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By Ketan Patel

Mazda 5 Venture Edition 2012 Review

Great news for Mazda enthusiasts in Britain as the car manufacturer has recently announced their plans on launching a Mazda 5 Venture Edition 2012 in the UK later this year. The new variant boasts more features than before and more customization options, alongside standard features that include gun metal finish alloy wheels and the Sanyo TomTom Navigation system.

The Mazda 5 is not the only model that will receive the same treatment however, because the car maker plans on launching the Mazda 3 Venture Edition at the same time as its larger sibling.

The new trim level will be based on the existing TS2 and that means the Mazda 5 Venture Edition will be offered with one of two engines. The first choice will be the 1.6 liter diesel engine that develops 114 horsepower and the more powerful 2.0 liter petrol engine developing 148 horsepower.

In terms of aesthetics the new trim level adds a new set of side skirts, tinted windows, front fog lights, a rear spoiler and a new front grille. A new set of gun metal alloy wheels are also included, measuring 16 inches on the Mazda 5 and 17 inches on the Mazda 3.

On the interior the Venture Edition adds the cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and sat-nav on both the Mazda 3 and 5, but where the 3 receives heated sport seats the 5 will instead receive a Piano Black center console.

In case you're looking for a family car then the Mazda 5 is the one you might be interested in. It has a wheelbase of 2,750mm resulting in plenty of space and three rows of seats. The third row of seats can also be split 50/50 and be folded flat on the floor. Cargo space is 1,485 when loaded to the roof or 857 when loaded to the belt line.

Other features that you will find in the Venture Edition includes front, side and curtain airbags, traction control, cruise control, dynamic stability control, remote central locking, a CD radio with iPod connectivity and six speakers as well as a Thatcham Category 1 alarm.

Price wise the Mazda 5 Venture edition will set you back £19,995 for the 2.0 liter petrol engine, whereas the diesel 1.6 liter version will cost £21,290. In case the 5 is not really what you were looking for then you should take a look at some alternatives such as the Ford Escape or the Honda Odyssey.

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  • Four Mazda3 and Mazda5 ‘Venture Edition’ models priced from £17,495 (OTR)
  • Featuring sports styling kit and gun metal finish alloy wheels
  • Sanyo TomTom navigation, integrated Bluetooth® and cruise control as standard
  • Choice of colours; including the unique Dolphin Grey Mica, plus petrol or diesel engines
  • From launch, Low-rate Representative 0% APR and 5.9% APR finance are available until 30 September 2012

To offer British motorists even greater style and value this summer Mazda is introducing four special versions of its popular Mazda3 and Mazda5 – the ‘Venture Edition’ models, priced from £17,495 (OTR).

On sale now, the new Venture Edition quartet features generous levels of specification including: front fog lights, gun metal alloy wheels, sports front grille, side skirts and rear spoiler and privacy glass.  Inside, there is Sanyo TomTom navigation with 5.8-inch touch-screen display and integrated Bluetooth®, plus climate control air-conditioning and cruise control.

“The arrival of the new Mazda3 and Mazda5 Venture Edition models, with their unique combination of advanced technology, sports styling, a premium interior and great added value, will attract new consumers to our showrooms,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.

“Both the Mazda3 and Mazda5 feature attractive styling and deliver a dynamic and engaging drive, with strongly performing petrol and diesel engines, plus finely tuned suspension and steering, and a top quality spacious and practical interior.  With competitive fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, together with reduced running costs and Mazda’s outstanding Japanese-style build quality and legendary reliability, the Venture Edition models make great ownership prospects,” adds Allibon.

Based on the Mazda3 TS2, the Venture Edition also gains heated front seats and sports interior – for a modest total premium of £500 above the donor-car.  The Mazda5 Venture Edition is based on the Mazda5 TS2 and benefits from sports styling, a piano-black centre console and iPod® connectivity.  Premium above the donor-car is £630.

Customers buying a Venture Edition model have a choice of responsive and powerful engines.  The Mazda3 is available with a 1.6-litre MZR (105ps) petrol engine at £17,495 or a 1.6-litre (115ps) diesel priced at £18,995.  The Mazda5 comes with a 2.0-litre (150ps) MZR petrol engine for £19,995 or a 1.6-litre (115ps) diesel costing £21,290. 

Depending on model, fuel economy can be as high as 65.7mpg (combined cycle) and CO2 emissions as low as 115 g/km – for diesel Mazda3.

Specifications across the Mazda range are extremely generous and standard equipment for the Mazda3 and Mazda5 Venture Edition models includes: front, side and curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Cruise control, remote central locking and dead locks.  The cabin’s feature driver’s seat height adjustment, leather steering wheel with audio controls, CD radio with iPod® connectivity, six audio speakers and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm to keep everything secure.

With its unusually long wheelbase (2,750mm) and sliding rear doors, the Mazda5 Venture Edition makes an ideal family car with seating for up to seven.  It is an immensely capable load carrier, with Mazda’s unique Karakuri cabin versatility, third row seats which split 50/50 and fold flat to the floor, and a cargo volume of 857 litres when loaded to the belt line and 1,485 litres loaded to the roof.


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