What is it?
The recently refreshed Mazda 5 has both style and practicality in abundance. Sliding rear doors and a distinctive exterior design bring a fresh twist to the people carrier market.

What is it like inside?
On the inside, Mazda5 has a new dashboard, new steering wheel and centre stack, along with more
comfortable seats, high quality materials all contributing to an enhanced quality feel. In addition the Mazda 5 has a more than ample supply of cubby holes and storage areas.

What is it like to drive?
Far firmer on the road then rivals this may not to be everyone’s taste but that said it drives far better than what you expect of a people carrier.

What is it likely to cost?
The four available versions of the Mazda5 are distinguished by trim only and range in price from €25,495 to €30,495. Fuel economy combines to give an average of 5.2 litres per 100km.

The Mazda5 is a stylish model in a rather practical market but it is the driving dynamics, out classed only by Ford, that set it apart from its competitors.

Mazda 5

Engine size: 1.6 Diesel
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.58 x 1.75 x 1.61
Fuel Economy: 5.2l/100km
Performance: 85kW (0-100 kph 13.7 seconds)
Emissions (motor tax) : 138g/km (€225)
Boot Capacity Seats up (seats down): 500 (1734)
Doors: 5 doors
Euro NCAP – Overall: Not tested

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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