sport and Sport NAV), six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and 2-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) - depending on model.
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