04 February 2013 Last Updated: 29 October 2013

Full Mazda 6 Estate (12 on) Model Review

by Kieren Puffett, Editor

  • Impressive low emissions for large estate car
  • Mid-range trim is well equipped as standard
  • BIK band of 17%, currently £135 for 40% tax payer
Mazda 6 Estate (12 on) 2.2d SE-L Nav 5d - Road Test
In the milieu of the company car office car park, securing status one-upmanship is important.

In the milieu of the company car office car park, securing status one-upmanship is important.

Mazda hopes to play on this with those PAYE staffers looking for a set of wheels that is not only different but desirable. Enter the lower-powered 2.2-litre diesel SE-L Nav version of the Mazda6 Tourer.

The Mazda 6 has never been a common sight as far as fleets go so it already comes with a certain air of rarity for company car drivers. The design of the new version is only going to add to its desirability as it blends a more premium and sporty look.

This is the estate version of the '6, and the Japanese company is keen to emphasise its quality - the car manufacturer has dubbed it a ‘Tourer’. How very German.

Pretentious names aside, the Mazda6 estate looks good and is practical. There’s over 500 litres of boot space, expanding to over 1,600 litres with the rear seats folded down. Compared to the competition, its boot is smaller than a VW Passat but larger than a Honda Accord.

The 2.2-litre diesel comes in two power outputs: 148bhp and 173bhp. This is the lower-powered version, and it comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. It is surprisingly strong and quiet. Even from start up you need to strain to hear it’s a diesel thanks to an absence of clatter - even in cold temperatures.

From low down the rev range the car picks up speed cleanly and quickly. Whether on twisty lanes or out on the motorway, the engine always delivers a quick response to the throttle.

This is no performance model, but it is satisfying to drive all the same. What’s equally satisfying is the low emissions (116g/km of CO2) that plugs it into BIK band 17%, and an official figure of just over 64mpg for average fuel consumption. That’s not bad for a family-sized estate car.

The SE-L Nav trim offers a good blend of kit to service company requirements (Bluetooth, Sat Nav, Privacy glass) and family motoring (front and rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, roof rails).

The sat nav is from Tom Tom and is all the better for it, providing clear and easy to use controls and it’s intuitive to use. That’s an improvement on the usual manufacturers' standard sat nav kit.

So the new Mazda6 Tourer is a break from the normal rep mobiles and hits you with a compelling argument as far as tax and running costs go. However, this is a very competitive market and the mainstream rivals - while offering older product that’s perhaps is not quite as well-equipped - can compete on cost. As ever it pays to do the research and Parkers Comparison tool can help here.

For the full Mazda6 Tourer review go here.

 Mazda 6 estate rear view

Sloping rear boot lid good for looks but cuts down on boot space

Also Consider

Ford Mondeo

The ubiquitous Ford Mondeo Estate is the rep mobile mainstay and packs a huge boot. The 2.0-litre diesel Business Edition version is the one targeting company car drivers.

VW Passat

Slightly posher version of the rep mobile. The 2.0-litre TDi Bluemotion SE version closely matches the Mazda for costs though the Passat is not as well equipped as standard.

Volvo V60

Another alternative take on the company car set of wheels. Good spec, low running costs and comparable company car tax costs means the D4 Business Edition is the one to tick.