Ratings Comparison: Proton X70 vs Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 - Quality and features

Shaun/Jun 20, 2020 02:30 PM

The Proton X70, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5 are locally assembled SUVs and we’re here to find out which is has the best build and material quality as well as the most well-equipped.

Proton X70's build quality and features

It should be noted that the Proton X70 we tested was the fully imported (CBU) model. Build quality is impeccable with superb fit and finish to both the exterior and interior.

The CKD model we’ve tested has no perceivable difference in quality, and we would rate them identically.

Proton X70

The cabin is generously furnished with premium materials and high-tech features. Nappa leather, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) are some features not commonly found at its price point. However, it lacks Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Honda CR-V's build quality and features

Build quality of the Honda CR-V is acceptable for its price. It is the least well-built here. Panels gaps on both the exterior and interior were within expectations, and cabin materials are decent. But in this company, it’s the least well-built and least premium-feeling.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P has everything a family guy needs in an SUV with the full suite of Honda Sensing features, which includes Lane Keep Assist (absent in the X70) and Adaptive Cruise Control (absent in the CX-5) with Low Speed Follow. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is well integrated.

Mazda CX-5's build quality and features

The Mazda CX-5’s build quality is superb. There is virtually no difference in panel gaps and even if there are discrepancies, it’s only a mere 0.5 mm difference. The cabin is furnished with high-quality soft-touch materials at all the important touchpoints.

Mazda CX-5

Feature-wise, the CX-5 Turbo is decently equipped with the 7.0-inch MZD touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, powered front seats, 360-degree camera and windscreen projected heads-up display. But the ADAS lacks Adaptive Cruise Control.

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

To sum up, the Mazda CX-5 is the most well-built with the best selection of materials. As for features, the Honda CR-V takes the cake with good integration of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a more comprehensive ADAS.

2018 Proton X70 Ratings:

Driving Performance and Comfort

Quality and Features

Space and Practicality

Fuel Consumption

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 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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