Mazda 5 driven - Should I buy one?

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  • Updated version of Mazda's compact MPV
  • Looks smart and handles well
  • Many rivals have cleverer seats
The Mazda is quite reasonably priced compared with many competitors, and you should be able to negotiate a decent discount on top of that. Resale values should be on a par with those of most other rivals in the class, too, and with competitive figures for fuel consumption and CO2, the 5 should be pretty affordable to run.

It’s worth noting, though, that the more expensive 2.0 is cleaner and more frugal than the 1.8, so choosing between them might have to involve some mathematics.

You can always rely on a Mazda to be immensely reliable, and with six airbags and stability control provided as standard, it should be a safe place to put your family. You get plenty of other kit for your money, too. Base-level TS cars come with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, remote locking, four powered windows and cruise control as standard.

You can step up to TS2 trim for parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, climate control and Bluetooth, while the range-topping Sport models have sporty styling, powered sliding doors and leather seats.

So, as with most Mazdas, the 5 is a capable, reliable and good value alternative. However, the similarly priced Peugeot 5008 is better to drive and is better as an MPV.

What Car? says
The Mazda 5 will do a decent job of providing capable, reliable family transport, but there are plenty of rivals that do the important things better.


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