New Mazda5 prices and specification details

Featuring a low roofline, Mazda’s new distinctive front end and flowing, wave-like lines along the sides, the compact seven-seat MPV is one of the best-looking models in segment.

Mazda has working hard to make the Mazda5 look ‘sportier’ and the revamped exterior matched the more premium interior including a cockpit design with new black fabric and upholstery options.

Inside, the practicality of the MPV remains from the outgoing 2005 model. Three rows of seats can fit seven, and the rear two rows can be folded to increase luggage space.

Mazda has designed the interior with practicality in mind, with over 40 different cubby holes and storage solutions available inside.

Sliding doors provide easier rear access, and the driving dynamics have been improved to make the cabin quieter and the ride for comfortable at high speeds.

Equipment has been increased as well, with a sound system with MP3 compatibility, electric sliding doors and a host of driving enhancements such as electric brake-force distribution, emergency brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control.

Other options, such as a navigation system and entertainment centre with 4GB of memory, are available on higher trim levels.

Mazda5 drivers have the choice of a 1.8-litre or a new 2.0-litre petrol engine, the latter delivering a 120mph top speed but with lower emissions of around 158g/km because of a new direct-injection and start-stop system.

The diesel option is a 2.0-litre unit and is expected to be a popular choice because of its low emissions of just 138g/km.

The Mazda5 MPV, the only model built by Mazda using the flowing design language, is available in eight exterior colours and comes with the option of 16 of 17" alloy wheels.

Prices start at just under £18,000, with top of the range diesel models priced at £21,000.