Mazda 5 (2005–2010)

Model History

March 2005

Medium MPV replaces Premacy on same Ford C1 platform as the excellent C-MAX. 7 seats for UK market. All seats fold flat to leave a "virtually flat" floor. Sliding rear side doors. Very versatile interor. 143PS, 360Nm torque 2.0 litre common rail diesel with particulate filter and 6-speed manual box, 116PS 1.8 litre petrol and 145PS 2.0 litre petrol, with 5-speed manual box. Petrol Models July 2005, diesels Jan/Feb 2006. Drives more like a car than any other MPV. 110PS 2.0 litre diesel alternative from 2006.

December 2007

Upgrades for 2008 include revised 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric throttle and sequential valve timing (S-VT), which makes maximum torque available at a lower engine speed (4000rpm) than before for quicker engine response in every gear. Six-speed manual transmission will be fitted as standard and a five-speed automatic now optional.

New front and rear bumpers, new front and rear light clusters, new front grille, new-style 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels, and a choice of seven new exterior colours. The new model retains its excellent aerodynamic efficiency with a Cd of 0.29.

Inside, new DVD navigation system with a 7-inch multifunctional touch screen now integrated into the centre panel, which makes it easier to read and use (6th photo). This system allows drivers to use the Mazda5’s rear-view camera for stress-free parking. Now has auxiliary (AUX) jack and recessed niche at the front of the floor console – for holding, hooking-up and listening to an MP3 player and a new in-dash, 6-CD changer. New Bluetooth mobile phone system with steering wheel-mounted controls is now available.

Several noise-reducing additions, including: a new multi-resonator located around the fresh air intake duct at the base of the windscreen, which lowers the transmission of engine noise, plus strengthened wheel rims and Thinsulate insulation sheeting within the roof liner to reduce road noise. Together, these updates make holding conversations and listening to music, easier and much more enjoyable. New dampers, front and rear, and increased rear toe-in geometry give refined suspension providing enhanced ride comfort and maximum stability when cornering at high speeds and when fully laden. Newly optimised brake booster is introduced to give drivers a quicker and more precise feedback and guarantee excellent and easily modulated brake response.

Every 2008 Mazda5 2008 delivers improved fuel consumption and CO2 levels lowered by between 8 and 11g/km – depending on model – moving the 1.8 petrol and all diesel models down one Road Fund Licence band, producing annual savings of up to £40.

The range-topping duo of Sport Nav models also come with an integrated DVD satellite navigation system, complete with voice control and a 7-inch colour touch-screen monitor, plus a rear-view parking camera with on-screen parking guidance.

Every model in the 2008 Mazda5 line-up delivers improved fuel consumption and CO2 levels which are lowered by between 8 and 11g/km – depending on model – moving the 1.8 petrol and all diesel models down one Road Fund Licence band, producing annual savings of up to £40.

New Mazda5 – CO2 and RFL Bands

1.8 petrol (115ps) Old 190g/km F / New 182 g/km E

2.0 petrol (146ps) Old 198g/km F / New 187 g/km F

2.0 D (110ps) Old 173g/km E / New 162 g/km D

2.0 D (143ps) Old 173g/km E / New 162 g/km D

European debut Bologna Motor Show, in Italy, on 5 December 2007 and on sale in UK Mazda dealer showrooms during January 2008.

December 2009

Upgraded Mazda5 on sale 1 January 2010 from £17,150 (OTR). Completely revised line-up for its Mazda5 range offering a choice of six models with upgraded equipment. On sale 1 January, new Takara and Furano models replace the previous TS2 and Sport, while a selection of four powertrains and three equipment levels.

Prices for the four petrol and two diesel engined models start from £17,150 and £19,555 (on-the-road) respectively, with the 2-litre petrol automatic transmission variant (priced at £19,650) and the range-topping 143ps Furano diesel costing £21,555 and completing the line-up.

Mazda5 is the only C-MAV with twin sliding rear doors, each with an impressive 700mm door opening, and that convenience is further enhanced by the availability of electric power for these doors (on Furano models). Inside, the upgraded Mazda5 features a uniquely communicative interior – with Mazda’s easy-folding Karakuri seating for up-to-seven people and maximum storage flexibility.

For 2010 Mazda5 buyers can choose between eight body colours – including one solid paint (Brilliant Black), three metallic colours (Aluminium Silver metallic, Copper Red mica, Galaxy Grey mica and Stormy Blue mica), and three exclusive finishes for the Furano (Aurora Blue mica, Crystal White pearlescent and Radiant Ebony mica).

The engines, transmissions and running gear for the upgraded Mazda5 are carried over from the previous model. Both the petrol and diesel engines can be ordered with two power outputs – 115/146ps and 110/143ps, respectively. Two manual transmissions are offered – 5-speed for the 1.8-litre and 6-speed for the 2-litre engines, while the petrol 146ps 2.0-litre engine is also available with a five-speed automatic in the Takara model.

Since 2008, the Mazda5 has been equipped with new dampers, front and rear, and increased rear toe-in geometry, which resulted in a more refined suspension providing enhanced ride comfort and maximum stability when cornering at high speeds and when fully laden.

For the 2010 range, Mazda is ensuring that every Mazda5 is highly specified for its price band. Available from just £17,150 (on-the-road), the single Mazda5 TS model comes with front, side and curtain airbags, plus remote central locking, electric front windows, manual air-conditioning and a radio/single CD with four speakers and 15-inch steel wheels with trim covers.

The three new Takara models bring customers additional equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, and a leather steering wheel and gear knob, creating a premium look and feel. The Karakuri storage box, picnic tables and integrated roof rails further supplement this highly specified model and complement a busy family lifestyle.

Two new Furano models, which come with a choice of 2.0-litre petrol or diesel engine, offer buyers boosted specification with items such as leather trim, powered sliding rear doors, 17-inch alloy wheels, Sports styling kit, dusk sensing auto-lights and rain-sensing auto-wipers.

Naturally, safety is paramount in a family segment vehicle so Mazda have equipped all upgraded Mazda5 models with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) as standard. Further safety enhancements include dynamic stability and traction control systems (DSC and TCS) as standard on the Mazda5 Furano.

What does a Mazda 5 (2005 – 2010) cost?