Mazda has just introduced four special edition models of the popular Mazda3 and one Mazda5 carrying the name "Venture Edition". The vehicles include generous levels of specification such as: front fog lights, gun metal alloy wheels, sports front grille, side skirts and rear spoiler and privacy glass.

Furthermore, inside can be found a Sanyo TomTom navigation with 5.8-inch touch-screen display and integrated Bluetooth®, plus climate control air-conditioning and cruise control.

Both the Mazda3 and Mazda5 will satisfy their customers with more than appealing styling and will offer a dynamic and engaging drive. The latter will be assured by the strongly performing petrol and diesel engines.

In addition, the Venture Edition models include finely tuned suspension and steering, and offer competitive fuel consumption and CO2 emission.

The lucky future customers buying the Venture Edition model have a choice of responsive and powerful engines. First, the Mazda3 is being offered with a 1.6-litre MZR (105 hp/77 kW) petrol engine at £17 495, or a 1.6-litre (115ps) diesel priced at £18,995. The Mazda5 comes with a 2.0-litre (150ps) MZR petrol engine for £19,995 or a 1.6-litre (115 hp/85 kW) diesel costing £21 290.

The fuel economy of the diesel version for instance can be as high as 65.7mpg (combined cycle) and CO2 emissions as low as 115 g/km.

To go even further into details the Mazda standard equipment range is extremely generous and includes: front, side and curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Cruise control, remote central locking and dead locks.

In addition, the cabin's feature driver's seat height adjustment, leather steering wheel with audio controls, CD radio with iPod® connectivity, six audio speakers and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm to keep everything secure.

Next highlight is that the Mazda5 has unusually long wheelbase (2,750mm) and sliding rear doors. This makes the Mazda5 Venture Edition a perfect family car with seating for up to seven persons.

What makes it even more attractive is that it is a good load carrier, thanks to the Mazda's unique Karakuri cabin versatility, third row seats which split 50/50 and fold flat to the floor, and a cargo volume of 857 litres when loaded to the belt line and 1,485 litres loaded to the roof.

The starting price of the Venture Edition models begins at £17 495.

Mazda3 Venture Edition Standard Equipment

Exterior: Body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirror housings, Electric, heated and power folding door mirrors, 17-inch Gun metal alloy wheels with 205/50 R17 tyres, Unique large roof spoiler, Side skirts, Sports grille, Front fog lights, Privacy glass, Comfort & Convenience, Remote central locking with dead locks, Folding jack-knife key, Electric front windows with one-touch auto down (driver's side), Electric rear windows, Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, Dusk-sensing lights & rain-sensing front wipers, Auto-dimming rear view mirror, Integrated Bluetooth®, Remote fuel filler flap & boot release, Enhanced interactive interior lighting, Sanyo TomTom satellite navigation, Cruise control

Interior: Black sports cloth trim, Multi-Information Display (MID) with trip computer, Leather steering wheel with audio controls and leather gear knob, Height adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, 5-stage heated front Sport seats, Front centre console with armrest, storage and cup holders, Radio/single CD audio system with 6 speakers, iPod® connectivity, Illuminated glovebox, Twin sun visors with vanity mirrors, Overhead console with sunglasses holder, Passenger seatback storage pocket, 60/40 split folding rear seat, Rear central armrest with cup holders

Performance & Economy

Model Power (ps) Torque (Nm) 0-62mph (sec) Top speed (mph) Combined (mpg)
Mazda3 1.6 5dr MZR Venture 105 145 12.2 112 44.8
Diesel
Mazda3 1.6 5dr  Venture Diesel 115 270 11.0 116 65.7

Price List – August 2012

Model 'On the road' Retail CO2 (g/km) RFL Band Insurance Group P11D Value Monthly BIK 20% / 40%
Mazda3 1.6 5dr MZR Venture £14,495 144 F 13 E 19% £55    / £110
Diesel
Mazda3 1.6 5dr Venture Diesel £18,995 115 C 18 E 17% £54   / £107

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Mazda5 Venture Edition Standard Equipment

Exterior: Body-coloured bumpers, door handles & door mirror housings, Electric heated door mirrors, 16-inch Gun metal alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres, Dark silver front grille, Side skirts, Roof spoiler, Front fog lights, Privacy glass (all glass behind B-pillars), Comfort & Convenience, Remote central locking with dead locks, Folding jack-knife key, Electric front windows with one-touch auto down and up on driver's side, Electric rear windows, Climate control air-conditioning, Rear parking sensors, Hands-free kit, with voice control and integrated Bluetooth®, Dusk-sensing headlights and rain-sensing front wipers, Trip computer, Remote release fuel filler flap, Sanyo TomTom satellite navigation, Cruise control

Interior: Black cloth trim, Height & reach adjustable steering wheel, Height adjustable driver's seat with armrest, Driver's seat adjustable lumbar support, Karakuri folding, sliding second row seats, Karakuri storage box, Folding picnic tables (back of front seats), Leather steering wheel and gear knob, Piano black centre console, Front centre console with storage and cup holders, Radio/Single CD audio system with 6 speakers, Steering wheel-mounted audio controls, iPod® connectivity, Outside temperature gauge, Front passenger seat back storage pocket, Digital clock, Underboot floor storage box, Luggage area cover

Performance & Economy

Model Power (ps) Torque (Nm) 0-62mph (sec) Top Speed (mph) Combined (mpg)
Mazda5 2.0 Venture 150 191 11.0 120 40.9
Diesel
Mazda5 1.6Venture Diesel 115 270 13.7 111 54.3

Price List – August 2012

Model 'On the road' Retail CO2 (g/km) RFL Band Insurance Group P11D Value Monthly BIK 20% / 40%
2.0 MZR Venture £19,995 159 G 16 E 22% £72    / £145
Diesel
1.6D MZ-CD Venture £21,290 138 E 16 E 21% £74     / £148

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Source: Mazda