Mazda5 gets 1.6-litre diesel engine

Mazda has revealed that its Mazda5 MPV is now available as a diesel version, complete with a 1.6-litre engine.

Previous Mazda5 models include the 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engine versions. This latest diesel addition has been called a "best kept secret" by one used-car valuation specialist.

According to CAP, it is expected that the Sport model will still fetch 32% of its value after running 60,000 miles and after being on the road for three years. It also predicts that the TS2 will retain 31% of its value.

The Mazda5 could prove popular with drivers concerned about the environment, as the car emits just 138g/km of CO2, an impressive figure for the MPV market.

Jeff Knight, monitor editor at CAP, said: "The New Mazda5 is the latest model in the range to receive the Nagare design language treatment. The vehicle also boasts the versatile Karakuri seating system giving the option of a seventh seat or a storage compartment.

"Additionally, both trim levels have key items of enhanced specification in comparison to the previous model range.

"All of that should prove popular in the fleet market when combined with the new 1.6D 115ps engine that emits 138g/km of CO2 as it makes the vehicle highly competitive within the medium MPV sector."

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