We are in love with this car!
Dealer had to sort out the boot release button, plus some other glitches with the KeyLess entry system our car has. I recommend you test all aspects of that if you are considering a car with this feature. Can be very expensive to fix. But brilliant when working properly.
An absolute delight to live with. Steering is magic, and way better than the similar sized cars we tested from other manufacturers. I drive this in preference to my 3L Honda Accord - just for the 'fun' element of the little Mazda.
I'd especially recommend that, unless you get a manual, you go for the CVT transmission, not the automatic. We tried Auto examples but they felt crude and slow. CVT takes a week or two to learn how to use to best effect, but once you get the hang of it, the system is a joy, and a key to this little car punching well above its weight on the road.
Interior is smart, but those jolly head rests make it impossible for anyone with a longish back and/or neck to get comfortable. I am about 5' 11", and have to slope the driver's seat way back to make it tolerable. There's no lack of room; it's the awful angle the head rest forces on you. I've spoken to other owners who say the same.
Overall, car looks great, and feels both zippy and really well engineered. Only other glitch though is rearward visibility when reversing. You should check this out before you buy, to see if your shape is as incompatible on that score as mine and my wife's. But when everything else is so good, the odd shortcoming is easy to forgive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2011