Mazda 5 (2005-2009)

With its Ford Focus roots, the Mazda 5 is great to drive, yet it's comfortable too. Even better, thanks to its long wheelbase, the 5 offers comfort, space and practicality in equal measure. But thanks to a lack of awareness, even though the 5 isn't that common, depreciation can be savage - which only serves to make Mazda's compact MPV more appealing for the used buyer. But despite the Mazda being Japanese, reliability can be an issue.

Key Dates

6/05: The 5 replaces Mazda's slow-selling Premacy, with a choice of 1.8 or 2.0-litre petrol engines, plus a 2.0-litre turbodiesel. Unique in the segment is a set of sliding rear doors.

12/07: The 2.0 petrol models get a six-speed manual gearbox; this transmission had always featured in the diesel models.

2/08: There's now a five-speed auto option for the 2.0 petrol and CO2 emissions for all Mazda 5s are reduced.

1/10: An upgraded 5 offers extra standard kit and improved dynamics.

Mazda 5 (2005-2009) Checklist

  • Post-February 2008 cars are generally more reliable, better equipped and more luxuriously finished.
  • Newer cars also have lower CO2 emissions.
  • This isn't a true seven-seater; it's more of a 6+1 as the central middle seat is narrow.
  • Fuel economy can be an issue; even the diesels aren't always that frugal.
  • The sliding doors can stick, so check they slide freely.
  • Alarm systems can be erratic, usually going off when they shouldn't, sometimes the opposite.
  • Uneven tyre wear is common, especially with 17-inch wheels and Dunlop tyres.
  • The diesel engines can use a lot of oil.
  • Electrical faults are common and batteries can fail altogether.
  • Some interior plastics are flimsy, so they mark or get damaged all easily.

We Like

  • Good dynamically
  • Unusual
  • Good value
  • Well equipped

We Don't Like

  • Early cars unreliable
  • Not a true seven-seater