Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mazda6 2.2D Saloon Sport Nav Auto

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mazda6 2.2D Saloon Sport Nav Auto

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Byline: Enda Mullen

DESPITE being a commendable all-rounder the Mazda6 has always been of those cars that's been somewhat overlooked but the latest version should consign all that to the history books.

The all-new version of the family saloon launched earlier this year is a winner in pretty much every respect and even in an intensely competitive segment it stands out.

First and foremost are seriously good looks that position it pretty much head and shoulders above all the competition when it comes to aesthetic appeal.

Car manufacturers frequently get excited about saloons they say are characterised by sports styling, though to be honest such claims often fall into the idle boast category and are more of a misguided marketing ploy than a reality.

But there's no disputing the fact the Mazda6 looks stunning.

It really does have something of the coupe in its svelte and sleek profile. It reminds me a lot of the Jaguar XF, one of the few saloons that really has managed to pull that saloon sports styling thing off.

Observed from any angle it looks good and if you're the sort of person for whom looks are a priority it's more than got it.

The interior is generally impressive too. Most noticeably it's exceptionally roomy, with passengers in the rear particularly well catered for. It may not be quite as limo-like as a Skoda Superb but again it whips the rest of the competition.

The dashboard is perhaps the only let-down. Given the high standards set in this class the materials used don't quite deliver in the same way some of its rivals do, feeling a little basic and lacklustre in comparison and without the premium feel that tends to prevail in the segment.

The instrumentation is well laid out and easy to use though the switchgear again has a slight corner-cutting feel to it in the quality stakes.

I liked the entertainment and satnav system and its i-Drive-style control mechanism, which has come in for some criticism but which I found easy to use. …

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