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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

    Throgmorton Gildersleeve Date: 05/09/2005
    • 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

    I received this car on September 1 2005. After considering the Golf Plus, Touran, Grand Scenic and Corolla Verso, the Mazda 5 won the day for myself and my wife. With number two on the way, we opted for more space than my Audi A4.

    The 2.0 Sport costs £1200 more than the 1.8 TS2. For that money, you get 30bhp more, tinted second- and third-row windows, traction control, a stability program, full climate control (instead of standard air-con) and an in-dash six-CD changer that plays MP3 files burnt on to a CD. (I couldn't see this feature in the brochure but it means 60 CDs' worth of music.)

    Other features added on the Sport are a bonus but weren't essential, such as front foglights, a rear spoiler, and 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16 inches on the TS2). All that for £1200 more!

    The 2.0 is effortless and pulls well at low revs. It is very quiet around town and on the motorway.

    Another bonus is that the 2.0 is only in insurance group eight (only slightly above the 1.8-litre model).

    My wife enjoys driving this. The seat adjustments for the driver means we are both comfortable. The seating is flexible and easy to adjust. A great feature is the sliding and reclining of the middle seats.

    A couple of notches forward on one of the seats and our pushchair can go into the boot straight on instead of crossways freeing up a lot of room.

    I purchased through one of the brokers mentioned often in What Car? and got a decent discount of £1500 delivered by a UK Mazda dealer

  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    Martin Parker , Bedfordshire . Date: 04/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought the 2.0-litre Sport and immediately drove it to France.

    I covered 800 miles in comfort. There's loads of space for two teenage children and it's very comfortable to drive.

    It's the best all-round family car I have ever had.

  • 1.8 TS 2 5dr

    Tony McDonnell Date: 01/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I was the first person on Teesside to buy on of these fabulous Mazda 5s.

    My wife saw them being delivered on a transporter to the Mazda dealership, so, being in the market for a new people carrier, we decided to go and take a look.

    My first impressions on seeing the Silver 2.0 sport demo model, was that it looked a lot like a small Ford Galaxy, and a bit like the lovely Toyota Verso, but also that it must be £20k worth of car!

    With the entry-level 1.8 TS costing £14,300, my family and I immediately asked for a test drive, and we loved the ride comfort, the handling, the cabin space, and the sliding doors made it feel extra special.

    On getting back to the dealership, we crawled all over it trying to find reasons to put us off spending the £15K for 1.8 TS2, and found very few! I was very impressed witht the level of equipment in the TS2 and the full length curtain airbags help me to feel certain that we have a very safe family car.

    Unfortunatley, Mazda won't release these fabulous cars until the 25th June, so I can't get my hands on ours until the official launch weekend. I will post another review, once I get my hands on it.

    So I'm only giving it four out of five at the moment - mainly down to first impressions, and my running costs review is low because I just don't know what it's like yet.

    Also, Mazda has lost one star because they didn't have much in the way of brochures etc for the 5 in the dealership.

    Roll on the 25th!

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