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The updated Mazda5 offers flexibility, space, and versatility of an MPV, but with the personality of a sporty small car.

28 Feb 2014

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15 years ago, in 1999, the Mazda Premacy was introduced and it wasn't until in 2005 when the second generation Premacy was rebadged as the Mazda5.

Five years later, the third generation Mazda5 debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show with revised styling based on Mazda's 'Nagare' design language.

For the 2014 model year, just like the rest of the other models such as the new Biante, the Mazda5 receives a SkyActiv update.

Mazda has decided to up the ante and give the Mazda5 a new drivetrain, though the sheet metal could use an update too

Up close and Personal

Standing at 4,585mm by 1,750mm by 1,615mm (L x W x H), the Mazda5 is the smallest in Mazda's lineup of MPVs, as compared to the bigger Biante and Mazda8.

The Mazda5 wears the company's short-lived 'Nagare' styling theme, which has since been overtaken by the 'KODO: Soul Of Motion' concept on newer models instead.

These sleek 'Nagare' surfaces had much promise, such as the intersecting creases and triple flow swirls on the door panels, but were spoiled (for some of us) by awkward fenders and grinning grilles.

The cabin of the Mazda5 sports a sleek, simple and modern dash layout, with the exception of a centre console that is heavily packed with buttons.

However, this is a small quibble considering the fact that these controls are easy to reach and use, allowing the driver feel at ease behind the wheel.

Sliding doors may be common on MPVs now, but Mazda was one of the first to introduce them with the Mazda5

Practicality, being one of the most important aspects in a people mover, is also a key characteristic in the Mazda5. The second row slides independently and Mazda's innovative Karakuri technology allows the middle seat to be folded to make a handy walkway through to the last row.

Should you decide to have more storage space, the third row can be folded for a bigger 426 litres of cargo capacity. Loading and unloading can also be done with much convenience with its low boot sill.

Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line DOHC SKYACTIV-G

Engine Cap





111kW (149 bhp) / 6500 rpm



190 Nm / 4500 rpm



6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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