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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

    Amritpal Notta Date: 03/04/2006
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have the Mazda 2.0 diesel (141bhp) model.

    The car is good on the inside, vand has a very comfortable ride. The sliding rear doors are brilliant. When the third row of seats are not used, there is loads of leg room for the middle row. The rear boot cover is flimsy and seems like an after-thought - it's very loose-fitting with no adjustment.

    On the road, I have not experienced the noise over the speed bump as described by other reviewers, but I do have the problem where the car pulls to the left (that's just how it is, according to the dealer) and I also smell burning rubber while reversing.

    Fuel consumption is bad - I get 450 miles per week on a full tank with 80% of this being motorway driving. The dealer says this will go lower over time (funny how they don't mention this at time of sale).

    Last but not least, the dealers are bad - I had to constantly chase the salesman for things. I had made a booking to get the wheel alignment and fuel consumption looked at, only to find that the salesman had not bothered to make the booking on their system. I was also promised a rear boot net as part of the deal, but it was never delivered - I have given up chasing it. Every dodgy sales trick was used, the worse part is that it was totally obvious!

  • 2.0D 110 TS 2 5dr

    Ariana Yakas Date: 16/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    My car

    We bought the Mazda 5 2.0D TS2 over a month ago. It was a replacement for the Seat Alhambra.

    Inside, the car is great and there is ample room for out two adults and three children. The drive on long distance is very comfortable and smooth ,but I wish I could say the same about city driving.

    Similar to other car reviewers, we have experienced the problem that has already been highlighted of going over speed bumps. The car makes a loud clanking noise when going over speed bumps but only on one side - the front passenger side.

    We have taken it to the dealer, who told us that just that morning someone else had brought theirs in complaining about the same problem. Despite that, the response I got from the dealer was that this is how the car is, and it is just the 'suspension adjusting itself after going over bumps'! No-one could tell me though why it was only doing it on one side.

    I then heard another dealer, who has been driving one of these cars, saying that the Mazda 5 is very noisy over speed bumps. When we took it for a test drive and asked the necessary questions, we were told that there were no issues with the car. Obviously that is not the case, having read other reviews.

    I have also had intermittent smell of burning rubber from the front passenger wheel. Again, the Mazda dealership were not concerned and told me it was not a safety issue.

  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    P Aram Date: 12/03/2006
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    First, it seems to me that those who write these reviews are often upset about their vehicle or have just spent a fair amount of their earnings and are unlikely to admit any failings, so I hope this is a fair review.

    I was looking for an MPV to replace my four-year-old old Renault Scenic. I ruled out the Vauxhall Zafira for its poor safety, and its middle bench is a pain. The Volkswagen Touran was too functional, and not fun at all. Toyota's Verso was noisy at motorway speed, and there were fewer deals available. Finally, the new Scenic had poor build quality and little space in the rear.

    So that left the Mazda 5. Externally, I like the sloping rear roof - it makes the MPV seem more car-like. The rear door has dual height adjustment - why? Now I have to remember to push the hatch up further to avoid banging my head every time. Just use a toggle for short people. The privacy glass is nice - for now.

    Internally, it suffers from some low quality materials. The rear cover is annoying and fiddly. The middle jump seat is best left as an armrest. And why is the trip button in front of the passenger? The centre dash display is odd. The sliding doors are very good and light to use.

    As for the engine - well, it makes lots of noise but has not got much go - this was very disappointing. So would I buy one? Well, maybe, but not the 2.0-litre petrol version - I might go for the 2.0D turbo, which might overcome its shortcomings.

  • 1.8 TS 5dr

    Philip Jones , BUCKS . Date: 26/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We didn't want a 7 seater bus to replace the Mondeo, so the choice was basically down to the Zafira, Touran, Verso or Mazda.

    The Zafira was the first to fall (poor std safety spec)followed by the Verso (3rd row is only big enough for toddlers)

    The choice in my male view was between the Touran and Mazda, but Mrs J went with me on the Mazda test drive and the female logic quickly kicked in pointing out that the sliding doors were a car parking dream, along with the fact that you can walk inbetween the 2nd row seats to the rear if the middle seat is stored away...

    The temporary nature of this seat had put me off initially, but she sensibly pointed out that if kids 1 & 2 car seats are fitted in their 2nd row place in a Touran, how can you get other kids in and out of the third row without removing a child seat to tumble the seat forward?

    The fact that the Mazda drove as well as her Mondeo also appealed to her sportier side... although the downside of this is a rather firm ride, but that compromise always exists.

    The 1.8 litre engine is also a bit slow with a full load but at the end of the day this is a family car, and I think the 1.8 will loosen up with more miles.

    The clincher for me was that I found a pre-registered car (8 miles on the clock) for £3000 below list price at a Midlands dealership, and considering you can't get a 18 month old Touran with 12k on the clock for that, the deal was done!

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