Our cars: Mazda 6 - February

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  • Digital editor Nigel had his first go in the 6 just as it's about to leave us - but it left him impressed

    Digital editor Nigel had his first go in the 6 just as it's about to leave us - but it left him impressed

  • 17-inch wheels keep the ride as comfortable as possible

    17-inch wheels keep the ride as comfortable as possible

  • Mazda 6's boot is far from small, but the saloon opening is less practical than a hatchback style.

    Mazda 6's boot is far from small, but the saloon opening is less practical than a hatchback style.

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Mazda 6 2.2D 150 SE-L

Week ending February 21
Mileage 16,476
Driven this week 223

Read the full Mazda 6 review

It’s late in the life of our Mazda 6 long-term test car for this to be my first chance behind the wheel, but with a overnight stay in Birmingham, I had a 200-odd mile round trip to complete and I had heard promising things about the large saloon.

It’s a big car and, initially at least, it feels it. However, after a couple of minutes behind the wheel, the 6’s quickness of response to inputs and brisk performance mean it quickly wraps itself around you. If anything, that was a little disconcerting after an extended spell behind the wheel of my squishy Volvo V60 long-term test car. The immediacy of the Mazda meant it felt a little twitchier in the outside lane of the M40 than I was expecting. A few minutes spent acclimatising however, and its composure and focus really begin to endear.

Some of the infotainment set up is a little fiddly and I’d suggest a lot of first time drivers will spend a blank minute or two searching for the expertly-cloaked engine start button. All told though, the Mazda was a comfortable, convenient and perfectly pleasant way to rattle off a wet, rainy motorway commute to Britain’s second city.

By Nigel Donnelly
Nigel.Donnelly@whatcar.com

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