On the whole a good car, but there's better out there
Rattle from near side rear door, not sure what.
Slight metallic rattle from behind dash.
Suffers from misting up problems, to the point where water runs down the rear and even front window - the A/C is pretty much running the whole time.
Radio de-tunes itself for no reason - sounds like a common fault.
The above problems are more of an annoyance, rather than failures, although the rattle in the door will need to be sorted when it goes for its service, as it's getting quite annoying.
I'm surprised that a car of this size doesn't have reverse sensors fitted as standard on the spec, but it does have folding mirrors, climate, auto lights and auto wipers, plus the RVM, although I've always found using mirrors does the same job, but without the beeping.
It does have a nice layout, everything seems to fit together nicely, but some of the plastics do feel cheap and a little on the hard side.
At the moment the gearbox is a little too stiff, and doesn't really like being rushed along, to the point where it has refused to go into gear on occasion. Maybe this will loosen up as some more mileage goes on it.
The handling is good for such a big car, and not too harsh on the rough stuff; it does give some confidence on the twisty stuff.
The engine is OK, sounds like any other diesel that I've ever driven, so nothing really special about it - although I was expecting a greater feel of power from the 2.2, but on a positive side, it does seem to be returning good economy, especially on long trips.
But I wish the computer for the range, avg MPG, etc was easier to obtain, rather than having to keep scrolling across the display all the time, to find the required info.
A very positive thing is the space inside the car, and the way the rear seats fold with just an easy touch on the release mechanism, nice one!
Also not really sure what the ECO mode on the climate is for, there doesn't seem to be much about it in the manual - on my old car you could switch the ECO mode on and off, nice and easy.
On the whole it's a good car, but I do think that Mazda need to go back to the drawing board to improve on a few things, to make it a better car - as there's a lot of good competition out there.
By the way, it's rubbish in the snow, even with a diesel hanging over the front wheels, but I would put that down to the run flat tyres that are fitted to it, on the account of no spare.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th February, 2010