We’d steer potential Mazda 5 buyers towards the TS2 rather than the Sport specification of the 1.6 diesel Mazda 5, unless leather seats are a real priority. It misses very little else from the standard kit list. Even the entry-level car with the 1.8 petrol engine gets a decent roster of kit – the all important air-con plus electric windows all round, alloy wheels and plenty of safety equipment.
TS2 adds privacy glass, rear parking sensors, climate control and Bluetooth. The 5 comes respectably equipped in Sport trim, including those leather seats (of average feel), cruise and climate control and parking sensors. Like most Mazdas, the 5 is relatively light on options; you can’t get factory-fit sat-nav. Given the cheapness and excellence of many aftermarket nav systems, that is no bad thing
Against the 1.6 diesel’s natural rivals (Ford’s Grand C-Max in 1.6 TDCi Zetec trim and a Peugeot 5008 1.6 HDi Sport, all three of which share some engine components, interestingly), the 5 Sport looks a little pricey. The Ford looks like the bargain of the trio. However, the 5 – as befits a car that will sell in more limited numbers and to fewer fleets – is also predicted to retain more of its value than the other two, making it marginally cheaper to run over that time.