Added: 12th of October 2013
I have owned the car from new and have covered almost 99000 miles in it. Beside normal maintenance costs (Tyre, bulbs brake pads etc)it has cost just £245 (for one item) in additional maintenance in all that time. I do however have it serviced by a Mazda main dealer which, no doubt, is more expensive than using an independent garage but with this sort of reliability the £250 annual service costs are worth it. Even the brake pads didn't need changing until 91000 miles! It is a little noisy at speed and uses a little more fuel than the advertisements but I guess all advertisers push the numbers a bit. It's big enough for five adults and a reasonable amount of luggage space and is huge with the rear seats down. The main gripe is visibility. Although an estate the rear window is quite high resulting in posts used in car parks being below the window height and therefore invisible. As for the front I have little idea where that is but have no problems asking my wife to direct me. I would not buy another without front and rear parking sensors.