The New Mazda5: On Sale From 22 July 2005 | Part Three

Mazda5

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Powertrains - Spirited and Frugal

The Mazda5, which employs transversely-mounted engines driving the front wheels, features two MZR petrol engines with a five-speed gearbox. Both engines comply with Euro 4 emission standards. Both the 16-valve DOHC petrol engines deliver linear, spirited power and good torque with low consumption. The 1.8-litre produces 115ps, while the 2.0-litre, which has a variable induction system to maximise engine efficiency, generates 145ps.

Performance with Economy

Sleek aerodynamics and moderate vehicle weight enable the Mazda5 to achieve highly competitive combinations of performance and fuel economy. Acceleration from 0 to 62mph takes 10.8 seconds for the 2.0-litre model and 11.4 for the 1.8-litre, while top speeds are 122mph and 113mph respectively.

On the combined cycle, fuel economy is frugal at 35.8mpg for the 1.8-litre and 34.5mpg for the 2.0-litre petrol, with CO2 ratings at 190g/km and 198g/km respectively. All models have a 60 litre fuel tank which gives Mazda5 an estimated range of 430 to 530 miles between fill-ups - depending on model and driving style and terrain.

Chassis - Stable, Predictable and Fun

Mazda5 designers created a body structure that effectively resists distorting in all regular driving situations - despite the wide opening sliding side doors and large rear tailgate. The stiff bodyshell has enormous benefits for the vehicle’s handling, crash safety, refinement and NVH.

Mazda5’s suspension system was designed and tuned to resist the higher body roll potentially generated by its relatively tall body. It also provides a well-judged balance between rigidity and precise road feedback for maximum driving fun, and the cushioned stability needed for a comfortable ride with up to seven people on board.

The MacPherson strut front suspension and rear multi-link system are optimised for superior road holding, while accommodating the broad variation in weights of passengers and luggage that will be possible in the ‘seats-up-to-seven’ Mazda5.

Safety: On-road Confidence

Mazda5 delivers predictable, stable and safe handling under the toughest of driving conditions, and adds a host of active and passive safety technologies to inspire a feeling of on-road confidence including six airbags, ABS anti-lock braking, EBD electronic brake-force distribution and EBA emergency brake assist.

Published 20 July 2005 Melanie Carter

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