Mazda 6 2.2D 150 SE-L
Week ending February 21
Driven this week 223
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