Ratings Comparison: Proton X70 vs Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 - Overall results

Shaun/Jul 09, 2020 10:02 AM

We've compared the driving performance, ride comfort, quality and features, space and practicality, and fuel consumption of the Proton X70, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5. Here's a quick recap and summary for all the comparisons.

Driving Performance

Driving Performances Breakdown
    Proton X70 Honda CR-V Mazda CX-5
Engine Acceleration 3 / 5 3.5 / 5 5 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 3 / 5 3.5 / 5 4 / 5
Throttle Response 3 / 5 3 / 5 4 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
Smoothness 3 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Sport/Manual Mode 3 / 3 1.5 / 3 3 / 3
Steering Accuracy 1 / 3 1.5 / 3 2 / 3
Response 1 / 3 1 / 3 2 / 3
Weight & Feel 1 / 3 1 / 3 2 / 3
Braking Braking Distance 2 / 3 2.5 / 3 1.5 / 3
Braking Feel 2 / 3 1.5 / 3 1 / 3
Handling Chassis Balance 1.5 / 3 1.5 / 3 2 / 3
Grip 1.5 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
Load Reaction 1 / 3 1 / 3 2 / 3
Total   28 / 50 pts 29.5 / 50 pts 36.5 / 50 pts

The Proton X70 is the slowest in a straight line in this company, but it stops the quickest. The CR-V is reasonably quick in a straight line, though it falls a little short in the handling department and braking performance is average in class.

The Mazda CX-5’s braking performance is average, but it’s hilariously quick in a straight line and handles well, like all Mazdas do. Thus, the overall winner for driving performance is the Mazda CX-5 Turbo.

Ride Comfort

Ride comfort breakdown
  Proton X70 Honda CR-V Mazda CX-5
Sound Proofing 8 /10 6 / 10 8 /10
Suspension 8 /10 6 / 10 6 / 10
Passenger Comfort 8 /10 7 / 10 6 / 10
Seat Support 3.5 / 5 3.5 / 5 4 / 5
Ergonomics 3 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5
Engine Refinement 6 / 10 8 /10 7 / 10
Total points 36.5 / 50 pts 34.5 / 50 pts 34 / 50 pts

Between the three cars here, the Proton X70 is the most comfortable SUV here with its pliant suspension, decently supportive seats and the quietest-in-class cabin at 67 dB at 110 km/h.

Quality and features

Quality & Features Breakdown
Item Breakdown X70 CR-V CX-5
Exterior Paint Finish 3/3 2/3 3/3
Panel Gaps 3/3 1.5/3 3/3
Assembly Quality 2/3 1.5/3 2/3
Interior Build Quality 2/3 1.5/3 2/3
Materials Used 3/3 2/3 3/3
Material Finish Quality 3/3 1.5/3 3/3
Features Safety 8/10 9/10 8/10
ADAS 4/5 4/5 3/5
Luxury 5/5 3/5 4/5
Convenience 5/5 4/5 5/5
Infotainment 3/7 5/7 6/7
Total   41/50 pts 35/50 pts 42/50 pts

The Mazda CX-5 is the most well-built with the best selection of materials. The Honda CR-V is the most well-equipped with good integration of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a more comprehensive ADAS.

Space and Practicality

Interior Space Breakdown
  X70 CR-V CX-5
Front Row 7/10 8/10 7/10
Middle/Back Row 8/10 8/10 8/10
Third Row 0/5 0/5 0/5
Boot Space 2/5 4/5 2/5
Practicality 2/5 4/5 2/5
Storage Space 2/5 4/5 2/5
Visibility 2.5/5 4/5 2/5
Storage Flexibility 2/5 4.5/5 3/5
  25.5/50 pts 36.5/50 pts 26/50 pts

The Mazda CX-5’s interior is the least spacious, but its storage spaces are aplenty and seats are comfortable. The Proton X70’s interior space falls in between the two, and the least practical here with smaller than average storage spaces and high boot floor.

Which leaves the Honda CR-V. It's class-leading when it comes to space and practicality. The cabin is vast and storage spaces abundant.

Fuel consumption

Facts and Figures
  Proton X70 Premium (CBU) Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P Mazda CX-5 Turbo
Engine 1.8L 4-cyl turbo 1.5L 4-cyl turbo 2.5L 4-cyl turbo
Transmission 6-speed AT CVT 6-speed AT
Power 184 PS 193 PS 230 PS
Torque 285 Nm 243 Nm 420 Nm
Weight 1,695 kg 1,549 kg 1,758 kg
0-100 km/h 10.1 seconds 8.9 seconds 7.8 seconds
Fuel consumption 7.5L/100 km 7.0L/100 km 10.4L/100 km

The Honda CR-V is the most fuel efficient SUV in this comparison. Its engine capacity is the smallest here and has the least weight.

Keep in mind however, fuel consumption may vary significantly depending on driving behaviour and conditions due to the nature of turbocharging.

Overall results

The Proton X70 is well-built, well-equipped, and is the most comfortable SUV in this company. However, practicality and fuel economy is not its strongest suit. Overall, it falls in third place.

The Mazda CX-5 Turbo is the best to drive and the most well-built. But falls short on interior space and fuel economy. It achieved second place overall.

Leaving us with the Honda CR-V, which is the overall winner in this Ratings Comparison. It's quick in a straight line, has the most spacious interior its class, the most well-equipped, and is easy on the fuel. As an all round package, none can top the Honda CR-V in this company.

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P Ratings:

Driving Performance and Comfort 

Quality and Features

Space and Practicality

Fuel Consumption

2018 Proton X70 Ratings:

Driving Performance and Comfort

Quality and Features

Space and Practicality

Fuel Consumption

2019 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Ratings:

Driving Performance and Comfort

Quality and Features

Space and Practicality

Fuel Consumption

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