Mazda has updated its popular MPV, the Mazda5, with a new transmission as well as slight exterior and interior improvements.
Three models encompass the new range with Original, Active and Individual the new trim options in ascending order.
The rakishly styled MPV now features a reshaped front grille encompassing a with a more defined five-point shape while a honeycomb mesh finish adds texture to the front styling.
The front bumper has been revised too, and now features an integrated spoiler for improved air-flow. The range topping Individual model features LED embedded rear-light clusters.
Being an MPV, the interior is where most of the updates have manifested themselves - especially considering the Mazda5 having been launched with a distinctly underwhelming interior.
Much of the urban practicality of the Mazda5 has been gathered form its sliding doors, enabling passenger to enter and debus the MPV even in tight spaces without risk of door damage.
The sliding rear doors now have electrically powered operation as standard on the Individual derivative. The seven-seat Karakuri versatility system remains unchanged.
Equipment levels are good, with even the entry level Original featuring 15" alloy wheels, power mirrors, manual air conditioning, front power windows and a radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and an auxiliary audio jack.
A six-disc CD-shuttle, leather trim and cruise control are now standard on the top of line Individual model.
All three trim derivatives are powered by an upgraded version of the 2-litre four-cylinder MZR engine. It produces 107kW at 6 000r/min and peak torque of 185Nm at 4 500r/min - the engine has been revised with the introduction of an electronic throttle.
The most significant mechanical upgrade has been the introduction of a six-speed manual gearbox to replace the five-speed version, which adds flexibility whilst improving economy.
Regarding dynamic safety all models are equipped with ABS, EBA and EBD as standard, whilst dynamic stability and traction control are only standard on the Individual.
All three new Mazda5 models will benefit from the new extended warranty plan, ensuring Mazda5 offers a 4-year/120 000km warranty, 5-year/90 000km service plan and 3-year roadside assistance. Service intervals are every 15 000km.
Mazda5 2.0 Original R 206 990.00
Mazda5 2.0 Active R 216 990.00
Mazda5 2.0 Individual R 246 990.00