Mazda Driving Day

IMGP4603Every so often, manufactures arrange driving days so that journo’s can mess around… ahem, I mean drive and properly assess their range of vehicles, and this particular Driving Day was arranged by Mazda up in t’hills of Halifax, Yorkshire.  Being a Lancashire lad I grabbed my passport and made sure that all my jabs were up to date and set off towards the Pennines.

Arriving at the rather posh hotel, the first thing I thought of was, ‘The food’s going to be great at dinner!’  My second thought was, because of all the fog, the photos aren’t going to be up to much!

After signing in and chatting to the Mazda team, the first keys I grabbed were for the 2ltr, 150ps AWD Sport Nav CX-3.  If you click hereyou’ll be able to read a longer review on the CX-3 as I spent a few days driving them around the Scottish borders earlier on in the year.

I really do like the CX-3, it handles like a sports car and like all Mazda’s it comes packed with a good amount of safety stuff, but I won’t go into too much detail as I have one coming within the next couple of weeks, so watch this space.

Next was the CX-5, a bigger and perhaps more sensible brother to the CX-3.  I grabbed the keys for 2.2 AWD diesel that churns out 175ps.  Around March I borrowed one for a week and absolutely loved it.  Again, the steering is light and the gearbox is slick and a joy to use, which means you get a sporty drive that gives good feedback and confidence. Click here for my previous review.

By lunch time it was still foggy and damp, quite grim really, but by the time we’d filled our bellies with Cottage pie and some chocolate things for pudding, it had gotten noticeably warmer out.  The only respectable car to drive in this mini heatwave was of course the new 2ltr MX-5.

Usually, the only 2 seater soft top that I would normally drive is a rag topped Series Land Rover, so this was going to be a newish experience for me.

Whilst waiting for Mrs Turner, I had a quick chat to the Mazda guys and we all came to the same conclusion, it’s a very pretty car, and as you walk from the back to the front you can see hints of the F-Type, then the curves of the Corvette.

It was still foggy, but you can’t drive an MX-5 with the roof up, so with a simple flick of a switch, the roof was disconnected and manually lowered into place, the next part was a bit more complicated, how can a 6ft1, 18-1/2 stone bald bloke get into a car like this?  That’s easy, you let gravity take over, the really difficult bit is getting out again!

At this point I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to find a comfy position, I mean look at it, it’s tiny, and I’m, well, quite big. But once the steering wheel was raised I found that it was quite easy to get comfy, of course it was still quite snug, but I never felt like a sardine.

The roads around the event are scattered with speed cameras and fairly straight, so even if I wanted to ‘give it some’, I couldn’t.  We still had fun mind, we had it out for just under an hour, and in the fog with the top down we received some odd glances from other motorists, but we didn’t care, we were having a great time, the MX5 really is all that it’s cracked up to be.

Up to this point we’d driven 3 fun and funky cars and I wasn’t sure if we should go home or take out one more, which was the most sensible of the lot, the Mazda6.  Of course I couldn’t resist.  Driving the damp roads of Halifax, the 6 made me happy, it’s a nice big 4 door saloon that I would be content driving all day long, if I was into big 4 door saloons that is.

T’other day I was asked why I have a thing for Mazda, and it’s odd because before last year I had never driven one before.  I think it’s all down to the new KODO design and the raft of safety features that Mazda throw at them, but mainly they all have a sporty feel about them, from the suspension, the steering, the handling and the slick gear changes, they all drive and handle really well.  Oh, and you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for Mazda’s Soul Metallic Red, personally I think it’s the best colour and really suits the cars, but it’s an extra cost!

Here are some specs of the cars we drove:

MX-5, 2ltr, 160ps Sport Nav
£23,295 as standard
£24,505 adding Soul Red Metallic paint, Safety Pack and Sand Leather seats and trim,

ADDITIONAL STANDARD EQUIPMENT ON THIS CAR (above 160ps SE-L Nav)
Interior
Sand leather with sand stitching
3-stage seat heaters
Auto-dimming rear view mirror

Exterior
17” Bright alloy wheels
Sport suspension featuring Bilstein dampers
Rain-sensing front wipers
Adaptive Front lighting System
Dusk-sensing headlights
Rear parking sensors
Body coloured door mirrors

Audio and Communication
Premium Bose® sound system with 9 speakers
(incl. 2 driver and 2 passenger headrest speakers)

Comfort and Convenience
Smart keyless entry system

Safety and Security
Lane Departure Warning System
High beam control
Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert

Weights & Capacities
Kerb weight 1075 kg* Maximum weight 1260 kg
Fuel tank 45.0 litres Fuel type 95 RON Unleaded
Luggage capacity 130 litres

Performance
0 to 62 mph 7.3 sec
Top speed 133 mph

Fuel economy & CO2 rating
Combined 40.9 mpg 161 g/km Euro Stage 6

Warranty & Servicing
Duration 3 years / 60,000
Servicing Every 12,500 miles or 12 months (whichever comes sooner)

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CX-3, 2ltr, 150ps AWD Sport Nav
£22,495 as standard
£24,505 adding Soul Red Metallic paint, Half Stone leather, half black LUX SUEDE® interior trim.

ADDITIONAL STANDARD EQUIPMENT ON THIS CAR  (above 120ps SE-L model)
Exterior
18″ Gunmetal alloy wheels
LED headlights and rear signature lights
LED daytime running lights
Adaptive Front lighting System
Chrome accent for door sills
Reversing camera

Interior
Half black leatherette seat trim with red piping (black fitted as standard, half stone leather is fitted to this car as an extra)

Comfort & convenience
Smart keyless entry
Head-up display
i-ELOOP (Brake regeneration system)

Audio/Communication
Integrated navigation system with 3-years free European map updates
Premium Bose® surround sound system
7 Bose® speakers

Weights & Capacities
Kerb weight 1310kg* Permitted Gross Vehicle Weight 1760kg
Fuel tank 44.0 litres Fuel type Petrol
Luggage capacity 287 litres / 1197 litres (5 seat mode / 2 seat mode)
*including 75 kg driver 

Performance
0 to 62 mph 8.7 sec
Top speed 124 mph

Fuel Economy & CO2 rating
Combined 44.1 mpg 150 g/km Euro Stage 6

Warranty & Servicing
Duration 3 years / 60,000 miles
Servicing Every 12,500 miles or 12 months (whichever comes sooner)

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Mazda CX-5 2.2 175ps AWD Sport Nav Diesel
£29,795 as standard
£31,455 adding Soul Red Metallic paint, Safety Pack and Light Stone Leather (in lieu of Black),

ADDITIONAL STANDARD EQUIPMENT ON THIS CAR (above SE-L Navmodel)
Exterior
19” Gunmetal alloy wheels
Adaptive Front lighting System
LED headlights
LED front fog lights and daytime running lights
Reversing camera

Comfort and Convenience
Smart keyless entry

Interior
Black leather seat trim
8-way power adjustable driver seat with memory
6-way power adjustable front passenger seat
Power driver lumbar adjustment
Heated front seat (3-stage settings)

Audio & Communications
Premium Bose® surround-sound system with 9 speakers

Safety Pack (optional on Sport Nav Diesel models only)
Adaptive LED headlights
Blind Sport Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Lane-keep Assist System  with Driver Attention Alert
Rear Smart City Brake Support

Weights & Capacities
Kerb weight 1688kg (including driver 75kg)
Maximum weight 2110 kg
Fuel tank 58.0 litres
Fuel type Diesel
Luggage capacity 503 / 1620 litres (to tonneau cover/to ceiling) 

Performance
0 to 62 mph8.8 sec
Top speed 129 mph

Fuel economy & CO2 rating
Combined 54.3 mpg 136 g/km Euro Stage 6

Warranty & Servicing
Duration 3 years / 60,000 miles
Servicing Every 12,500 miles or 12 months (whichever comes sooner)

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Mazda6 Saloon 2.2 150ps SE-L Nav Diesel
£23,995 as standard
£24,655 adding Soul Red Metallic paint.

ADDITIONAL STANDARD EQUIPMENT ON THIS CAR (above ‘SE’ model)
Exterior
Privacy glass
Dusk-sensing headlights
Rain-sensing front wipers
Power-folding door mirrors
Front and rear parking sensors

Interior
Auto-diming rear-view mirror
Two additional audio speakers (total 6)
Integrated navigation system with 3-years free European updates

Comfort and Convenience
Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
Rear cabin air-vents

Safety & Security
Smart City Brake Support

Weights & Capacities
Kerb weight 1568 kg* Maximum weight 2055 kg
Fuel tank 62 litres Fuel type Diesel
Luggage capacity 480 litres *including driver (75kg)

Performance
0 to 62 mph 9.1 sec
Top speed 130 mph

Fuel consumption & CO2 rating
Combined 68.9 mpg 107 g/km Euro Stage 6

Warranty & Servicing
Duration 3 years / 60,000 miles
Servicing Every 12,500 miles or 12 months (whichever comes sooner)

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