Our Mazda 6 Estate's bright lights are literally brilliant – just not during daylight hours.
I've liked my Mazda 6 Estate's xenon headlights since night one. After the sun's gone down, the bright beams stretch a long way into the darkness. An extra bulb also switches on when I'm cornering at low speed, which then illuminates the kerb (and people).
Both are great features, but even with the headlight stalk turned to 'off' or 'auto' the car thinks it's in darkness and lights up.
Is there any difference between 'off' and 'auto'? Did I pay for the option of dusk-sensing automatic lights and not actually get them? My Mazda can tell the difference between night and day, but it only makes a difference inside the car.
In 'off' mode, the 6 won't bother to switch on the cabin lighting at night, and leaves you fumbling for switches and controls. In 'auto', however, it twigs that the sun has set and turns it all on. Useful.
I could switch to sidelights in the day, but then I sometimes forget to turn the headlights on at night – which defeats the purpose of the automatic setting.
So I leave them on auto and get some odd looks from pedestrians and cyclists, and a few flashes from other drivers. It's annoying.
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