I have had my TS2 since March, and have clocked up nearly 14,000 very happy motoring miles already. I have averaged 37 mpg (and that's from the petrol engine) with the climate control on for 90% of those miles.
Turning the 'climate' off makes a big difference to the mpg, I got up to 44 on one motorway journey. Just turning the A/C off doesn't have the same effect, as the cooling unit is still chewing power, you have to go for fresh air I'm affraid if you want to improve the overall mpg.
Also the acceleration is greatly improved when the climate is off.
Having previously owned VWs, Audis & BMWs I wasn't sure how it would measure up, but am impressed with the standard kit on the TS2, and only paid just over £16k. The seats are extremely comfortable on long journeys, and three 6 foot+ blokes can sit in the back.
Like others, my headlights are permanently on. I had just presumed they had decided to go the 'Volvo' route.
Great car, especially in black. Don't get talked into paying extra for metalic paint, black is free.
I have asked for comments on how to improve my average mileage but forgot to ask also if anyone can suggest how to improve the lights - especially the dipped beams.
I have had a demonstrator with 10k on the clock over a long weekend. The car was in stormy blue, and look sorted on the driveway. The drive is very good, but the excelleration was not what I expected from the car and was really quite slow compared to my current S40 2.0D. The interior was well laid out and the dash lighting catches your eye every time you get in. Biggest dissapointment was the MPG, I drove 300 miles mainly on motorway and could not get above 41 MPG crusing at 80, which compared to my S40 at low 50's is poor. This will be the issue that stops this being my next company car.
Alan Clare- good luck to you in your dealings with Mazda, I have been in dispute with them for two years about 30-40% increase in consumption from previous model to present one. The dealer has had car for periods of one month at a time on two occasions and confirm they can only average about 36mpg. On referral to Mazda, they put it down to "driving technique." If you want high 40s mpg from a 2.0litre diesel but a Mondeo, Vectra, Avensis, Passatt, BMW, Merc, etc...not a Mazda.
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