The third derivative in the Mazda5 range follows the 1.8- and 2.0-litre petrol versions released in autumn 2010.
Delivering 115bhp, the turbo diesel model is the greenest model in the range based on CO2 emissions with official figures of 138g/km. This equates to £110 per year VED as part of tax band E.
The diesel model is available in both TS2 and Sport specifications and is priced at £20,650 and £21,950 respectively.
TS2 models add rear parking sensors, privacy glass, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing automatic headlights to the standard TS trim.
At the top of the range, Sport models add 17" alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, power sliding rear doors, leather seat trim, heated front seats, front fog lights, tyre pressure monitoring system and some body coloured side skirts and a dark silver front grille for the exterior.
The Mazda5 has been designed using Mazda’s now dropped Nagare design language, which is responsible for the distinctive flowing lines down the flanks.
The design, along with low running costs, has put the Mazda6 ahead of the Ford Grand C-Max, Peugeot 5008 and Renault Grand Scenic in terms of residual values, according to residual value experts CAP.
The 1.6-litre diesel in Sport specification will retain 32 per cent of its value after three years or 60,000 miles, more than MPVs from rival manufacturers and Mazda believes this could appeal to the fleet market.
Mazda Fleet and Remarketing Director Peter Allibon said: "Once again the experts are forecasting strong residual value and competitive wholelife cost figures for another Mazda model. Added to a CO2 figure of below 140g/km we anticipate the new 1.6D will prove popular with fleet operators and company car drivers."
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