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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The car has excellent safety equipment and practical sliding doors

Against It suffers from firm suspension and too much road noise

Verdict It's an attractive, flexible, spacious and fun-to-drive seven-seat MPV

Go for… 2.0 D TS

Avoid… 1.8 petrol

Mazda 5 MPV
  • 1. The sliding rear doors are a god-send in tight parking spaces
  • 2. Diesel engines are better than petrols, but models built between October and December 2005 had a potential stalling problem remedied by a recall
  • 3. Very high-mileage cars may have tired suspension components so have this checked out
  • 4. A full service history with evidence of regular oil changes is particularly important for the diesel models
  • 5. The two rear seats fold flat into the floor to create more luggage space
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