Ratings Comparison: Proton X70 vs Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 - Space and practicality

Shaun/Jun 25, 2020 04:14 PM

We’ve compared driving performance, ride comfort, build quality and features between the Proton X70, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. Now we’ll dive into space and practicality.

Mazda CX-5

Mazda cars were never known to be spacious and the same is true for the Mazda CX-5. Although space is not as generous, the seating position is absolutely spot on and comfortable.

Amenities and storage spaces are aplenty in the CX-5. The front centre armrest has a two-tier compartment which is convenient for loose items and the door bins can fit a 1.5L water bottle.

For the rear passengers, there are 2 USB charging ports neatly tucked inside the centre folding armrest which opens up to more storage space. Boot space in the CX-5 is rated at 442 litres, the smallest here but boot height is acceptable and there is no lip to lift items over.

Proton X70

The Proton X70 has more interior space than the Mazda CX-5, with more kneeroom as well as headroom. More importantly, the X70 has a flat floor which benefits the comfort for the passenger in the middle seat.

Storage space is not the most practical as the side door bins and centre armrest storage are smaller than average. There is also no storage space on the centre console, just 2 cup holders. Boot space in the X70 is rated at 512 litres, but the boot floor is rather high.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is the most spacious SUV in its segment. It will fit 3 adults comfortably in the rear seats due to the wide cabin and flat floor.

The only minor niggle with the Honda CR-V’s practicality is the door bins don’t extend across the door panel, but the compartment is large enough to fit a 1.5L bottle.

The centre area has plenty of storage spaces, with 2 cupholders and a cubby space around the 12V socket. And the centre console box is massive, big enough to swallow most handbags.

Boot space is rated at 522 litres, the boot floor is also low and the opening aperture is wide with practically no load lip to lift items over, making it easy to load and unload.

To sum up, 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.

As expected, the Honda CR-V is class-leading when it comes to space and practicality. The cabin is vast and storage spaces abundant, hence the Honda CR-V wins this comparison.

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

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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