The Mazda5, the new C-MAV (C-segment Multi-Activity Vehicle) is on sale from 22 July 2005 from Mazda showrooms throughout the UK priced from £14,300 to £17,950 for the petrol versions, with diesel models following later this year, starting from £15,900.

The all-new Mazda5 will offer customers an eight-strong model range with a choice of four powertrains and four equipment levels. All eight will feature a regular six-seat layout – with the flexibility of a stowable seventh seat – which focuses on the interior’s central space to promote good communication between all occupants.

Thanks to Mazda’s innovative karakuri seating system this central space can be easily re-arranged to make room for up to seven. With class-leading twin sliding rear doors, genuine Mazda driving fun and a stylish design, the new Mazda5 introduces fresh Zoom-Zoom attributes to an increasingly popular segment of the UK market.

Prices start at £14,300 on-the-road for the entry-level Mazda5 1.8-litre TS petrol version, which produces 115ps at 5,300rpm and 165Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, while the TS2 model is priced at £15,100 on-the-road. The more powerful MZR 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 145ps at 6,000rpm and 185Nm of torque at 4,500rpm and is priced at £16,300 for the petrol Sport model and £17,950 for the Sport Nav model.

A 2.0-litre diesel engine available in 110ps and 143ps power outputs will follow later in the year priced from £15,900 on-the-road.

Mazda is offering a highly competitive equipment list with manual air-conditioning, a single CD audio system, electric front windows and electric/heated door mirrors, plus Thatcham Category 1 alarm fitted as standard on all models. Customers purchasing the TS2 trim level will benefit from fold-away picnic tables, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, roof rails and a leather rimmed steering wheel as part of the package.

Those customers purchasing top of the range Sport models will enjoy Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS) as well as the comfort and convenience of a six-CD autochanger and climate control air-conditioning coupled with stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, dark tinted privacy glass and a rear spoiler to enhance the exterior look.

The Mazda Sport Nav model adds the convenience of DVD Satellite Navigation and a rear parking camera meaning getting lost and awkward parking can both be things of the past.

Mazda5 has a sleek, sweeping, wedge-shaped exterior with sophisticated detailing, minimal panel gaps and high build quality for a stylish and clean appearance and efficient aerodynamics. The twin sliding rear doors are designed for easy operation by an adult using one hand. These doors hug the sides of the vehicle when open and create a 700 mm wide opening for easy entry and exit – even for third row passengers. Mazda5’s lightweight tailgate is also designed to deliver superior convenience with a two-stage opening mechanism for people of all heights to use with ease.

In a matter of seconds, and without having to remove or add anything, the regular seating for six over three rows can be converted to accommodate up to seven with a flexible stowable seat. The seventh seat cushion is stored under the nearside second row seat and can be simply folded out into the central space when required.

Mazda5 features ‘theatre-style’ seating with each row of seats mounted a little higher than the row in front. The two regular second row seats, which slide and recline, can be double-folded without removing their headrests to create a flat load area. They feature a one-touch lever which automatically tips the seatback forward and slides the cushion to its front-most position to allow access to the third row.

The third row seats are split 50:50, can be tipped forward individually and drop onto the cushion to form a flat load surface. Behind the seats, the luggage area measures from 112 litres, to 426 litres and up to 857 litres – depending on the number of seats in use. There is a handy 15 litre storage area below the luggage compartment floor and throughout a total of 45 storage compartments including 10 cupholders.

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.

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.

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.

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.