MPVs are tools of transport. They offer generous space, versatility, with occupant safety high in the list of priorities. Styling is therefore an important factor to set one MPV apart from another, performance less so considering the audience that MPVs attract. But such is the level of competence available from car makers these days, SUVs and MPVs have as much driving dynamics as cars. The Mazda Premacy is one such example.

Sleekness is not usually associated with an MPV, but in Premacy's case, it possesses one of the more slippery shapes around, with a profile that is relatively low slung, if not sporty. Trimmings around the Mazda are all done tastefully (yes, very little of the dreaded chrome bits), and the rear light cluster is especially nice, with no resort to any crystal light treatment, yet looking throughly contemporary. A handsome minivan if you ask us.

Based on the 323 platform, the Premacy slots in between a mini MPV and a full-sized one. While Mazda is happy to point out that its MPV has the capacity to seat seven persons, many buyers of the Premacy will no doubt detach the third row seats altogether to free up room for luggage, since they do not offer much legroom to begin with. We're glad to note that removal and re-attachment of the rear bench is a simple procedure and can be achieved by one person.

Tipping the scales at only 1330kg, the Premacy is considered a lightweight in the league of MPVs. With 130bhp from the 2-litre twin cam four-cylinder engine, the Premacy picks up speed quite effortlessly and builds up a head of steam even after the national speed limit.

The driving experience is akin to a hatchback, but with the bonus of an excellent view out. There is little pronounced roll or dips when pushed, and the damping is relatively firm, which also translates into a less cosseting ride that softer sprung minivans.

More surprising is that the Premacy eschews the trend of locating instrument displays in the centre of the dashboard, though the steering column mounted gear level and foot operated parking brake are obvious cues that it's a minivan.

The gamut of minivans over recent years has many spoilt for choice, and Mazda's presence in this segment has wanted somewhat since the success of the infamous MPV (the vehicle, not the genre). With lots of kit (dual airbags, sunroof, body0kit, BS etc), usable practicality, solid driving dynamics and an attractive price tag, the Premacy is primed to recapture some past glories for Mazda.



How big?















4 cylinders in line, 1991cc

Max power

130 bhp at 6000rpm

Max torque

171Nm at 4500rpm




Independent, MacPherson strut with coil springs


Independent, MacPherson strut with twin trapezoidal links

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