Overall, recommended. A very good all round package. Rear sensors cost £320. Colliers Mazda handover very good. Economy to date is 42mpg (mway+town),37mpg town). Minus points: 1.Gearing ratios are a bit high. Needs getting used to as you can find yourself in the wrong gear at times. Maybe it’s early days yet and engine needs to bed in, but at certain speeds and in what you would normally think is the right gear, but should actually be in a lower gear, acceleration is almost horizontal (not linear) when you need it most. Also, difficult to maintain 30 mph limit in fourth gear without straining the engine noticeably. 2.Handbrake offset to the passenger side puts a strain on the elbow and back in stop start traffic. 3.Daytime running lights on all the time-can turn them off if you turn on sidelights, but then sidelights remain on!Confusing. 4.Prefer a spare tyre rather than puncture repair kit. 5.Noisier than other diesels? Plus points: 1.Stylish, spacious with excellent load space, well thought out interior. 2.Very easy to drive with good handling and grip. Feels light and nimble, yet solid. Lively when pushed. 3.Excellent standard equipment, but no rear sensors. 4.Relatively lower tax rate and Co2 emissions. RFL £120,insurance is low. 5.Market suggests better residuals than the competition. Estate appears better choice and is more versatile than hatchback, which is almost as big-difference in list price between them not great.
Y Vadva, West Midlands, July 9th 2008