The new Mazda 5 continues what the first started, a handsome seven seat MPV that increases its practicality by having sliding doors. There is a new option of a two litre DISI petrol engine that is equipped with i-stop. This new Mazda 5 is due on sale this coming autumn.
The fabulous sliding doors on the Mazda 5 mean excellent access to the back plus there is a decent amount of interior space with excellent all round visibility. The boot floor on the Mazda 5 pops up into a third row of proper forward facing seats when you need an extra person space rather than luggage. Three are seats for seven people but the middle seat is an occasional seat only. The Mazda ‘Karakuri’ seating system means the middle seat can be stowed away under the other two when not in use creating more space for the third row passengers.
The standard entry level Mazda 5 comes with air conditioning, remote central locking and electric mirrors. Safety is a big issue in any car but particularly so in an MPV and the Mazda 5 has been designed to conform to the highest standards of occupant and pedestrian protection. The car is based around a special energy absorbing structure. The door impact beams have been strengthened compared to the old model and an advanced headrestraint design is used to help prevent neck injury. There’s also Mazda’s ESS Emergency Stop Signal which warns drivers behind of sudden braking by rapidly flashing the hazard lights.
The Mazda 5 is good to drive with a sporty nature; it is impressively built and has a lot to offer a family.