Sliding Doors (The Film) Or A 2014 Mazda 5 Review?
The Mazda 5 smacks of the sporty side of its manufacturer. This model has been designed for a sharper negotiation with the modified steering system. They threw in lightweight stabilisers and increased spring rates to give this car’s suspension an edge and capacity for its stability at speed.
This MPV is powered by either by petrol or diesel, a choice range for the motorist’s preferences in mind. The favourite is the 2.0-litre DISI petrol unit which, fitted with i-Stop stop/start technology, is a 148bhp engine that will sprint the body from 0 to 62mph in a remarkable 11 seconds! Alternatively, you can go for the 1.8-litre petrol engine which churns out 113bhp. This one takes 12.8 seconds to do a 0-62mph sprint. There is also the diesel engine, a 1.6-litre affair with 115bhp.
Design and Build
Design-wise, Mazda opted to remain a little conservative on the Mazda 5. However, its outlook has been livened up with a bold streak in its detail. This is a big boy in the compact MPV section. It has a 2,750mm is wheelbase on its 4,585mm length.
Mazda have adorned this MPV with its trademark sporty headlights. The bumper is a good workout of the grille and air-intake in the centre that grins at the on-coming fellow. However, the real business in its unique design is exhibited by the two lines that artistically flow up over the front wheel arches and waves down the flanks. You will recall this trademark design in such other models as the Furai.
In all fairness, the 2014 Mazda 5 is a very attractive MPV, especially when you turn to the new styling – the sliding doors. This is a convenient addition to the car, a great feature where you have children dashing in and out. In cases where you need to reach out to the kids in the back seats and buckle them up, the sliding doors make it more of a handy feature with great elegance. As if that wasn’t enough convenience, some versions of the Mazda 5 have these sliding doors powered by electric motors.
Although there is a 5-seat option, the 2014 Mazda 5 is generally a 7-seater, giving all the rear seats folding capability. The seats are wide for enhanced comfort. It gives you a sizable luggage space below the parcel shelf, about 434 litres capacity, with the third row seats down. However, you can have more space, about 1,485 litres when you fold the second and third rows.
Market and Model
Appreciating the undisputable fact that safety is most paramount in an MPV, as much as it is in any car for that matter, the Mazda 5 design takes into great consideration the safety of both the occupant and the pedestrian. With strengthened door impact beams, this MPV is built on a special energy absorbing structure and its interior is especially designed to prevent neck injury in case of an accident.
It is also fitted with Mazda’s innovative ESS Emergency Stop Signal. By rapidly flashing lights, the ESS is designed to warn motorists behind of any sudden braking.
Cost of Ownership
Mazda worked well on this 2014 Mazda 5 model’s aerodynamics by etching flowing lines on the exterior, itself a sleek design that makes this MPV attractively sporty. It’s a good buy for growing family; especially that performance is not compromised by its fuel economy. The 2.0-litre DISI petrol unit roles at 41mpg, thanks to its i-Stop stop/start technology. On the other hand, you would do 39mpg with the 1.8-litre petrol engine, emitting CO2 at 168g/km. this is in contrast to the 2.0-litre model that lets out CO2 emissions of 159g/km. A good option still would definitely be 1.6-litre diesel variant. It churns out 115bhp and will run for 54.3mpg on the combined cycle, letting out CO2 emissions at 138g/km.
Although it’s “people carrier,” this 2014 Mazda 5 is a classy MPV with a sleek and curvy design that gives it beauty and capacity. The sliding doors a cool feature on this car. With a seating capacity of up to seven people and equipped with sharp driving dynamics, the 2014 Mazda 5 is a compact MPV to reckon with.
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