Great engine, stylish and fun to drive. Sport model is a must
I'm not a fan of small cars, but am growing to like this one! It's got a great engine, being smooth, very refined and extremely flexible. I drove the 1.3 version too, but the 1.5 is far superior; one of Mazda's best engines, yet you still get around 47 MPG on average!
The handling is also fun, and like most Mazdas, you can throw it round corners if you wish without body roll. It's far more taut than say a Honda Jazz (also a very good car, but completely missing any inspiration). For a very small and light car, it's also very stable at high speeds - how have they managed this? The ride is very firm in the back - need to drive another to see if it's just mine or normal.
The features of the car as standard are also pretty good - you get cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, 16" alloy wheels, DSC stability control, curtain airbags, front fog lamps and folding e/mirrors. The design of the folding mirrors is also good, as you can press the button to fold when the key is out, so it gives you a chance to open the door first.
Build quality - very solid and well finished; normal for Mazda. Reliability wise no issues either as yet, and hopefully none will occur, as anything from Mazda or Honda, in my experience, is great.
Negatives? Well being used to a bigger car, I initially found it a bit uncomfortable, but adapted after a few days, and now it's fine. It would be nice if there was a light for rear passengers, a front arm rest (an option I believe) and a 2 way steering adjustment. Also, a sunroof as an option would be very nice too. These are not major things, but would have made a great car even better.
It's practical, good looking, great to drive and the Spirited Green paint we have really suits the car! Highly recommended in all respects.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2012