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Toyota Wish 2.0 Deluxe Review: 5 for fighting

The Toyota Wish has always had its own way in the MPV market thanks to its unprecedented popularity. We find out if the capable Mazda5 has got what it takes to challenge the second generation Wish’s supremacy.
OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
28 Nov 2009
What we like:
pros
Mazda5: generously equipped
pros
dynamic character
pros
twin sliding doors. Toyota Wish: strong image
pros
more spacious than old model
What we dislike:
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Mazda5: third row not as spacious as in the Wish
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bench style seat for middle passenger in second row. Toyota Wish: blunt and numb steering
cons
hard and shiny cabin plastics
cons
four-speeds only

The Wish Deluxe’s standard equipment list includes a DVD touch screen stereo head unit with navigation, six airbags, alloy wheels, ABS with EBD, leather seats and so on. The Mazda isn’t lacking either, it comes standard with two electric sliding doors, electric sunroof, alloy wheels, electric folding mirrors, climate control, factory fitted stereo, ABS with EBD and twin front airbags.

The venerable Toyota offers a really tempting package thanks to its impressive interior space and reliable and dependable name plate. The Mazda5 though, is the better MPV when it comes to driving performance here.


Both the Mazda5 and Wish offers about the same level of straight line performance but the former offers one more forward ratio in its gearbox and this surely will help in the fuel economy stakes. The Mazda holds the advantage in terms of ride and handling as well and the driving position is more superior.

Both are reasonably equipped but the Wish feels like the cheaper car here as the quality of materials in the interior shows. So at the end of the day, it’s an easy choice really – the Mazda should be your choice if driving performance s your priority. The Wish is then for those who want to keep their in-laws happy sitting at the relatively more spacious third row. But despite the Mazda5’s strong virtues, the average Singaporean car buyer will still likely go for the Toyota Wish.


Credits: Story and photos by Raymond Lai

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