Used Mazda Premacy MPV 1999 - 2004 review

Category: MPV

Section: What is it like?

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

'Dull but worthy' sums it up nicely.

The Premacy came as both a five- and a seven-seater, with the two rearmost seats removable in the latter. Once these seats are out, there's a generous load space, but you'll have to find somewhere to store them. The rival Vauxhall's Zafira's fold-flat rear seats are far more user-friendly.

You don't get any Renault Scenic-style hidden storage bins in the Premacy, either, although there is some stowage space around the driver. On the positive side, the controls are logically laid out, with chunky switches and buttons for all the major systems, but the dashboard is dreary and the driving position would be much better if the steering wheel was reach-adjustable.

The drive puts comfort first, which is no bad thing in an MPV, although that does mean it's not great fun when just the driver's on board. The Premacy copes well with most bumps and makes a cosseting motorway cruiser, but there's too much wind and road noise, plenty of body roll through corners and poor front-end grip.