It is: Five-seater sporty estate with 4x4 drive sold in a single diesel-engined model with manual gears and a high specification which brings top-end hi-fi audio, leather seats, big wheels etc. It costs: £26,550. Size: 185 inches long (4.7m).
Why? Mazda’s “zoom” styling and 4x4 all weather ability.
Why not? Thirsty. Ford’s newly revised front-drive SMax is compelling, as is BMW’s (smaller) new X1 which as a family car with either front or 4x4 drive, is going to sell well.
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