Mazda 6 2.2D 150 SE-L
Week ending Sept 20
Driven this week: 290 miles
I borrowed the Mazda for an airport run this week, and a trip down to Goodwood Revival festival. First up was Heathrow, and it only took a few moments on the spiralling ramps up to the short stay car park to realise that you can’t really see where the Mazda 6’s long bonnet ends.
Still, I avoided any scuffs and, apart from that and a vague clutch biting point that can encourage some unseemly over-revving as you pull away, the 6 was near faultless. On to Goodwood, and the 6 really shone on the Surrey and Sussex b-roads, mostly thanks to the engine, which I reckon is the smoothest four-cylinder diesel out there.
I’m also chuffed with the standard equipment, given that it came with an umbrella in the door bin and biscuits in the centre console. Perfect for a rainy day at Goodwood.
Vicky Parrott – Vicky.Parrott@whatcar.com
Week ending Sept 6
Driven this week: 350 miles
The Mazda has been on holiday, but it didn't get off to the best of starts. I was ready to leave for Poole in Dorset, but when I pressed the Start button I was confronted by a collection of engine warning symbols.
I called my local Mazda dealer, Lodge Garage, which told me to bring in the car straight away. They solved the problem in no time at all; it was all down to a faulty emissions sensor that was due for a recall. Impressed with Lodge's quick service and friendly manner, I was back on the road within an hour.
I've racked up 1350 miles in the last couple of weeks, with journeys to Dorset and Norfolk. I couldn't have chosen a better car – comfort, space and fuel economy have been excellent, and my family never complained on those long motorway journeys.
The 2.2-litre diesel engine’s torque and instance throttle response makes the Mazda a pleasure to drive, but the biggest plus is the way the 6 makes every journey feel so effortless.
By Stephen Hopkins - Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com