Described by Mazda as a 'space hatch', the Premacy is one of a new breed of mini people-mover vehicles that provide above-average interior space and versatility, thanks to unusually tall body styling.
The Premacy is economical to operate and easy to drive and park. The Premacy is a true 7 seater and while the rear seats don't have a lot of room - you can still get everyone in comfortably.
Equipment levels are comprehensive, and include air conditioning, dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, engine speed-sensitive power steering, three child seat anchorages (mounted on the rear seat backs to avoid webbing getting in the way of luggage) and three rear lap/sash adult belts.
There is also a four speaker stereo (with commendably clear and easy-to-use controls), plus a CD player, an engine immobiliser, remote central locking with a deadlock function, and power windows and exterior mirrors.
HANDLING AND DRIVEABILITY
The Premacy's driving position is similar to that of bigger 'people movers' in respect that the driver sits high off the floor and is confronted by a very wide expanse of dashboard. Vision for general driving is good.
On the road, the Premacy performs satisfactorily with good pick up and go and easy handling.
There is good luggage space with all seats in use (though the rear suspension towers intrude somewhat) and enough room for two mountain bikes if all three rear seats are taken out.