For Low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions make the Mazda 6 affordable to run as either a private or a company car. The 148bhp diesel engine is seriously strong and flexible.
Against The 6’s high-speed ride is too firm, which is a big problem in a car that’ll do lots of motorway miles. Cabin quality isn’t great, either.
Only the Mazda 6’s overly firm ride prevents us from recommending it over a Ford Mondeo. By John McIlroy
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With such impressive performance and fuel economy, the new Mazda 6 has one of the finest four-cylinder diesel engines we’ve ever tried. It also looks good, is smart enough inside and should hold on to its value far better than a Ford Mondeo – making it worthy of consideration not only as a company car, but also as a private buy.
This is particularly true of the entry-level 148bhp diesel in entry-level SE trim. It’s not only the most efficient version of the 6, is also relatively cheaper to buy and well equipped, getting air-conditioning and a touch-screen infotainment system as standard.
Unfortunately, whichever version you choose, you’ll have to suffer can overly firm ride. To minimise this problem, stick with the smallest (17-inch) wheels, but even then make sure you test drive the car for an extended period before buying.