This is an excellent car. I also own a BMW 330d. The Mazda has lighter steering but does get close to the BMW.
Reversing into parking spaces is very tricky, though. This car really needs rear parking sensors.
There are many good points. In summary, the car is a great load carrier. In the hatchback version, there is plenty of room in the back seats. The Bose speakers are excellent. The sound quality is better than in my BMW. I also managed to save a substantial amount by ordering the car over the internet. Relatively low insurance and a fuel consumption of around 34mpg (better on long journeys) make it good for running costs as well.
It's great.. ideal for a family of four. The boot is masive and the seats fold down well.
I love the car.
I have had a 2.0 TS for 6 months. The steering and handling is extremely good, just like it said it would be and the brakes are very powerful.
It's a relatively large car but it feels light and agile.
It's the best car I have ever driven. The combined fuel mileage is exactly to what the specification says. There is no discernable oil consumption in 6000 miles, which is excellent for a new engine.
Some minor faults:
The gearchange is difficult from first to second (I am not sure where the double synchronised bit comes in here - I've seen better) and reverse can be difficult to engage at times.
Also, the trip mileage computer is in litres/100 miles for some reason, which makes it difficult to compare with other cars.
Having owned a Vectra 2.5 for over 5 years, the Mazda is a different ball game.
My particular car is a 2.0 TS manual and as soon as I started driving it, the advertising caption "soul of a sports car" was foremost in my mind.
The driving dynamics are superb, comparable as you mentioned with a BMW 3 series, with the brakes being particularily good.
Being six-feet tall the driving position is very good as the wheel is adjustable up and down. The room in the car, especially for rear passengers, is enormous and comparable to higher-priced cars.
I must admit I've owned the car for just two weeks, so haven't had any contact with my nearest service agent as the first service is a year away!
I chose the car because of the numerous reports I read on how good it was on reliability, low service charges and coming top in a certain survey on 100 cars on 10 key issues.
The finish on the mica blue colour is impressive the equipment is generous without going to the expense of a TS2. The CD/radio has a good sound, and I personally feel the Bose system would be too mind blowing.
The touring computer is basic, giving you the information you really need and not being distractingly complex.
The engine and gearbox are nice to use offering plenty of torque. Another deciding factor was was that the engine is Euro IV compliant and has no cambelt, a major expense in other cars later on.
The insurance companies like it, our premium for me and my wife is under 400 pounds. I
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