I own a Mazda 5 1.8 TS2 petrol version. Have only covered 500 miles and am pleased with it.
What trim are you looking at? TS2 or SPORT. If going for the sport version then be aware of tyre wear issues. The sport model runs on 17" tyres i believe. In the past they have been known to wear quickly.
Also with the diesel versions the fuel can find itself into the oil sump so you have to keep a regular check on the oil level and drain it when it gets high up to a certain mark.
We've had a 2.0D Sport for about 7 months. Before buying we compared it to the Verso, Touran, and the C4 MPV. In fact probably all 7 seat mid-sized MPVs with a 5 star NCAP.
For us the Verso lost out as it looked more cramped with or without the extra seats in use.
Touran - SWMBO said she didn't like the look of it...and that was that.
The C4...looked great but being new and French (sorry for the generalisation) I was concerning about electrical gremlins and depreciation.
However, the real clincher was the sliding doors.
With two small children less than 3 yrs old the sliding doors are really useful. I can't find another mid-sized MPV with this feature.
As said before, if you are looking to buy make sure the toe-in had been adjusted as per service bulletin CR039.
Driven a New petrol Verso for a couple of days. It felt well planted on the road and suspension was good. However it gobbled fuel at motorway speeds, so the diesel is a must.
The controls on the dash looked a little complex but a minor gripe. My main problem was parking the car - driver visibility is terrible especially if reversing, so parking sensors are a must have.
When I was looking about 6 months ago (finally went for an S-Max) I really liked to Verso. It seemed well built and drove nicely.
I also like the Mazda 5 until I realised that they don't offer cruise control. It was a company car so i couldn't add a third party CC and doing 40,000 motorway miles a year went it was a no-no for the Mazda.
You can't have a Mazda 5 automatic; you can't have a Verso diesel automatic, and the petrol verso is sluggish and thirsty; you can't have a Ford C-Max auto (yet); you can ONLY have a C4 Picasso 2.0 diesel with a semi-automatic.......what sort of goons do they employ as market researchers?
Fortunately the VW Touran comes with diesel and DSG - it looks like a van but the up-side of that is good visibility.
You can't have a Mazda 5 automatic; you can't have a Verso diesel automatic, and the petrol verso is sluggish and thirsty; you can't have a Ford C-Max auto (yet); you can ONLY have a C4 Picasso 2.0 diesel with a semi-automatic.......what sort of goons do they employ as market researchers? Fortunately the VW Touran comes with diesel and DSG - it looks like a van but the up-side of that is good visibility.
Are you sure about mazda 5 ? I think we mazda 5 auto 2.0 petrol is available.
I want to change my Corolla Verso. I was thinking of upgrading to a 2.2 diesel Verso but have seen the Mazda 5 2.0d which looks good. This would be the main car for a family of 4. Anybody with expereince of running both back to back or any views?
I can wholeheartedly recommend a new 2.0d Verso but not the 2.2d engine which in all guises has major issues requiring replacement engines.
MINI has revised the Countryman with slight tweaks to the exterior styling and improved engines for better fuel economy. The revised car is priced from £16,990 and will be available to order from June.