The Mazda 5 7 seater has been, is, and will continue to be a great family car for mid to large sized families. The car is designed with useful sliding doors and a highly flexible seating system that makes it more stylish and practical compared to some other seven seat cars. Its fuel consumption is excellent and efficient whilst still delivery a high level of performance. The vehicle is also a reliable choice and is good when it comes to road handling.
Practicality as a Seven Seat Family Car
The Mazda 5 is available with both petrol and diesel engines, the choice is yours. Available petrol engines include a 2 litre and a 1.8 litre. The difference between the performances of these two engines is very negligible; I would therefore advise any interested individual to go for the 1.8 litre engine which is cheaper, both in terms of buying and running. Its top speed is 112 mph which is slightly lower compared to a 2.0 litre engine which has a top speed of 120mph, however as a family car this probably isn’t a consideration!
It is very unfortunate, however, that the Mazda 5 MPV has only one diesel engine to offer. This is a contradiction to the demand on the market because a large proportion of customers prefer diesel engines to petrol engines due to the cost involved in buying, running and maintaining. The available diesel engine is a frugal 1.6 litre engine. Its performance is lower when compared to the petrol engines, but it is a great engine when maintained to the manufacturers standards. The fuel economy claimed by Mazda for this vehicle is around 54 MPG, however actual road reports have noted a fuel efficiency more akin to the 38-42 mark, which is still reasonable for a seven seat car, but doesn’t really put it in the ‘excellent’ class of fuel economy, especially when compared to other similarly sized vehicles such as the Toyota Prius+.
The safety levels of this car should not worry you as it has everything you would expect of a family car – the most recent Mazda 5 models have airbags in all seats for passengers, and seat-belts provided for all occupants.
In terms of people carriers, the Mazda 5 is a fairly narrow car. This means that the three seats in the middle row are considerably compact due to limited space. The car has therefore been designed such that the seat in the centre of the middle-row is greatly reduced in space. As such, the middle seat is only favourable for children or smaller adults on shorter journeys. The car is perfect for six passengers, when the middle seat of the middle row will not be occupied in order to allow room for maximum comfort. Should all 7 seats be occupied, however, then there will be no space for storage in the boot.
The horizontally sliding doors have greatly enhanced the accessibility to the inside of the car easily and effortlessly. Apart from accessibility, the sliding doors also allow all passengers to get in and out of the car easily even when in a tight car park space.
Cost of the Mazda 5
As mentioned previously, the Mazda 5 engines offer good fuel economy regardless of the choice of engine. The highest fuel economy offered by the Mazda 5 is a published 54mpg, however road tests put this figure more towards the high 30′s to mid 40s. The road tax bands for this car ranges from E to H and the exact cost depends on type of the engine. People who have experience with Mazda will tell you that you don’t require much in terms of extra maintenance of the car because they are very reliable vehicles. If you are tempted to buy a Mazda 5, then you will be able to pick a new one up for between £18,175 and £22,440. Overall this is a great value family vehicle that offers quite a lot of features and benefits that would appeal to family users.