2006 Mazda 6 S 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Good so far - looks good, drives well, bargain
Just bought it - nothing so far!
Surprised by how easy it is to drive. First gear revs quickly and I usually drop it into second from low revs - there's a good amount of torque.
Looks almost 'as new' inside. Apart from the usual scratches, it only has one bubble of rust on a front wheel arch - you wouldn't get this on a Honda or Toyota.
Pleasing handling and ride balance for an underpowered FWD.
Taxi-like cloth seats are at least hard-wearing and haven't aged at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th August, 2014
27th Dec 2014, 21:29
Over 10,000 miles on and it's a very solid car.
No repairs and no non-starts, just some maintenance and tyres is all it's required.
The handling with summer tyres is among the best of any car I've owned, including Jaguar and BMW, and it's a relaxing cruiser.
It's just lacking another 50 BHP, a more appealing engine noise and leather seats; those things would make a good car great.
- Annoying creaks from the Ford-assembly dashboard in cold weather.
- The tedious 4 cylinder engine is smooth at low revs, but sounds like a mid 90s diesel above 4000 RPM, only minus the kick of a turbo.
- Surprising little bits of rust emerging (just two or three), which will probably be a major problem in 3 years or so.
- Lack of traction control can be a problem on icy hills etc.
- Good looking.
- Hard-wearing interior.
- Seemingly reliable.
- Good handling.
- Understated car.
- Smooth if you drop it into second gear from low revs.
Would buy again?
- I would consider it - but with a fruitier engine, leather, automatic transmission and more power. Would the V6 be ideal?