Mazda Road Tests

All too often a small automatic either comes as an automated manual or as a CVT with all the fun of driving it extracted like an unpleasant encounter with a dentist. So what I wanted to find out here was if a small automatic can deliver the two pedal job and still provide some enjoyment.
Sun, 17 Oct 2010
We drive the diesel version of the new Mazda2 - is it worth the hefty premium over a petrol model?
Wed, 18 Mar 2015
Is it a Fiesta? Is it a Fusion? Confusion, it’s a Mazda 2. Instead of offering two variations of the new Valencia Ford Fiesta, Ford offers three and calls one of them a Mazda.
Thu, 03 Jul 2003
You’ve been able to buy the new Mazda 2 in the UK since 8th September, 2007. The launch was brought forward for 57 reg and because there was plenty of RHD production available from Japan.
Fri, 28 Sep 2007
The 2015 Mazda 2 brings Skyactiv technology and very high equipment levels to a supermini. Here are all the details.
Tue, 03 Feb 2015
In about three week’s time, after I’ve actually driven the car, this is going to turn into a road test of the new Mazda 3. Meanwhile, here’s a pre-brief with as many technical details as have been released.
Thu, 28 Aug 2003
Mazda is good at good looking cars: MX5, MX6, Xedos 6, RX7, 323 F-Type, Xedos 9, Mazda 6, RX8. They get it right, instead of the weird, lumpy cobbled-together looks we sometimes see from other Japanese car makers. Which makes it very frustrating that the new Mazda 3 is so hard to photograph.
Tue, 23 Sep 2003
Mazda 3 test now includes 1.4, 1.6, 1.6 automatic, 2.0 and 1.6 16v diesel.
Mon, 09 Feb 2004
With its smooth 4-speed torque converter engine and bulletproof chain cam engine, the Mazda 3 1.6 auto is worth seeking out, despite the high VED.
Sat, 02 Apr 2011
The Mazda 3 has been given a discreet facelift and a general tweaking. Nothing hugely significant. Merely a good car made better using lessons learned on the Volvo S40/V40 and Ford Focus with which it shares its floorpan, suspension and drivetrain.
Fri, 07 Jul 2006
Development of the Mazda 3 and the Ford Focus has always gone hand in glove. They share engines, suspension and steering, though not mutually inclusively. Sometimes Ford has been ahead with one component. Sometimes Mazda.
Sat, 28 Mar 2009
Mazda has made a number of mid-life improvements to its Mazda3 model for the 2012 model year.
Wed, 02 Nov 2011
The Mazda 3 enters its third generation and continues its maker's desire to tread its own path in a crowded market dominated by the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
Fri, 12 Jul 2013
The new Mazda 3 doesn't simply appeal for its potential economy and driver appeal, it probably lifts Mazda's game to top of the class.
Tue, 24 Sep 2013
For its third birthday, Mazda has given the Mazda 3 a tasteful revamp and added G-Vectoring to all models. We check three of them out in the Scottish Highlands.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016
The ‘all new’ 2019 Mazda 3 arrives in May, but there’s a slight pause in the proceedings because the ground-breaking 2.0 Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine will not reach these shores until autumn. All models are extremely well equipped, not merely with European satnav and air conditioning, but also a host of high tech safety kit including Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Head Up Display and Smart City Braking.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019
Over the last three years Mazda has made a million Mazda 3s. It’s the company’s best selling model ever. So now’s the time for a high performance version. The Mazda 3 MPS.
Sun, 15 Apr 2007
Click on ( and you’ll find a range test of the 2009 Mazda 3. Here we’re going to concentrate on the hot one. The 260PS, 380Nm Mazda3 MPS.
Sat, 05 Sep 2009
Mazda is good at good looking cars: MX5, MX6, Xedos 6, RX7, Xedos 9, Mazda 6, RX8. They get it right, instead of the weird, lumpy cobbled-together looks we sometimes see from other Japanese car makers. Which makes it very frustrating that the new Mazda 3 is so hard to photograph.
Sat, 17 Jan 2004
The Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X intends to combine the refinement of a petrol engine with diesel-like economy. But is it as good as a small, turbocharged petrol?
Mon, 07 Oct 2019
A much lighter, much more efficient 115PS 1.6 diesel transforms handling of 2nd generation Mazda5 1.6D, while electric sliding side doors put it one up on the Ford Grand C-Max.
Thu, 20 Jan 2011
The Mazda 6 seats five. The Mazda 5 seats seven. Once you've got...
Tue, 06 Sep 2005
There wasn’t much wrong with the original 2005 Mazda 5: Sliding side doors, decent diesels, six-and-a-half seats with a sliding centre row so legroom can be shared.
Thu, 07 Feb 2008
Another day, another Mazda road test. But the very good excuse is that this time it's a Mazda 6 2.2 litre diesel, fitted with Mazda's all new chain cam diesel engine.
Tue, 11 Nov 2008
Mazda has revamped the Mazda 6 Skyactiv to correct a few minor criticisms of the original car. HJ checks if they have succeeded.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015
There are 785 engineering changes to the facelifted Mazda 6. But most of them are hidden from sight. Thankfully Mazda hasn’t messed around with its dramatic looks. Just a few small improvements there. Instead, Seichi Omoto’s team has concentrated on the really important bits.
Sat, 30 Jul 2005
This is a tale of two cars. On the one hand we have the entry level Mazda 6 1.8S, coming in at a very reasonable £15,100 on the road. On the other, we have the BOSE audio, leather-trimmed 2.5SL at a considerably heavier £20,680.
Wed, 14 Nov 2007
“On the wagon” aptly sums up this review. Because the 'Mazda 6 Wagon' is how Mazda describes what other manufacturers variously dub an 'estate car' or a 'station wagon' or, less descriptively, a 'Tourer', a 'Touring' or an 'Avant'.
Mon, 10 Mar 2008
Mazda 6 facelifted, improved and refined for 2010 with lower CO2, more tax friendly engines
Thu, 06 May 2010
Skyactiv technology in the New Mazda 6 promises class leading looks, comfort, efficiency, handling and performance. But does it deliver?
Fri, 05 Oct 2012
Mazda has made significant improvements to the steering and refinement of the Mazda6 from late 2016, yet prices are unchanged. HJ takes it on the test of 1,000 corners.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016
The 2002 Maza 6 estate. Well just look at it, will you? Walk round it and let your eyes linger on its form, and especially on its lights. When did you ever see a more stunningly dramatic car the same size and price as a Ford Mondeo?
Mon, 18 Nov 2002
For its third revamp, the 2018 Mazda 6 has been very comprehensively updated. So, in addition to the features covered in our 2016 test, it now boasts a suite of safety equipment, luxury and other improvements that virtually lift it into a higher class.
Wed, 18 Jul 2018
The facelift Mazda BT-50 pick-up is about to be replaced. So is a run-out model at the right price worth buying?
Tue, 26 Jul 2011
The Mazda BT-50 pick up, originally launched in 2006, has just had an upgrade, with the new option of a 3.0 litre engine and 5-speed automatic transmission for the UK.
Mon, 20 Oct 2008
With a lot of MX-5 thinking behind it, the Mazda CX-3 2.0 150HP AWD Sport Nav is probably the sportiest small SUV you can lay your hands on.
Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The Mazda CX-3 for 2019 has been attractively refreshed and is now on sale in the UK at prices from £18,995 to £24,995. All meet the new EU6d Temp / WLTP emissions standards and the already low NOx 2.0 litre Skyactiv G petrol engines manage this without the addition of a Petrol Particulate Filter.
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
We've driven the new Mazda CX-30 in the UK. How does it compared to rivals like the Volkswagen T-Roc?
Fri, 06 Dec 2019
Mazda's brand new family crossover should correct some of the weaknesses of the 3 hatchback. It does, and then some...
Wed, 24 Jul 2019
The Mazda CX-5 2.0i 165 Skyactiv G automatic is a new model for the UK. Up until recently demand here dictated diesel. But now, at last, Mazda is starting to import the 2019 model CX-5 with both a petrol engine and its excellent 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Tue, 06 Nov 2018
It might not be a radical change over the old Mazda CX-5, but the new model is still a very good choice.
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
You can't tell by looking, but the Mazda's subtle changes to the CX-5 mean it remains a great choice of small SUV.
Wed, 11 Mar 2015
Compact SUV using Skyactiv technology. At its most economical with 119g/km 2.2 diesel. At its most enjoyable in SE-L 'base' spec with 139g/km 2.0 petrol engine.
Mon, 16 Apr 2012
Ken Livingstone would call the Mazda CX-7 Sports Utility Vehicle a "4x4" and brand the owners "idiots". But did you know that half of the new cars sold in the USA are ‘SUVs’?
Fri, 20 Jul 2007
It might look a lot different, but thankfully the MX-5 has the same enjoyable back-to-basics character as it always has.
Thu, 06 Aug 2015
You'll have to look closely to spot the cosmetic updates, but there's more power and a new reversing camera for Mazda's popular MX-5 sports car. Shame it's no more practical...
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
The Mazda MX5 has had a facelift. It’s a bit like meeting an old girlfriend, thinking she looks a lot better than you remember, and not being quite sure why.
Sun, 15 Feb 2009
Lots of people claim to be father of the Mazda MX5. The story I like most came from Shigharu Hiraiwa, original project leader. The task fell to him to sell the MX5 concept to the then formidable three-man Mazda main board.
Wed, 02 Nov 2005
It’s no surprise that Mazda has launched a coupe-convertible version of the superb latest MX-5 - called the RF or 'retractable fastback'.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017
Obviously the Mk III Mazda MX5 was designed to be a folding hard-top coupe as well as a folding soft-top coupe right from the start. Mazda calls it the MX5 Roadster Coupe.
Sat, 09 Dec 2006
The Zoom Zoom people call the Mazda RX8 “a sports car like no other”. They aren’t kidding. No other sports car has a rotary engine. And no other sports car has four doors.
Fri, 20 Jun 2003

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