Mazda has announced that its Mazda3 and Mazda5 models are now available as a Venture Edition, with prices starting from £17,495 OTR.
There are four different versions of the new Venture Edition available, based on the Mazda3 TS2 and the Mazda5 TS2.
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The Mazda3 Venture Edition is available with two engines - a 1.6 litre MZR petrol (the lowest priced model at £17,495) or a 1.6 litre diesel (priced at £18,995).
The Mazda5 Venture Edition is priced at £19,995 for its 2.0 litre MZR petrol engine, and £21,290 for the 1.6 litre diesel. The Mazda3 Venture Edition's diesel has good fuel economy, producing 65.7mpg (combined cycle) and CO2 emissions as low as 115 g/km.
The Venture Edition has an impressive range of specs. Front fog lights, a sports front grille, side skirts, privacy glass and gun metal alloy wheels catch the eye, whilst cruise control, air conditioning and an impressive Sanyo TomTom navigation system with a 5.8-inch touch-screen display are all welcome additions.
Standard equipment on Venture Edition models is generous, and includes dynamic stability control, a traction control system, cruise control, dead locks, front side and rear airbags, and remote central locking.
The interior features six audio speakers, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, a CD radio with iPod connectivity, and driver's seat height adjustment.
The Mazda5 Venture Edition can seat up to seven people, and has a capacity of 857 litres when loaded to the belt line and 1,485 litres loaded to the roof.
Peter Allibon, Sales Director at Mazda UK comments: "The arrival of the new Mazda3 and Mazda5 Venture Edition models, with their unique combination of advanced technology, sports styling, a premium interior and great added value, will attract new consumers to our showrooms.
"Both the Mazda3 and Mazda5 feature attractive styling and deliver a dynamic and engaging drive, with strongly performing petrol and diesel engines, plus finely tuned suspension and steering, and a top quality spacious and practical interior.
"With competitive fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, together with reduced running costs and Mazda's outstanding Japanese-style build quality and legendary reliability, the Venture Edition models make great ownership prospects."
Written by John Meadowcroft