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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.
  • 2.0D 134 TS 5dr

    Stephen Finley Date: 09/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Two years, 115,000 miles and an absolute pleasure!

    Great styling and standard equipment on the TS model, including climate-control, cruise control and a fantastic stereo.

    If you are looking for a company vehicle for high-mileage use, the Mazda is ideal. Low sevice costs, high MPG and reliability.

    There are only two quibbles with the 6 for me. These are the quality of the interior, which in mine is a sea of flimsy grey plastic, and driving at low speeds in traffic is sometimes uncomfortable. Otherwise, I couldn't recommend it more. Great value for money!

  • 2.0 TS2 5dr

    Tony Kelly Date: 31/01/2005
    • 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 bought this car from new after 20 years of Toyota family car ownership, partly on the strength of press reviews, partly on my experience of our three-year old MX-5, and partly on the opinion of, and rear headroom for, my 6' 2" tall teenage son. Not to say that my wife wasn't influential too! It was a true family decision.

    So after 9 months of ownership, what do we think? Good space, comfort and overall quality. It's a lovely vehicle to be in. It handles a treat, but there is a trade off with a slightly harsh ride, but not uncomfortably so - in fact other passengers have commented on how nice the ride is.

    The engine is a bit harsh at speed - at first I wondered if the under-bonnet insulation had been missed. The Bose stereo is excellent though, and does a good job of drowning it out. Oh and the brakes - efficient and reassuring - the car does convey an overall sensation of solidity and safety.

    Performance is adequate and has improved as the engine has loosened. Economy has averaged 32-35mpg.

    My main gripe in the action of the clutch. Getting a sweet gearchange is difficult. It takes the ultimate in concentration, and can spoil the driving experience at times. I haven't taken it back to the dealership, so perhaps I'm being unfair. I've found them very helpful with our MX-5, so I'll have to see what happens during its first service.

    Would I buy again? Sort out the clutch, add a little more refinement, and a definite "yes".

  • 2.0 TS2 5dr

    Keith Elstob , Durham . Date: 30/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a used 2002 52 reg 2.0 TS with 34,500 miles at the end of September 2004.

    Within three weeks, the car developed poor running. It had a low idle speed, often when pulling out of junctions it refused to accelerate and it was extremeley difficult and at times impossible to carry out consistently smooth gear changes.

    It was returned to the dealer on three seperate occasions for rectification and each time I was told it had no faults. I drove another 2.0-litre which did run OK. Four months later I have traded it in for a 1.8 TS and lost £1000. Strangely the salesman told me that he knows someone who has a 2.0-litre Premacy which suffers from similar problems.

  • 2.0 TS2 5dr

    Steve Weller Date: 30/11/2004
    • 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've had the car for nearly 2.5 years and generally have been very pleased with it.

    As a practical family car it has excellent cabin and boot space on top of which I like the aggressive looks. Equipment levels are as expected the only extras I added were leather and mini disc player.

    At over 6ft I find the driving position very comfortable, although like other comments parking sensors would be nice.

    The handling is excellent for a family hatch, which means you can have some fun but it does mean that I always feel it would handle a lot more power. (Another 50bhp please Mazda)

    The only problems I have had are with the sunvisor keep flopping down and a rear window occassionally sticking.

    Oh, the BOSE stereo is excellent (only found the bass tube and amp in the last couple of months!)

    The downsides I find to the car are:

    Economy - I know I have a heavy right foot but I'm only getting about 16.5l/100m (27mph).

    Road Noise - Especially on motorway. Not to bad if your on your own because the stereos so good!

    Gearbox - Not sure what it is but I just don't find it that smooth. Especially 1st - 2nd.

    Trip computer - Why oh why have litres/100 miles and a button on the steering wheel to change display would be nice.

    Would I have another one? - Maybe the 200bhp model when its out.

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