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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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70 reader reviews for Mazda 6 Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TS2 5dr

    Jason Moles , Down . Date: 02/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had my 6 now for just over three months (2002 July model, currently 37,000 miles), having most recently owned a Golf convertible, 2003 Vectra 1.8 and Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0. Like so many, the reviews of the car were the main reason I decided to purchase (and due to an ever-increasing family).

    The few niggles I've found are a rattle from the steering wheel boss, the absence of a sixth gear for cruising (the revs are around 3,500 at 70), slight wearing of the seat fabric (in the yucky light grey coloured velour) and the sometimes jumpy gear changes from 2nd-3rd (although my technique has improved).

    However, the styling, looks, performance, handling, space, comfort and the BOSE sound system more than make up for any drawbacks mentioned here - this is definitely the best performing car I've had since the GTV - it always feels eager and responsive. Plus, I'm looking forward to lowish insurance and servicing costs.

    I highly recommend the car and would definitely consider another.

  • 2.3 Sport 5dr

    David Kinsella , Lancashire . Date: 24/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my 2.3 Sport hatchback for 6 months and covered 10,000 miles. It is one of the best cars i have owned (which includes BMW's,Toyotas, VW's and Fords). It combines all of the aboves virtues in an excellant package that does exactly what is says on the Tin. The fold down rear seating is a simple but brilliant design and the drive, ride and handling superb.

    The Bose speakers/cd changer are great, climate control and all the other gadgets work very well. The leather seating is very comfortable and there is probabaly more room than a lot of estates when the seats are down. The auto lighting feature gets a thumbs up too. So far it hasn't missed a beat, theres no annoying creaks and squeaks and the style/looks of the car still make me grin!

    The only negatives are the fuel consumption and the lack of torque/grunt when in 5th/6th gear. The seat belt alarm goes off when a bag is put on the passenger seat! (due to the weight sensors) but i shall get that disabled at the service. Also in agreement with previous comments, the clutch can be a bit tempermental when in traffic.

  • 2.0 TS 5dr

    Melanie Norcross Date: 07/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the Mazda since new December 03 and I am due to change it this year.

    I have just completed 62k in it. For the amount of mileage I have done I've experienced only 1 problem, when I hit 32k it kept cutting out which apparantly was a manufacturing problem and was sorted on warranty, Mazda had collected it and replaced it with an equivelant Mazda 6 within 3 hours of the complaint and were extremely helpful and efficient, it did take a week to sort out but it came back and I have had not trouble with it since.

    Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed driving it. I'm now in the process of looking for a replacement as I cannot go over 80k in it due to company car reg but I'm finding it very difficult to find anything which remotely compares to the value for money you get with the Mazda. Suprisingly quick off the mark for a diesel, lots extra internally and even after an 8 hour drive no back ache!! I had never considered a Mazda ever but this is seriously a car you should test drive and then make your decision.

  • 2.3 Sport 5dr

    Alastair McEwan Date: 07/12/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I owned this car for just over a year. It was an excellent drive but the fuel economy overall was poor.

    A few flaws cropped up during the year of ownership. The paint on the 17" alloys started to bubble but these were quickly replaced (all four) by the dealer - only to start bubbling again less than a year later.

    The driver's sun-visor wouldn't stay up and the gas struts on the hatchback door packed in - all rectified by the dealer with no quibble. Fuel economy aside, all in all, a great car.

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