The new Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 Venture Edition models are on sale now, priced from £17,495 and boasting an impressive equipment specification.
The Japanese firm is introducing a quartet of Venture Edition special edition vehicles, with the smaller 3 family hatchback receiving a choice of two engines: a 105bhp 1.6-litre petrol or a 115bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel.
The larger Mazda 5 hatch also gets a choice of two motors, including the firm’s 150bhp 2.0-litre petrol and the same 1.6 diesel as the Mazda 3 Venture Edition.
The most fuel-efficient power plant is the 115bhp diesel – in the Mazda3 it’ll return an impressive 65.7mpg combined with CO2 emissions of just 115g/km, equating to £30 annual road tax. This rises to an average of 54.3mpg with 138g/km CO2 emissions in the 5; that’s still very impressive for a roomy seven-seater.
Both vehicles are based on the respective range’s TS2 trim level and feature heated front seats, Sanyo TomTom integrated satellite navigation, Bluetooth as well as climate and cruise control.
The Mazda 5 also receives the same level of equipment and gets the signature Venture Edition bodykit, alongside the Mazda 3. This includes front fog lights, gun metal alloy wheels, a sports front grille, side skirts and rear spoiler and tinted rear glass. Both cars also get iPod connectivity fitted as standard.
Prices for the Mazda3 start at £17,495 for the petrol engine variant, rising to £18,995 for the diesel, marking a £500 premium over the standard car and only a marginal increase in price given its superb specification.
Buyers can pick up a Mazda5 for £19,995 with the 2.0-litre petrol motor – the diesel costs a further £1,285. Again, given the burgeoning equipment package, a £630 increase over the TS2 specification vehicle represents excellent value for money.