New Mazda 5 Review
The Mazda 5 is Mazda's venture into the mid sized MPV market, built on the same platform as the ford focus and the Volvo S40 the Mazda 5 can seat seven people although they actually market the Mazda 5 as a 6 + 1, it is to all intents and purposes a 2 + 2 + 2 with a fold out seat that goes between the centre row of seats. The front and centre seats are individual full sized with the rear seats more of a bench type, meaning that when the fold out seat is removed there is a passage from the rear of the compartment through to the front.
The Mazda 5 has a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, the petrol's come in the form of a 1.8 and a 2.0 litre the smaller engine develops 115 ps with the larger 2.0 litre unit returning 145 ps, both engines use a five speed manual gearbox to propel them to top speeds of 113 and 122 mph respectively. The Mazda 5 diesel line up features two 2.0 direct-injection turbo diesel units one of which develops 110 ps whilst the other develops 143 ps, both use a six speed manual gearbox and have top speeds of 111 and 122 mph correspondingly.
Four trim levels are available on the Mazda 5 and entry level is the Mazda 5 TS, the Mazda 5 TS trim level is only available on the 1.8 litre petrol and the 2.0 litre (110 ps) diesel and features 195/65 R15 tyres with 6.0JJ steel wheels with wheel covers, Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System (MAIDAS) engineered 'triple H' body structure to help protect occupants from impact forces, Four-Wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), front driver and passenger airbags, front side airbags, front and rear curtain airbags up to third row, seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger seat, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, Thatcham Category 1 Alarm and immobiliser system, front and rear body-coloured bumpers, black colour body side mouldings, black colour door handles, heated rear window, halogen headlights, manual headlight leveling, rear fog light, high-mounted rear brake light, power-operated door mirrors in black housings with driver's wide angle, front power windows with one-touch auto up and down on driver's and passenger's side, remote central door locking with deadlocking, Electro Hydraulic Power Assisted Steering (petrol engines), Engine rev sensing Power Assisted Steering (diesel engines), manual air conditioning, driver's sunvisor with covered vanity mirror and ticket holder, passenger sunvisor with covered vanity mirror, remote opening fuel cap, driver's armrest, AM/FM radio / CD with four speakers, underboot floor storage box, luggage area cover, luggage compartment light and a pollen filter all as standard.
The Mazda 5 TS2 follows the Mazda 5 TS, The Mazda 5 TS2 is available with the same engines as the Mazda 5 TS range but also has 205/55 R16 tyres with 6.5JJ aluminium wheels, body-coloured body side mouldings, body-coloured door handles, black roof rails, power-operated and heated mirrors with body-coloured housings and driver's wide angle, front and rear power windows with one-touch auto up and down on each window, central closing of all windows through key fob, driver's lumbar adjustment, picnic table (back of front seats), leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering wheel-mounted remote audio controls in addition or replacement to the equipment on the Mazda 5 TS.
The Mazda 5 sport level of trim is available on the Mazda 5 2.0 petrol and the Mazda 5 (143 ps) diesel, this grade of trim has 205/50 R17 tyres with 6.5JJ aluminium wheels, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control System (TCS), front fog lights, climate control air conditioning and an AM/FM radio / 6-CD autochanger with six speakers all in addition or replacement to the equipment on the Mazda 5 TS2.
Finally in the Mazda 5 range is the Mazda 5 Sport Nav, standard features on this vehicle include a DVD navigation system with a 7" colour pop up screen, two display functions, with voice control and voice guidance and a rear-view parking camera on top of the specification of the Mazda 5 sport.
Like the looks of the Mazda 5, why not check out, the Citroen Xsara Picasso, the Toyota Corolla Verso, the Peugeot 307 SW, the VW Touran or the Vauxhall Zafira, all are alternatives to the Mazda 5.
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