The latest Mazda 5 debuted in 2010 with either a petrol engine at 2.0-litre or 1.8-litre. The 1.6-litre diesel also followed after and claimed a 35 per cent better fuel consumption figure than the petrol units. The Mazda 5 is still a medium-segment MPV likes its model predecessor and can seat up to seven individuals. The sliding rear doors and its functional minivan structure enhance the 5’s larger capacity further. Three trim levels are offered with the Mazda 5: the Sport, TS2, and TS. The TS only comes with the 1.8-litre unit, while the Sport and TS2 come with the 1.6-litre diesel or 2.0-litre petrol.
The design may not be the Mazda’s best, but it’s a much prettier look compared to the Ford Grand C-Max. Distinct design elements such as the air on water strakes on the flanks are able to apply the vehicle’s intended family face. Even if it’s not the most appealing design, the present elements are able to reduce the bulk given by the metalwork found under the windowline. Function clearly takes precedence over form for the Mazda 5. Other functional design elements include the rounded nose that complies to pedestrian impact legislation, wrap-around lights that also lessen visual bulk, and the addition of actual foglights.
The interior impresses much more compared to the exterior. The inside is of to an excellent start: the sliding rear doors offer easy access to the rear seats, making it a breeze for placing or exiting small children. The middle row of seats easily slide for and aft; their adjustability continues as they tip forward for better access to the smaller third-row seats intended for children. Parents of large families or anyone going on a long drive with their nieces and nephews will have no problems fitting in the entire clan of kids. The central row is just as accommodating with its three chairs. The flexibility of each chair also allows for more space: you’ll have no problems folding the middle seat’s base under the one beside it for more space between the two outer seats.
Power isn’t too impressive in the Mazda 5. Although the 1.6-litre diesel is at 115bhp, its power output is not enough given such expectation. The 1490kg does little to contribute to its accelerative ability: a 60mph sprint happens after 12.6 seconds. The eight-valve diesel engine isn’t very impressive either despite the applied refinement. Noise levels are not reduced, so you can expect very little effort to the soundproofing for the engine as it emits noise into the cabin. Road and wind noise is also a major distraction, whether at high speeds or even on idle. The 1.8-litre unit has a slightly better performance, displaying a smoother run than the others. But it still tends to be noisy and doesn’t guarantee satisfaction for the driver. The 2.0-litre unit may have a smooth and linear delivery in its direct-injection unit, but it still requires more from its fine chassis. Such potential on the 2.0-litre has been wasted on lower CO2 emissions. The Mazda 5 isn't able to balance all the necessary features in its overall performance.
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