Enhanced Mazda5 Venture models launched

The petrol-powered Venture model uses a 2.0-litre unit with 147bhp to boot, allowing the MPV to cover the 0-60mph sprint in 10.6 seconds. It also returns 40mpg and CO2 emissions are recorded at 159g/km

Meanwhile the diesel engine is a 1.6-litre unit delivering 113bhp. While it has a slower 0-60mph time of 13.3 seconds, it is also the more efficient option with an average fuel economy of 54mpg, and CO2 emissions are reduced to just 138g/km.

The real highlights for the Mazda5 Venture models are the new pieces of kit for both exterior and interior.

On the exterior the Mazda5 Venture introduces 17″ alloy wheels, sporty black mirror covers, chrome trim for the exhaust pipe and new power-folding door mirrors with integrated indicator lights. At the back the MPV now also benefits from rear parking sensors and a reversing camera for a considerable boost in safety when pulling of manoeuvres.

All these new features join a list of other standard exterior features previously introduced for the Mazda5, which include a sports front grille, side skirts a rear spoiler and privacy glass.

The number of exterior paint colours for the Mazda5 Venture is increased from four to eight in total. The new colour options include Arctic White, Jet Black, Meteor Grey and Zeal Red.

Inside the Mazda5 Venture now sports Black cloth trim with red stitching to give the cabin a sportier feel, and there’s now also found inside include an auto-dimming interior mirror.

These add-ons join other equipment found on the Venture and other high-range Mazda5 models including Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, climate control, satellite navigation and cruise control.

As with all other models in the Mazda5 range, the Venture is a practical five-door model with three rows of seating for up to seven people. The third row seats split 50/50 and fold flat to the floor, so that cargo volume is 857 litres when loaded to the belt line and 1,485-litres loaded to the roof.

The Mazda5 Venture models are available to UK motorists now from Perrys Mazda Dealerships based in Barnsley, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Portsmouth and Preston.