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.

Mazda 5 MPV
22 5stars

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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The full Mazda 5 review

There are 2 Mazda 5 versions available

MPV 2.0 150 Sport Venture 5dr £20,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6D 115 Sport Venture 5dr £21,895
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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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.

Reader test team says:

Mazda 5 MPV 1.8 TS 5dr

This car does exactly what it says on the tin. It starts. It stops. It carries 7 people. (But 6 really is a comfortable maximum). Its gentle over…

Malcolm Pinnell

3 out of 5 stars
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