Not as Zoom Zoomy as previous MAZDA's
Tyres seem to need balancing again, but barely noticeable.
Feels like a bigger car than the model before, and a lot more solid; there is a pleasing thunk when you shut the doors.
Electric steering has ruined the crisp turn-in and great steering feel of the previous shape.
Ride quality has improved, but it does seem to be at the expense of some of the fun factor, and amazing front end grip of the previous shape.
Many of the very handy interior storage places of the previous shape are gone, which is a frustration.
Lacks top end power, but you only really notice this when overtaking on long steep hills.
Seems very thirsty, with average fuel use of 11L/100km over combined highway and city driving. I'm expecting this to improve as the car is properly run in.
Overall, a great car. Bigger, more comfortable and quieter than the previous model, but a lot of the fun factor has been lost.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd March, 2010