Mazda’s latest 5 MPV, whose predecessor we were moderately fond of, made its UK debut towards the end of last year, albeit only in petrol form.
Now, though, it’s available as a diesel as well. Which, given that this 1.6-litre diesel version has a claimed fuel consumption figure some 35 per cent better than either the 1.8 or 2.0 petrol models, ought to make it yet more competitive.
Like its predecessor, the 5 is a medium-segment MPV, seating up to seven. Unusually for this sector, the 5 features sliding rear doors, a functional minivan trend followed by none of the Mazda’s major rivals, except, in its latest generation, Ford’s Grand C-Max.
Only recently we awarded the Ford a four-and-a-half-star rating in our road test and it subsequently made it onto the shortlist for the European Car of the Year. We’ll see if a similar outcome awaits the Mazda.