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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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95 reader reviews for Mazda 5 MPV.
  • 2.0D 143 Sport 5dr

    Mike Pearce , Shropshire . Date: 04/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I have owned my Mazda from new, May 2009. We bought the Sport 2.0L petrol, with the luxury pack, (electric sliding door/ full leather / xenon lights. Overall the experience has been great, it's a very practical family car. We chose to downsize from an Espace, but this is still big enough for holidays or ferrying kids and their pals about. After two years the rear shocks were replaced under warranty and I made the dealer note my dissatisfaction that they should go after 20k miles, it seems they must have been a bad batch at the time. I've had no problem with uneven or excessive tyre wear, but I look after the pressures and put decent tyres on. The 2.0L petrol won't win any races, and cruising at 80-85 on the motorways I still sometimes reach for a seventh gear, but hey, I bought a people carrier not a sports saloon. Trim levels are high and the electric sliding doors are the best extra I've ever had - no smashing into into other cars in car parks and no trapped fingers, but they are not available on 2014 models, nor are the xenon lights :( Be cautious of reviews that compare this car with other MPVs - to get the same spec you have to dig anything from 5-8k deeper into your pockets. Mazda offer only one spec now. I've just driven the 1.6 diesel on test, it seems okay but I will go for the quieter quicker petrol again, the extra cost of the diesel would take me five years to recoup at 10k miles a year. I won't get xenons but I will get more tech - satnav, auto-mirrors etc.

  • 2.0D 143 Sport 5dr

    Edward Harper Date: 25/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    Bought as ex demo from a dealer in Kings Lynn. It was 6 months old and only had 154 miles on the clock. I looked at the Ford S Max and the Honda, neither supply even a space saver spare wheel, the lovely Toyota Verso, with the spare wheel located under the back, (Just like my 1993 Transit Van :-))(And probably as easy to forget about?) NOT being able to get comfortable in ANY of the Citroens MPVs. The Mazda 5 rear sliding doors are a real blessing. The seats ALL fold flat and give over 60 inches of length space. The car warms up quickly, accelerates well through the gears and has a good 3rd gear for overtaking with very little turbo lag. 6th gear makes cruising a delight.(Any speed above about 50MPH)) I have only done a couple of thousand miles so at present any tyre wear issue has not come to light. I did a bit of homework AND made a particular point of asking the Service Manager (no good speaking the sales people) I was assured it was only earlier models affected and that the rear suspension geometry had been modified and this SHOULD (famous last words) Not be a problem ......Only time will tell. I enjoy the fact that it is a slightly firmer suspension and doesn't "wallow" on corners. 1 year on it still suits my driving style. Leisurely, but without hanging about too much. 60mph cruising where possible & STILL get 40mpg+

    AM I HAPPY WITH IT? Come back and ask me again in another NINE YEARS.

  • 2.0D 143 Sport 5dr

    Bram van den Berg , surrey . Date: 06/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    having owned this car for 2 months now and having done 3000 miles, I am extremely pleased with it. The drive is fantastic and is the car feels very solid. the equipment is great and I particularly like the standard bluetooth. sliding doors are great, the easy 6-7 seat option is great when you use it and that's because you can easily fold them away when not needed. overall a great car. a little point: gearbox is a little stiff when cold. supplying dealer MKG3000 have been great and Rivervale Mazda Brighton sorted the gearbox issue. thanks to both of them.

  • 2.0 Sport Nav 5dr

    Deena Naidoo , South Africa . Date: 15/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased the Mazda5 Individual in May 2007 I has so far covered 2700km all 4 of my tyres have their inner threads exposed. I am observing the must uneven and irregular tyre wear on any vehicle that I have owned. I have written to the Mazda Customer Care site in SA twice already but no response from them. I eventually got thro to their Helpdesk and spoke to a consultant, during that conversation I realised just how well trained the call centre staff are trained din evading the root cause of your complaints. Anyway I have booked my car in to have all four tyres replaced next week. I spoke to 2 owners of this vehicle here in SA and they share the same experiences regarding the tyre problems. My college has a blow out on the road one morning and she collided with the road structure casing serious damage to her car. Ps: Yes I had the wheels rotated and aligned at 8000KM but by that time the front tyres had already been “damaged”

    I challenge any SA authority to contact me in this regard (deenan@nedbank.co.za). If I knew then what I know now….. I would have bought some other vehicle. Buy this car and you will experience the same issue that I have guaranteed. Deena

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