The all-new Mazda5 will hit dealer showrooms for January 2011 sales. Priced from €25,495* and equipped with a new low-emissions diesel engine, Mazda's 7-seat offering looks set to be at the top of shopping lists for those looking for a versatile family car.
The previous generation 5 was a success worldwide with over 500,000 units finding homes, as Mazda were the first company to introduce rear sliding doors (perfect for those tight car park spaces) onto a car in the compact Multi Activity Vehicle (MAV) segment.
Rear sliding doors and the 7-seat configuration which made this car so popular continue with the new model. Second and third row seats can be easily folded into a variety of seating configurations with Mazda's clever Karakuri seating system, including a flat 1,485 litre space for transporting bulky items. Users will also enjoy the 45 storage compartments and power sliding doors on the Sport model.
Long journeys are less of a chore as the interior comfort levels have been enhanced with larger and wider seats. The Mazda5 has a new dashboard, steering wheel and centre console providing a more premium look-and-feel.
The introduction of a 1.6-litre (115ps) diesel engine will greatly appeal to Irish buyers as the 13% improvement in C02 emissions drops the Mazda5 into Road Tax Band B (€225). Combined fuel economy of 5.2L/100kms (54mpg) marks a 15% improvement from the previous model's 2.0-litre diesel engine, whilst the six-speed gearbox makes for more refined motorway cruising.
The new Mazda family face has been introduced into the front of the car, whilst the 'Nagare'-flow design language not only provides a stronger and more sporty look, it also improves aerodynamics and engine cooling.
Being a family car, safety was a priority during the Mazda5's development. Side door impact beams now use a double-hat shape that adds greater strength. Pedestrian safety measures are improved by enhancements to the bonnet and front bumper.
Safety features such as ABS Anti-Lock Braking System, EBD electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction control system, DSC Dynamic Stability Control, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), front, side, and curtain airbags (for all 3 rows) are all standard.
Mazda is offering a wider specification range with four models to choose from. The range topping Mazda5 Sport model equipment highlights include: leather seats, 17" alloys, power sliding doors and heated seats.
The company expects the Executive SE model to be a large seller, with an impressive list of standard equipment including: Bluetooth, climate control, rear parking sensors, cruise control and 16" alloys.
All new Mazda cars come with a 3-year or 100,000 km manufacturer warranty and 3-years European Roadside Assistance.
*Metallic / mica paint and dealer-related charges extra