Mazda6: round-up

Curtain call for the Mazda6

So after 10,000 miles and six months how has the Mazda6 performed? In a word superbly. It may not have all the flashy options of prestige cars such as full leather interior, but given its looks, performance and sheer value for money it is hard to argue against the Mazda 6 being one the best family cars money can currently buy.
Here's what makes it so good:

  • Value: even given the recent price rises, it is still great value compared to such rivals as Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia.
  • Company car appeal: low list price means low BIK bill which means low company car tax.
  • Amount of kit: this TS2 version had six-CD changer, electrically-controlled and heated door mirrors, blind spot indicator, auto headlights and wipers. As standard.
  • Performance: it relishes tackling twisty roads and the 2.2-litre diesel with its 163bhp is deceptively quick.
  • Cost of running: 50mpg-plus possible without having to drive like a total nun and it's more frugal than the equivalent Vauxhall Insignia.
  • Practicality: loads of room in the back for three adults AND a huge boot. You have to remind yourself it is a hatch and not an estate.
  • Clever touches: the rear seat release levers mounted in the boot - one pull and the rear seats fold flat. Small rubber, boot release button - no getting hands covered in winter grime when opening the boot.

 

Here's how it can improve:

 

  • Parking: option of factory-fitted sensors will help reassure more nervous parkers (though some users report dealers offering parking sensors as an after fit).
  • Kit: option of leather for the executive types. Sat nav would be nice too.
  • Blind spot indicator - the best there is but needs to pick up traffic joining from the side rather than just from behind.
  • Er, that's it.

In short, it's that good and it's no surprise that the car has sold well both to retail customers and company car drivers. The 6 is due some revisions this year so it will be interesting to see what they are, but in the meantime if you are looking for a family car that can deliver loads in terms of performance, value and running cost, you may well have just found it.

Current mileage: 16266

Average mpg: 50.4