When the CX-5 first came out, I used to sometimes mistake them for BMWs. They have a similar shape with rounded corners and a streamlined sophistication that you don't often see on a car in this price category.
Inside follows the same design application, with a less is more philosophy throughout.
The dash is super smooth and feels nicely padded, there are metallic touches over the centre console and doors, and the centre console is well designed, though it could definitely do with an update.
Particularly the way the multimedia screen juts out of the dash. It would look more modern if it was incorporated into it, and there is no digital dashboard behind the steering wheel.
Other elements, like the seats, which are cloth and comfortable to sit on, feel in line with this price bracket. You do get a leather steering wheel that feels good under the hands.
All in all, it still feels good to drive the CX-5 but there are other features the competition has updated which Mazda hasn't yet.