The used Mazda 5 is the perfect multi-purpose vehicle for those who resent driving an MPV
The used Mazda 5 is the perfect multi-purpose vehicle for those who resent driving an MPV. This is due to the 5's impressive handling characteristics which, considering the class, are sporty and responsive. This is evident from the steering which is sharper than a Stanley knife and gives more feedback than a reality show judge. This complements the 5's noteworthy traction, excellent body control, and composed posture.Despite its sporty aspirations the Mazda 5 is still a practical family workhorse. Top of the range models can carry up to seven people, all of whom can easily access their seats thanks to the sliding 'van style' rear doors. Once inside the occupants benefit from a variety of safety features. These include the six air bags, plus electronic brake force distribution, and traction/stability control. These factors combined to earn the Mazda 5 the maximum five Euro NCAP safety stars for adult occupant protection. Engine-wise the Mazda 5 sticks to moderately powered family favourites. These include the 1.8-litre 113bhp petrol variant that propels the 5 to 60mph in 10.9 seconds, and returns a combined average of 37mpg. Alternatively, a more versatile choice is the 2.0-litre 140bhp diesel that averages 44mpg, and hits 60mph in 10.1 seconds. Not fast, but the 5's excellent handling compensates. This capable multi-purpose vehicle was introduced in 2005, so there are now plenty of examples on the second hand market. According to Motoring.co.uk's database, prices for the used Mazda 5 start at roughly £8,000. Not bad for a sporty parent taxi that is among the best in class.