Mazda 5 1.8 TS – Road Tests – Motoring – The Independent

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Mazda 5

Mazda’s designers have ‘the flowing elements in nature’. How very topical.

Not does a new car reveal an entirely design idea, but the Mazda 5 This middle-sized, seven-seater MPV has the extraordinary wave designs into its side panels, as they are made not of sheet but of marble, perhaps, or plaster.

are these waves all about, They are the expression of Mazda’s new language”, named Nagare and to represent the “flowing elements in nature” (air blowing water, wind-formed sand that sort of thing. Or, snowdrifts).

This has been a on Mazda’s motor show for a while, but the Mazda 5 is the first car to it into the real world.

Whether sheet metal be shaped into something so non-sheet-metallic is questionable. To me, it makes the car less solid and substantial, but I’ll come round to the What is undeniable is that the look helps disguise the and bulk of the Mazda 5’s flanks.

obvious visual novelties are the front air intake, the horizontal which wrap around the corners and the impression of continuous from side windows to window. Previously the rear formed the rear pillars and a simpler, cleaner look. time it’s all about flamboyance.

It’s certainly

A key Mazda 5 attribute has always its middle row of seats, another has the sliding rear doors. has changed much for the new model, the 5 has had the compliment of imitation paid to it by new Grand C-Max.

Anyway, the are very clever. The centre, seat can be folded out of the way to create an corridor to the rear seats, themselves fold flat the floor if you need a bigger You lift the cushion of the right-hand seat, and into the space you flip the middle seat’s The middle

backrest can then be out of the way for rear access, or folded to create a table or armrest. open the cushion of the left-hand, seat reveals a storage which can now take up a position the “table”. The middle-row seats slide, recline and fold as you would expect.

Doors? Just the top “Sport” gets electric power for the which is quite slow to but you can hurry things along by the doors yourself. This is with the non-powered doors you don’t have a motor to Once open, the doors there even when the is pointing downhill.

Sport also gives you bigger various bits of racy-looking addenda, leather seats front pair heated) and a few trinkets, none really having.

In fact the entry-level TS version is also an intermediate TS2) is well equipped for £17,695, and has all you could reasonably need. The TS2 automatic wipers, automatic a few more electronic toys, and nasty “privacy” blacked-in glass, which is horribly and sabotages the Nagare look by up the window area.

Trouble is, the people have contrived to that the TS comes only the simplest 1.8-litre, 115bhp which does an adequate job but struggle on hills when seven-up. The new 2.0-litre, 150bhp is preferable and, thanks to a alert stop-start system, it has a CO2 figure instead of 168. is also a 1.6-litre diesel, I haven’t tried yet.

As for the driving, the new Mazda 5 is quieter and pleasant. It steers crisply but it responds keenly in bends soaking up bumps, and it feels more agile than its suggests. No change there, the Mazda 5 always was an unusually drive.

Now it’s more and it looks more strange. is in the eye, and so on, but I think I preferred it the way it

Mazda 5

The Rivals

Citroën Grand C4 1.6 VTR: £17,745. 120bhp,

Looks almost space-age its panoramic windscreen. Comfortable to be in, uninspiring to drive.

Ford Grand C-Max 1.6 £18,745. 125bhp, 159g/km.

New comes in two sizes; longer, Grand blends Mazda 5 with sharper dynamics, but space.

Toyota Verso 1.6 T2 £17,453. 130bhp, 153g/km.

but striking styling, restful lots of room. Best and lowest CO2 of rivals here, and value.

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