Used Mazda 5 MPV 2005 - 2011 review

Category: MPV

Section: Our recommendations

2005 - 2011 review
Mazda 5 MPV (05 - 11)
  • Mazda 5 MPV (05 - 11)
  • Mazda 5 MPV (05 - 11)
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Our recommendations

Which used Mazda 5 MPV should I buy?

The 113bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine doesn't do a bad a job, but if you're regularly going to use the car loaded to the gunwales, you'll soon tire of its mediocre performance. With 143bhp and 136lb ft of pulling power, the 2.0-litre petrol does a much better job.

It's still not the best engine, though. For real mid-range response and an engine that doesn't have to be worked hard to provide it, you have to go for the 2.0-litre diesel. Its 108bhp may not sound that much, but it's got 229lb ft of pulling power and that's crucial in making it our recommendation. It's so good, in fact, that there's no point bothering with the more powerful 141bhp/266lb ft version.

There are three trim levels: TS, TS2 and Sport. Even if you pick up a basic second-hand TS at a Mazda dealer it'll still have plenty of kit with six airbags, remote locking, electric front windows, air-con and a CD-player.