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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.
  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    Stuart Lyon Date: 10/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    My car

    The appearance of the car is very pleasing with its darkened glass and 17 inch alloys.

    I think the ride is just right. I would not like it to be any softer.

    My children love being able to access the 3rd row seats by walking between the 2nd row seats. Having sliding rear doors means that I can let the kids open them without fear of adjacent cars being dented.

    I have managed to get an average of 40 mpg so far from my 2.0 litre petrol engine. Most of my travels so far have been a 20-minute journey to work, mostly on A and B roads. I am very impressed with this figure considering the engine is new and there have been many cold starts.

    The engine is smooth and refined, especially at low revs. Gear changes are precise and slick.

    As the 6-CD multichanger can read MP3 files it means I can access around 60 albums at the touch of a button without having to manually change discs. I’m hoping Mazda will help me to activate the dynamic navigation (TMC) function of the sat-nav, the instruction manual for which is not clear. I ditched the manual and played around with it for a while. After a few minutes I had most of it sussed.

    The rear view parking camera is a big advantage and its on-screen guide lines make reversing a synch. The instrument lighting dims too much when the headlights are switched on and I would like to see the trip computer display fuel economy in mpg. Apart from these minor criticisms this car has more than impressed me so far.

  • 2.0D 143 Sport 5dr

    Robin Leatherbarrow , Surrey . Date: 09/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I’ve just taken delivery of a 2.0D Sport Nav (141 bhp). In the compact MPV market it is clearly the best option: the Toyota Verso is far too cramped; the Zafira has a strange non-split middle seat that means everyone in the middle row has to get out in order to load the rear passengers. The Mazda has loads of room when the rear seats are folded and perfectly acceptable space when the 3rd row is deployed. In addition, the sliding doors are a huge plus compared to any other car in this class.

    Overall, the build quality is excellent. It is, of course, not perfect and the boot storage cover, which is impossible to fit anywhere inside the car when you have the 3rd row of seats up, is one of the few examples of blatantly poor design. However, the overall package is well thought out and I’m very pleased with it. The sat nav system is excellent and the rear parking camera is actually amazingly useful (I had expected this to be a gimmick, but find that it greatly improves reversing, especially as the rear visibility is not too good). There are quite a few nice touches, such as the ability to close the windows when activating the central locking and the fact that the CD changer will play MP3s, which add to the overall satisfaction.

    I did experience a major issue with availability of the 2.0D Sport Nav, having to wait 3 months for delivery and even then I had to take pot luck on colour. I was told that getting a specific colour would have taken a further 4 months!

  • 2.0D 143 Sport 5dr

    Dave Seton Date: 07/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am awaiting delivery of a 2.0D Sport-Nav, and have spent months reading many reviews of the car. I was alarmed when I read about owners who have experienced problems with speed humps, especially as I drive over 66 of them every morning just doing the school run! I wrote to Mazda UK, and would like to reproduce here part of their reply to me: "Having discussed this matter with our Technical Department, I am advised that this information was relayed back to the factory for investigation, where modified parts to alleviate this issue have now been produced. These modified components are currently available and can be ordered by our dealership network, should this matter become apparent. However, as a point of information, current production vehicles are already being fitted with the modified parts in question" I hope this will help some of the people who are experiencing this problem.

  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    Gary Preston , West Midlands . Date: 06/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It started well,got a good price on the car, in the limited launch model red, it looked great on its 17" alloys. All was OK for a few weeks, then the noises started, the suspension noises others have complained of over speed bumps, only mine sounds like grating metal, it's dreadful.

    The dealer has had 3 failed attempts to fix it, the last supposed to be a modification only lasted 2 weeks and the noises came back.

    I took it back to the dealer to look at, they said they would contact Mazda and get back to me. Weeks went past so I phoned them, they advised another modification was available they had ordered the parts on 4-5 days delivery and they would be in touch to book the car in. Another week passed so I phoned them. They advised me the parts probably wont be in till Mid June, another 10 weeks away.

    My car has now done nearly 7k miles and is over 6 months old, the bad news is the noises get a lot worse. My 5 now does it over speed bumps, potholes & undulations in the road the noise at times beggars belief. In fact the last time the dealer road tested the car they didn't need to leave their car park for it to do it. Was this the shortest road test in history?

    What’s the dealers stance on this "it's not detrimental to the running of the car" & the cars is “of merchantable quality”.

    To those of you who have one that’s defect free, congratulations! you have a great car, to those of you with the same problem you have my sympathy, it ruins the whole experience.

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