• 2017 Mazda CX-5 vs BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Lexus NX vs Mercedes-Benz GLA Mashup Review

    The 2017 Mazda CX-5 does not directly compete with the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Lexus NX or the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

    However, according to Mazda these cars demonstrate some of the best driving characteristics that the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 has in spades.

    Recently I had the chance to drive and review the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and I walked away impressed by just how much Mazda has moved the car upmarket.

    Mazda wants to showcase the car’s newfound refinement. To prove that the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is moving up to the premium small compact crossover segment. That’s why in San Diego Mazda recently gathered the best German and Japanese cars that compete in the premium compact crossover segment for us to compare to the new 2017 Mazda CX-5.

    Keep in mind that these premium compact crossovers cost between $10,000 and $15,000 dollars more than the Mazda. They also all come with turbocharged engines that produce more power and torque than the Mazda. So while theses cars may compete in terms of size, they do not compete in terms of power, prestige or price.

    How does the 2017 Mazda CX-5 compare to the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Lexus NX and the Mercedes-Benz GLA?

    Andre and I drove all five of these cars back to back. We also spoke with a Mazda engineer who told us his take the driving dynamics of the gathered crossovers. Right about now you might be wondering what’s the point of this compact crossover mashup. That what we were thinking until we got behind the wheel of all five cars. We found that all this mashing up of different cars makes for an interesting dynamic comparison that highlights the strengths and weaknesses each car.

    Check out the video below. Please let up know what you think in the comments section.

    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a publisher, columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He is also a presenter for TFLcar’s very popular video review channels on YouTube.

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    25 thoughts on “2017 Mazda CX-5 vs BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Lexus NX vs Mercedes-Benz GLA Mashup Review

    1. Started shopping for my wife’s daily driver. Have driven and compared, Subaru and Toyota. Ruled out German and other Japanese brands due to cost/performance ratios. We have owned multiple VWs, and BMWs. I despise the mechanical issues they bring with them. I love BMW Motorcycles (I’m on my 3rd in 30+ years). The Mazda destroys the Subaru, and RAV4. The only other vehicle we would consider is the Volvo XC 60…Price and options don’t make it an accurate competitor. We just bought a Maxed out CX-5 Grand Touring (GT) with all of the accessories you can add for 35K out the door. In my opinion, this is the best fit/finish/materials we have seen. Also, it has the most usable driver friendly options/features. Heated Leather front/back seats/steering wheel. Mazda back seat is a work of art compared to a maxed out RAV4. And I haven’t seen any of the “Premium brands offer a reclining, leather, heated back seat with cup holders and USB ports.

    2. I’m currently cross shopping the X1 and the CX-5. I think this comparison was a great idea, there are always people who can afford the X1 but if the CX-5 is just as exciting to drive for a lot less than a premium brand… I’m sold.

        1. I am still shopping but I finally got my hands on a CX-5 in the trim I desire. I took it for a test drive and I loved it. Besides the power difference (with reduced fuel economy at its expense, premium fuel at that) I preferred the Mazda. It’s interior quality & styling and handling performance is the same or better than the X1. It exterior also looks fantastic; the X1 styling (except the front) looks like a Hyundai Sanata Fe, if you like that, but leaves something to be desired. The icing on the cake is Mazda’s unlimited mile warranty. My comment may sound a tad biased, however, I expected more effort from BMW but was blown away by just how well the CX-5 was built.

          1. I still don’t know… I have also test drived both (the BMW twice, as I got the wrong idea the first time) and for daily life they feel great!
            I understand that feeling of expecting more from a BMW, I was also expeting more emotion when driving and the luxury feel tradition of the brand.
            The outside of both… I loved the previous front of Mazda, it was simple and elegant, but now it just sounds like a Jaguar cheap imitation, that simply doesn’t work. I looks bulky and not elegant at all! The BMW, somehow, in the current days, when looked sideways, seems a bit like a glorified/ elevated sportswagon, lacking the feel of an SUV.
            In the end, I feel like choosing the BMW, thanks to the market value within a few years, when I need to change car. Also there’s a certain brand security (fame, none the less), I still don’t get from Mazda.

    3. I was shopping between the X1 and the CX5. I ended up with the X1 and ended up having massive issues. I am now going to get rid of the X1 and buy the CX5. So the 2 cars do compete with each other and there are customers that would shop for both.

      1. I am also very indecised between those 2. In terms of price, I have 2 offers that are very similar, but the X1 has a 116cv and the CX5 is 150cv. I really don’t know which one…
        What were you major problems with the x1? And how do you now find the cx5?

        1. lol, same question here.i am in Spain trying to decide between X1 and CX5. Here X1 29.000 euros with 116cv and CX5 25.500 with 150 CV. But i dont like much how the things have been set inside the CX5. i hate the tablet up and alone. I hope someone can answer us

    4. There was nothing on that CX-5 to indicate it was an AWD model like the others. Most notably missing was the AWD logo below CX-5 on the lower left portion of the lift gate. What’s that all about?!

    5. Steve seitz regardless of being a professional writer he’s human show some respect or find another blog to harass people on. great job Derek mau great writing and tfl is much better with you then without u

    6. I am a 3 time BMW owner X3, X5, and 3 series. I am considering the CX-5. It’s attractive, and quite frankly, as much as I’ve loved my Bimmers, I’m tired of the payment! Good luck to Mazda – I think this one, and the CX9 are winners.

    7. Great video. I’m definitely buying a CX5 when ghetto get here next month. I’ll order the GT loaded. Can’t wait!

    8. Derek mau your articles are always very informative and well written this isn’t a grammar contest lol personally I want to see the cx7 return with that 2.3 turbo engine it’s just hopes and wishes tho lol I also would like to see you guys test the cx5 against the cx7 to see the differences between the power plants and how far Mazda has come or the lack their of .God bless all

    9. I’ve driven the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 and classify them as entry-level luxury crossovers. What I discovered is that the brands had to make some compromises with regards to fit/finish, choice of cabin materials, etc. and didn’t measure up as being a premium brand vehicle. If Mazda did their homework, the new CX-5 can/will compete in terms of refinement and driving experience. What’s missing is the luxury cache that Mercedes, BMW, and Audi have built up over the years – but that’s a job for Mazda’s marketing team to figure out.

    10. Thanks for the superb video.
      You might want to remove the extra zero btw 🙂

      “Keep in mind that these premium compact crossovers cost between $10,0000 and $15,0000 dollars more than the Mazda”

    11. Great video guys, personally I’d like to see how the new CX-5 compares to the strong offerings from Honda, Toyota and Subaru. Any word when the Diesel will be available?

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