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Mazda6

Executive Cars

1. Mazda6

Model/Engine size:
Mazda6 2.2 150 SE
Fuel:
Diesel
Fuel economy combined:
72.4 mpg
Mazda6

Summary

The executive car market is dominated by German brands to such an extent that many manufactures don’t even try to compete in this sector. If you don’t want to pick from the obvious contenders this leaves you with very little choice and so the Mazda6 is a welcome addition to the efficient diesel party.

The first thing that you notice about the Mazda is that it looks great. If you want to stand out in a good way from the sea of BMWs, Mercedes and Audis in the company car park, there’s no better choice. The fact that the smart lines are combined with good interior space and a competitive 483 litres of boot space just adds to the appeal.

Things get even better when you see the official fuel economy which is excellent for a car of this size. As well as the benefits of lower fuel costs, this also means very low VED and company car tax which is compounded by a very attractive list price which is a full small car cheaper than the German brands.

The 6 does have one mechanical drawback which is that it is front-wheel drive when the best execs are rear. However the Mazda has a very well sorted chassis which means that whilst power slides are out, it offers genuine fun and is more engaging than the front-drive Audi A6. It also frees up interior space, especially in the back, and saves some weight.

If you buy cars based on their ability rather than the badge you have to drive the Mazda6 before you make a final decision. Yes it gives away a little in material quality but it is substantially cheaper to buy, has excellent official economy, looks great and if history is anything to go by, will be very reliable. The fact that it also meets Euro 6 is the icing on the cake and means that we have no hesitation in recommending it.

Read our full Mazda6 review

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
78.5 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
55.4 mpg
CO2 emissions:
104 g/km
Green rating:
VED band B - First year £0
Weight:
1553 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
18%
Price:
£22,295
Insurance group:
21
Power:
148 bhp
Max speed:
131 mph
0-62mph:
9.1 seconds
Euro 6:
Yes