Fighting for market share in the fiercely competitive family car segment is no easy task with most manufacturers pitching in decent cars at good prices. That's also true of Mazda and its excellent offering in the Mazda6 which has an eye-catching design and deserves careful consideration since it offers value for money in a package designed to deliver. The interior is excellent and comfortable and the engines are powerful and efficient which makes the Mazda6 better than average.
There's also a good level of kit, though the further you go up the range, then the more of it is included. Mazda really did go back to the drawing board when they came up with the Mazda6 which is now the third generation of this particular model and they have created something that is not only fun to drive but is also frugal to run. And in the case of the 2.2 litre diesel, efficiency comes in at 72 mpg on the combined cycle and it only emits 104g/km. The petrol engines are also efficient and powerful, the entry-level 2.0 litre version returns 51 mpg and emits just 129g/km.
Economy is improved because this Mazda is lighter than the car it replaced and the firm has developed the impressive SkyActiv technology to help improve efficiency. In addition, the cars have the stop/start system and, unusually for cars in the segment, Mazda has also installed a way to harness energy when the car is not accelerating and then using it to power the headlights, air con and other electrical equipment when the car is stationary. This, claims Mazda, saves around 10% in fuel.
Mazda is going the way of many carmakers and they have designed the Mazda6 with a generic look so all of their cars look similar but that doesn't mean that the Mazda6 is not stylish or modern. The interior is spacious, there is plenty of room for the driver and passengers mainly down to the fact it is the longest car in this segment, and the dashboard is stylish and everything is easy to use. The Mazda6 is not only one of the safest cars on the UK's roads but it’s also one of the best equipped, certainly better than similarly priced competitors. The ride is excellent; rough roads cannot be felt thanks to its impressive suspension and supportive seats.
Why not have a look at the Mazda6 on the official Mazda UK company web site and get the latest news about the Mazda6 in the UK at The UK Mazda Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the Mazda6 on the Top Gear web site.
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