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the new seven-seater Mazda5 achieves 54.3 mpg

The new seven-seat Mazda5 is now on sale in the UK and is capable of up to 54.3 mpg and 138 g/km CO2.

These are the figures for the 115 PS 1.6-litre turbodiesel; there is also a 115 PS 1.8-litre petrol, and a 150 PS 2.0-litre DISI petrol which comes with i-stop technology as standard. All engines are all Euro Stage 5 compliant and come with six-speed manual transmissions.

The stop/start i-stop system on the 2.0-litre engine helps to improve combined economy by 14.2 percent to 40.9 mpg, and CO2 emissions drop 15 percent to 159 g/km over the outgoing 2.0-litre petrol engine. It can still manage a 0-62 mph time of 11 seconds and a 120 mph top speed. This makes it greener than the smaller 1.8-litre engine, which can only manage 39.2 mpg and 168 g/km CO2.

The economy figures of the 1.6-litre turbodiesel are much better than those achieved by people carriers a few years ago, however they fall slightly short of class-leading seven-seat MPVs such as the Volkswagen Touran BlueMotion Tech at 61.4 mpg.

The Mazda5 also comes with the company’s new Nagare ‘flowing’ styling. It has large, twin sliding rear doors and its seven seats can be flipped and folded to create a variety of load-carrying configurations. The 112-litre loadbay in seven-seat mode can be enlarged to 426 litres in four-seat configuration, while folding all five rear seats flat creates a loadbay of 1,566 litres (floor to roof).

The New Mazda5 arrives in the UK from October 2010, priced from £17,695 to £21,495, and will be available in Mazda’s TS, TS2 and Sport trim levels. Standard equipment levels include six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control System (TCS), two ISOFIX child seat anchor points, air-conditioning, cruise control, a six-speaker CD audio unit and alloy wheels across the range.