Mazda has delivered the seven-seat, dramatically styled MPV to Metropolitan Police in Havering for use with the St Andrews Safer Neighbourhood Team.
It will be used to transport officers to neighbour disputes, drugs raids and raids on licensed premises, as well as carrying police to presentations in schools.
Previously, the team has been walking on foot and using bicycles to cover the area, but the delivery of the Mazda5 will increase the area the police can cover.
St Andrews Safer Neighbourhood Sgt Paul Murray said "The Mazda5 is a fantastic vehicle for use on the borough. Having seven seats I can transport my team to drop off points throughout the ward within a matter of minutes rather than relying on public transport."
Two police officers and three PCSO’s currently cover the area, and Murray says the Mazda5 has already ‘generated a lot of interest’ at community and school events.
The Mazda5 boasts seven-seat practicality but unlike many MPVs, features dramatic styling including sweeping ‘waves’ down both sides as part of the ‘Nagare’ design language, which is based on natural flowing lines.
Outlining the low running costs of the Mazda5, Mark Cameron, Sales Director at Mazda UK, said: "Though it was only launched recently, the New Mazda5 is already establishing itself as an attractive proposition to both fleet and private buyers.
"With an unrivalled blend of value, practicality and desirability, we’re sure that the new Mazda5 will be nothing less than an outstanding companion and workhorse for the Havering Met Police."
The Mazda5 is priced from £18,150 for entry-level models and comes with CO2 emissions as low as 138g/km for range-topping diesel versions.