Used Mazda MPV MPV 1999 - 2004 review

Category: MPV

Section: What is it like?

1999 - 2004 review
Mazda MPV MPV (99 - 04)
  • Mazda MPV MPV (99 - 04)
  • Mazda MPV MPV (99 - 04)
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What's the used Mazda MPV MPV like?

The MPV is pretty conventional, with seven seats spread over three rows, but its twin sliding rear doors make it particularly easy to get in and out of the middle row when parked alongside another car.

Access to the third row isn't as good, because the middle seats don't slide forward far enough. The cabin design is also dreary, and although the rear seats can be removed to leave a van-like load area, they're heavy.

Still, there's plenty of space for seven and all of the major controls are logically grouped on the dash. The driver's seat could do with more support, but it's easy to adjust and gives you a commanding view of the road.

However, the steering is lifeless and there's quite a lot of body roll. Minimal wind and road noise help to make it relaxing over long distances, but the suspension isn't as comfortable as it should be, particularly at low speeds.