Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016
- Comes with a spacious and comfortable interior
- It comes well equipped and with Mazda’s superb reliability record
- The handling is far from exciting
- Some rivals have added superior practicality over the Premacy
The Premacy is not going to thrill you with its driving experience, but as a people carrier it is stylish, spacious, comfortable and extremely reliable. It comes as either a five or seven seater adding extra versatility with the two back seats having the ability to be removed so you can set the car up to meet your needs. The top of the range petrol engine offers good performance, the diesel adds excellent fuel efficiency, as well as being able to hold its own against the petrol’s when it comes to speed.
Exterior and Interior
The Premacy is actually a good looking MPV that comes with either a five or seven seats, the later can remove the two most rear seats to improve the space within the Premacy. The seats are all very comfortable and that makes longer journeys more pleasant. The boot in the seven seater is small, however, with the two rear most seats removed, it turns into a much more usable space that should easily hold five people luggage. The dash is rather dull, but the dials and switches are well laid out, feel robust and well made.
There are six trim levels available with even the most basic coming with electric windows, six airbags, remote central locking and traction control (except in the diesel). The Sport trim offers the most equipment for your money, while the GSi came with plenty of kit too. All of trims could add additional equipment so it is worth looking out for optional extra’s when buying in the used market.
Performance and Economy
All of the petrol engines are all refined, even the entry level 1.8-litre version. Of the petrol’s the 100bhp 1.8-litre is the most economical at 34mpg and isn’t that much slower than the other engines at 11.4 seconds from 0-60mph. The larger 1.8-litre is slightly quicker taking 11.0 seconds to get to 60mph and is only slightly less economical at 33mpg. This was replaced in 2001 by the 2.0-litre that offers slightly more performance going from 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds, but yet again the fuel efficiency suffers dropping down to 32mpg.The diesel engine is by far the better choice if you’re more concerned about fuel efficiency than performance as it achieves a respectable 49mpg. It isn’t as slow as you might expect either being only fractionally slower than the smaller of the 1.8-litre petrol’s, reaching 60mph in 11.5 seconds.When it comes to insuring them the 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel are the cheapest falling into group 6 whilst the 2.0-litre petrol falls into group 7.
Like to Drive
The Premacy was designed more with comfort in mind rather than the driving experience and as such it provides a very comfortable ride with the soft suspension soaking up all but the worst of bumps. It is also a very good motorway cruiser. There’s too much body roll in the corners though and as a consequence, at higher speeds, the wind and road noise is intrusive. The steering wheel also doesn’t adjust its reach making it difficult for some drivers to find a comfortable driving position.
Faults and Repairs
The Premacy, like most other Mazda’s, is practically fault free with the only major issue being a recall that affected all cars built before June 2000. This was due to worries that the fuel tank heat shield could work itself loose. Other than that there’s not much else to report. The trim can rattle in some cars and its worth just checking everything thoroughly to makes sure it all works as some of them will have been subjected to years of family use.
Another good factor is that Mazda’s hourly rates which are one of the cheapest around. Their repair times are extremely quick too making services and repairs as cheap as they come.