Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gimme Seven to Fit into This Motor; BILL McCARTHY Drives the Mazda5 1.8 TS2 and Finds It the Kind of Car That Will Appeal to a Medium-Sized Family

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gimme Seven to Fit into This Motor; BILL McCARTHY Drives the Mazda5 1.8 TS2 and Finds It the Kind of Car That Will Appeal to a Medium-Sized Family

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Byline: BILL McCARTHY

THOSE clever people from Mazda seem to have done it again. Not content with producing yet another sharp-looking, well-priced motor, the Japanese car maker has even added its own moniker to the MPV sector. The Mazda5 isn't an MPV as such, says the company, it's a C-MAV (Compact-Multi Activity Vehicle)

Whatever the company chooses to call it, this is a medium-sized people carrier that thinks its a full-size model, and features a smart design, legendary Mazda reliability and a bargain-basement price.

It's nominally a seven-seater, but three of those seats would only suit child re n, particularly the third row.

But this is still the kind of car that will appeal to a mediumsized family.

The "theatre-style" seating has each row of seats mounted a little higher than the row in front to give passengers better vision.

The two main second row seats, which slide and recline, can be double-folded without removing their headrests to create a flat load area.

They feature a one touch lever which automatically tips the seat back forward and slides the cushion to its front-most position to allow access to the third row.

The third row seats are split 50:50, can be tipped forward individually and drop on to the cushion to form a flat load surface.

With all seats in place, boot space is limited to 112 litres, but this increases to 426 litres with the rearmost seats removed and up to a maximum of 857 litres - depending on the number of seats in use

Extra stowage comes via a total of 40 storage compartments, including 10 cup holders.

Access to the rear seats comes via manual sliding doors, which are also a boon in tight parking spaces, but as with all cars with sliding doors, care needs to be taken when exiting the vehicle roadside. …

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