For The Mazda 5 looks smart and handles well, as well as having a decent amount of space in the cabin. You get lots of standard equipment for your money, too.
Against The ride is slightly firm, and many rivals have more space, cleverer seats and better-quality cabin plastics.
The Mazda 5 is decent to drive and will do a reasonable job of providing reliable family transport. However, many rivals do the important things far better.
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Mazda 5 buyers have the choice of two engines. There’s a rather lazy-feeling direct-injection 2.0 petrol that takes its time to build up revs, and a 1.6-litre diesel that’ll be chosen by the vast majority of customers. That’s due to its lower running costs and stronger resale values, but it’s also much more flexible than the petrol. It’s hardly a ball of fire, though.
The 5 is only available in one trim, called Venture. It’s fully tooled-up, providing climate control, cruise control, four powered windows, remote locking, automatic lights and wipers, a touch-screen sat-nav, Bluetooth, reversing camera and parking sensors as standard.
There are many rivals that offer more ability for less money. We’d steer you towards one of them.