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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.
  • 1.8 S 5dr

    Derek Hull Date: 15/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've only had the car for two weeks but I am impressed so far. The build quality is great, it has good handling, the accomodation is generous and it is handsome where others are bland.

    There's not been much of a chance to check the economy so far but it would appear to be around the 35mpg mark.

    There is some road noise as speed rises but, having previously owned a Honda Civic, I can honestly say it is not as intrusive. The stereo is good and the controls are easy to master.

    Overall, it's a great car and I am very happy with my choice.

  • 2.0 TS 5dr

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

    My car

    This car belongs to my wife.

    I'll start by being picky - the boot struts do squeak. After reading the other review here mentioning this, we'll get it sorted.

    The interior design and trim look great, but the silver coloured trim can mark quite easily as it is just plastic.

    There is slightly more road noise and a firmer ride than other rivals. This is the price you pay for the great handling and drive. It is a price we were willing to pay and the ride is still comfortable.

    We also test-drove the estate version, which seems to have a stiffer suspension set up, which in my opinion borders on being too firm for comfort.

    The engine can make itself heard when worked hard, however it is a pleasingly sporty rasp.

    The looks and general character are as close to a sports car as you can get at the same time as being a very practical family car.

    The boot is huge, equipment generous at a very reasonable price.

    If your budget stretches to the TS2, we would recommend it as this has traction control. Without this you have to be quite careful to avoid losing traction when pulling out of junctions up hill.

    If your taste is more towards limousine than sports car, the Toyota Avensis is probably a better bet.

    We love the Mazda 6 despite the minor niggles.

  • 2.0 TS2 5dr

    Ashley Carter Date: 19/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned an ex-demo model for nearly two years now and still enjoy its energy, practicality and it still looks great especially compared to its class rivals.

    There have been one or two trips back to the dealer to replace a leaking back window and squeaky boot-lid struts but all done under warranty with no fuss.

    My only complaint about it is that the road noise present at motorway speeds is more noticeable than its rivals, but everything else more than makes up for it.

    Residuals are still satisfyingly reasonable too, especially compared to Mondeos of similar spec/age.

    I'm looking forward to test-driving the Mazda 6 MPS as a natural progression for next car.

  • 2.0D 134 TS 5dr

    Geoff Cole , West Sussex . Date: 19/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    HAVING SUFFERED A FAILED CLUTCH AT UNDER 13,000 MILES, MY VIEW IS JAUNDICED.

    THE SUGGESTION IS THAT I SLIPPED THE CLUTCH AGGRESSIVELY WHEN PULLING AWAY.

    STRANGE THAT THIS HAS NEVER OCCURRED ON ANY CAR I HAVE DRIVEN BEFORE IN 38 YEARS OF DRIVING. EVEN AFTER 75,000 MILES IN A 3.0-LITRE V6 ALFA 164, THE CLUTCH SEEMED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ANY LIMITED PUNISHMENT I GAVE IT.

    MOST OF MY CARS HAVE DONE BETWEEN 70,000 AND 105,000 IN MY OWNERSHIP AND NEVER A CLUTCH REPLACEMENT (EXCEPT IN 1966 ON A 13-YEAR-OLD MORRIS MINOR).

    IF MAZDA IS CORRECT THEN THE CLUTCH IS NOT UP TO THE JOB.

    BEWARE.

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