Modern vehicles are built to much finer tolerances than this of only the turn of the century.
The best advice is to treat it gently for maybe 500 miles then just drive it normally for another 500. The problem manufacturers have is that there are a few looneys about who drive like they are possessed most of the time and it's these galoots that they have to guard against and spell it out to them. Rest assured, rental cars don't get broken in and they rarely suffer for it. I'm not saying you can ignore the advice but don't thrash the thing at high revs, labour it at low revs or sustained heavy load. Mixed duty normal driving is best and don't forget the same applies to brakes and tyres (tires).
Over here, the first oil change isn't due until 12 months or 12500 miles whichever comes first. Again, due to fine tolerances and highly efficient filters, there shouldn't really be a need to do interim oil changes but I'm a bit old fashioned too and diesel engined vehicles can have big problems with the soot from oil getting into the exhaust. We have a very fine filters in the exhaust that can get blocked with soot so I may well do mine in the spring at 6 months for that reason and of course I will document it for the forum.
If any of you gas guys do an oil change and can take some good quality photos, I would be very grateful if you could do the same (it's the same process but the filter is in a different place). You can post up a tutorial or send them to me and I will do it credited to the sender. Eventually they will all get "stickied" into a "how to" section.
Currently CX5 SportNav 2.2 diesel automatic and AWD.
Formerly CX3 SportNav 1.5 diesel automatic and AWD.
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