Mazda 5 Premacy Second generation
|Also called||Mazda5 Ford i-MAX|
|Assembly||Hiroshima, Japan Taiwan (Ford Lio Ho)|
|Body style||Compact MPV|
|Platform||Mazda CR platform|
|Engine||1.8 L MZR I4 2.0 L MZR I4 2.3 L MZR I4 2.0 L MZ-CD Diesel I4|
|Transmission||4-speed/5-speed automatic 5-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm (108 in)|
|Length||181.5 in (4,610 mm) Japanese domestic market: 4,505 mm (177.4 in) JDM S: 179.3 in (4,554 mm)|
|Width||69.1 in (1,755 mm)|
|Height||64.2 in (1,631 mm) Japanese domestic market/Europe: 1,665 mm (65.6 in)|
|Related||Mazda3 Ford Focus (Euro Mk.2) Ford Focus C-MAX Volvo S40|
The new model has been for sale since summer 2005. It is now sold as the Mazda5 in all markets apart from Japan. While classified by Mazda as a mid-sized wagon, it competes with other vehicles classed as Compact MPVs in Europe, and is viewed as a mini-minivan in the United States. It is based on Ford's global C1 platform, meaning it shares many parts with the Mazda3. The Mazda5 replaced the Mazda MPV as Mazda's minivan offering in most export markets.
The Mazda5's closest relative is the European compact MPV, Ford Focus C-MAX, though the Mazda5 uses minivan-style sliding doors in the rear while the Ford has four conventional front-hinged doors. This version of the vehicle was also introduced for sale in the United States, making it the first compact minivan in that market since the 1994 Mitsubishi Expo (in the United States) and 1995 Nissan Axxess (in Canada). The Mazda5 is marginally larger than the 1984–1989 Toyota Van. Competition joined the North American MPV market in 2006 with Mercedes-Benz's B200 (in Canada and Mexico) and in 2007 Kia Motors followed suit with the 2007 Kia Rondo (in the United States and Canada).
In North America, due to safety regulations, the Mazda5 fits six passengers using three rows of seats, with two seats per row. Elsewhere, it is sold as a seven seater using Mazda's "Karakuri Seating System", which means the car has three rows of two seats, with the seventh seat a fold away jump seat in the centre of the middle row. The Mazda5 has three-point seat belts on all seven seats.
The middle row of seats recline and slide front-to-rear, and fold flat. The rear row also folds flat.
For the 2006 model year Mazda offered fewer Mazda5 options than in other markets. The North American version lacked the front-to-back roof rails that were included as standard in other markets. Other notable Mazda5 options not offered in North America included a back-up camera, power-assist side doors and even a choice of engine (2.3 L only). A second-row DVD entertainment system was eventually offered as a dealer installed add-on. Mazda produced a limited number of Mazda5 units featuring all-wheel-drive but this version was not made available outside of Japan for the 2006 model year.
Cabin & Luggage
|Luggage Capacity||112 litres|
|Unbraked Towing Weight||600kg|
|Braked Towing Weight||1600kg|
For 2008, the Mazda Premacy/Mazda5 received a mid-cycle refresh with updated front bumper, wheels and rear LED lights for Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The automatic gearbox was updated to five-speed. The interior received a few changes to the dash including luminescent gauges, an updated radio control layout with auxiliary input, a rear A/C vent, and center console, and a full set of armrests for the first and second seating rows on North American models. Mazda first released the 2008 Mazda Premacy in Japan, with other markets to follow.
For 2010, Mazda added electronic stability control and traction control to the Mazda5, safety features that were formerly cited as oversights on the vehicle.
The wheelbase is 2,750 mm (108 in) with an overall length of 4,610 mm (181 in). For the Japanese domestic market it is C model/F model – 4,505 mm (177.4 in) / S model – 4,565 mm (179.7 in).
- 1.8 L MZR I4, 85 kW (116 PS/114 hp)
Power 113 bhp Top Speed 113 mph 0-60 mph 10.9 secs Torque 165 Nm, 122 ft-lb CO2 Emissions 179 g/km Euro Emissions Standard 4 Miles Per Tank 488 miles
- 2.0 L MZR I4, 110 kW (150 PS/148 hp)
Power 143 bhp Top Speed 121 mph 0-60 mph 9.9 secs Torque 185 Nm, 136 ft-lb CO2 Emissions 187 g/km Euro Emissions Standard 4 Miles Per Tank 462 miles
- 2.3 L MZR I4, 117 or 119 kW (159–162 PS/157-159 hp)
- 2.0 L MZR-CD I4 Diesel, 89 or 105 kW (105–143 PS/103-141 hp)
Power 140 bhp Top Speed 122 mph 0-60 mph 10.6 secs Torque 360 Nm, 266 ft-lb CO2 Emissions 159 g/km Euro Emissions Standard 4 Miles Per Tank 607 miles
The Mazda5 was named "Best New Multipurpose Family Vehicle" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. Consumer Reports ranked the Mazda5 as the best "tall wagon" in their test, though the car failed to gain a "recommended" rating due to unknown reliability.
In April, 2006, the Japan New Car Assessment Program (J-NCAP) awarded the Mazda5 a maximum six-star rating for front-occupant crash worthiness. In Europe, the Mazda5 was awarded a maximum five-star "adult occupant" safety rating in September 2005 by the Euro-NCAP.