Welcome to the 2012 Mazda CX-5 vs Kia Sportage comparison and review page. Both are two of the newest models in the compact SUV class and both are arguably the best models in the class. 

The new CX-5 replaces the stylish CX-7 and to be honest the CX-7 looks better and remains looking up to date at least on the outside. The CX-7’s interior look good but feels feels older than the the CX-5. You could never mistake the CX-7 for any other brand where as the CX-5 looks too much the same as a number of other brands and not a stand out.  The Mazda CX-5 also (arguably) is fitted with the most advanced petrol engine on the planet. It’s has good power and most of all economical. 

The Kia Sportage has been round for about over 18 months and still looks good on the road. The Sportage interior still looks and feels good although the design themes take a little time to understand. Overall the package is great and deserves to draw showroom traffic. By 2012 standards the Sportage does not have any advanced engine technology to promote unlike the CX-5. Of course it won’t be too long before Kia updates their engine line up.

Until we drive both we can only compare them based on on technical specifications and claimed performance figures. Based on these specifications and showroom the Mazda CX-5 comes out ahead. However on an emotional basis and cost to buy, the Sportage is the better choice as it looks better, newer, cheaper and more equipment. We’ll update the page after the drive.

Mazda CX-5 (KE Series) Kia Sportage
Engines  
SKYACTIV-G 
IL4 cylinder Petrol 
DOHC with VVTi Direct Injection EFI
2.0 Litre (1977cc)
Claimed 114kW @ 6000rpm
Claimed 200Nm @ 4000rpm

SKYACTIV-D
IL4 cylinder Diesel
2.2 Litre (2191cc)
Turbo-charged – Direct Injection – Common Rail
Claimed 129kW @ 4500rpm
Claimed 420Nm @ 2000rpm

4 Cylinder (G4KD)
IL4 Cylinder – Petrol
DOHC 16 Valve
2 Litre (1998cc)
Claimed 122Kw @ 6200RPM
Claimed 197Nm @ 4600RPM

4 Cylinder (G4KE)
IL4 DOHC – Petrol
DOHC 16 Valve
2.4 Litre (2539cc)
Claimed 130Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 227Nm @ 4000RPM

4 cylinder (D4HA)
IL4 Cylinder – Diesel
Turbo-charged – Intercooler
Direct Injection – Common Rail
2 Litre (1995cc)
Claimed 135Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 392Nm @ 1800-2500RPM

Weight  
Kerb weight 1475 -1685 Kg
Towing capacity up to 1800 Kg

Kerb weight 1470 – 1995Kg
Towing capacity up to 1600kg

Fuel capacity & consumption  
56 litres – Diesel or Unleaded 91 Octane
SKYACTIV-G Petrol 6.4 litres per 100km (Claimed)
SKYACTIV-D Diesel 5.7 litres per 100km (Claimed)

Up to 55 litres
IL4 2.0 Petrol 8.5 litres per 100km
IL4 2.4 Petrol 9.2 litres per 100km 
IL4 2.0 Diesel 7.5 litres per 100km

Other specifications  
6 Speed Auto or 6 speed manual transmission
Overall height/width 1710/1840
Overall length/wheelbase 4540/2700
Tyre size: 225-65-17 or 225-55-19
NCAP safety rating x/5

5 speed manual or 6 speed Auto
Overall Height/Width 1685/1820
Overall Length/Wheelbase 4410/2640
4WD system: FWD or On-demand AWD 
ANCAP Safety: ?/5
Tyre size: 225-60-17  225-55-18

Capability   
Angle of: (degrees) 
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Min ground clearance xxx mm
Water Fording depth xxx mm
4WD system: FWD or AWD only 

Angle of: (degrees) 
Approach xx Departure xx Breakover xx
Min ground clearance xxx mm
Water Fording depth xxx mm
4WD system: FWD or AWD only 

Performance  
Petrol (non-turbo) 
0-100kph: 9.7 secs
Petrol (non-turbo)
0-100Kph:9.5 secs
Pricing  
2012 $27,990 – 46,220 AUD
*Always check with the dealer
for up to date pricing, on road costs
and specials accessories etc…

2012 $26,720 – 37,980 AUD
*Always check with the dealer
for up to date pricing, on-roads
and specials accessories etc…