Mazda 6

Mazda 6 Motability car sideThe latest Mazda 6, the third generation, is a large family saloon and estate car that is quite simply the best looking car in its class, its swooping lines and bulging wheel arches can make other family cars look quite plain by comparison. These looks and excellent driving credentials led Auto Express to award The Mazda 6 ‘best new family car’ for 2013. The big Mazda does not quite offer the rear legroom or limousine rear space of the Skoda Superb, but the major drawback to mobility customers is the fact that the Mazda 6 is a saloon and not a hatchback so access to the 483 litres of boot space is compromised, not so good for buggies and chairs but there is always the equally delightful estate version of the Mazda 6.

 

Mazda 6 Motability car interior

The Mazda 6 is a very comfortable car, the seats are supportive and the driving position and viability excellent, the sloping lines of the car to lead to a slightly low head height for the tallest of rear passengers but access is excellent through the wide opening rear doors. The dashboard is well laid out, if a little ‘old school’ but in an attempt to keep thing modern all cars come with a 5.8″ touch screen display which can be an integrated Satellite Navigation system if you upgrade to the ‘nav’ version of your chosen trim level. The entry level SE also has as standard, 17″ alloy wheels, push button start/stop, bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, manual air conditioning and daytime running lights, move up to the SE-L model and the air conditioning becomes automatic as do the lights and windscreen wipers, the heated mirrors fold at the flick of a switch and front and rear parking sensors together with rear privacy glass complete the package.

 

Mazda 6 Estate Motability car

There are two excellent engines to choose from, the well regarded 2.2 litre diesel with 150bhp and wonderful economy of 72.4 miles per gallon, while available as an automatic, (not available this quarter). The 143bhp 2.0 petrol engine is superb in its own right and offers superb value, the claimed 51.4 miles per gallon for the manual gearbox or 47.9 miles per gallon for the automatic according to external reports is not far off achievable and the power is smooth through the six manual or automatic gears, 0-62 is a very respectable 9.5 seconds for the manual or 10.5 for the automatic and the top speed a very creditable 129 miles per hour.

Saloon Mazda 6

Summer Best Buy –  Mazda 6 2.0 petrol  SE- L  Nav Manual Saloon  –  £999 Advance Payment (£64.80 +£173 wpms) 

Summer Best Buy –  Mazda 6 2.0 petrol  SE-L  Nav Automatic Saloon   –  £1299 Advance Payment (£245 wpms)

Estate Mazda 6

Summer Best Buy – Mazda 6 2.0 petrol  SE-L ‘Nav’ Manual Tourer Estate   –  £999 Advance Payment (£64.80 +£173 wpms)