I've had my 6 estate for 2 months now and covered 3000 miles.
I went for the Mazda 6 over the new mondeo, largely because of the long lead times for Diesel Mondeos (6 months +). The Ford dealer didn't either bother giving me a test drive - just told me to go for the Mazda. I know Ford own Mazda, but you would expect the dealers to try and sell their own products.....?
Fuel economy - I'm averaging 46 on a mixture of country/town and motorways. Cruising at 80 on a 500 mile round trip to Norwich, I got 49mpg. I have noticed that the turning the air con off makes a substantial difference to the MPG.
Things I Like I have now got used to the gear ratios, and spend most of my time in 6th at anything above 60 above. Makes for a nice quiet and effortless drive.
Exclusivity. I haven't seen another new 6 estate on the road since I got mine. Hardly see any of the hatches either.
Daytime running lights always on. I've always turned my lights on to drive during the day anyway, so this is one less thing for me to remember.
Equipment levels are very good.
Things I don't like: The plastics scuff and scratch easily. Worried the car is going to look a bit shabby in a few years.
No spare tyre. I paid extra to have one put in, but I now have a huge piece of polystyrene in the loft that was in the tyre well.
CF NET. This is pretty pointless. Its easier to adjust things without touching CF Net.
Overall, recommended. A very good all round package. Rear sensors cost £320. Colliers Mazda handover very good. Economy to date is 42mpg (mway+town),37mpg town).
Minus points: 1.Gearing ratios are a bit high. Needs getting used to as you can find yourself in the wrong gear at times. Maybe it’s early days yet and engine needs to bed in, but at certain speeds and in what you would normally think is the right gear, but should actually be in a lower gear, acceleration is almost horizontal (not linear) when you need it most. Also, difficult to maintain 30 mph limit in fourth gear without straining the engine noticeably. 2.Handbrake offset to the passenger side puts a strain on the elbow and back in stop start traffic. 3.Daytime running lights on all the time-can turn them off if you turn on sidelights, but then sidelights remain on!Confusing. 4.Prefer a spare tyre rather than puncture repair kit. 5.Noisier than other diesels?
Plus points: 1.Stylish, spacious with excellent load space, well thought out interior. 2.Very easy to drive with good handling and grip. Feels light and nimble, yet solid. Lively when pushed. 3.Excellent standard equipment, but no rear sensors. 4.Relatively lower tax rate and Co2 emissions. RFL £120,insurance is low. 5.Market suggests better residuals than the competition. Estate appears better choice and is more versatile than hatchback, which is almost as big-difference in list price between them not great.
I have been running this car for 5 weeks, since opting for the Mazda estate as my next company car, over other cars in the same price band. Having now covered over 3000 miles, I am pleased that I made the decision. The quality overall is first class, and now the engine is loosening up, it is a pleasure to drive. I am also very pleased with the economy. I do tend to do long runs, and the initial tank of fuel returned 42mpg. However within 5 weeks this has risen to 48mpg which includes motorway and town driving, so pretty good. A colleague has a similar spec mondeo and is getting only 39mpg after 8000miles.
I have no real gripes and am very pleased with the specification considering the price, and the fit and finish is excellent. One gripe , and only a small one at that, is that rear parking sensors should be standard on a car this long.
Another bonus is that I have only seen one other 6 estate on the road. I am sure this will change as people realise that this car should be chosen every time over the "normal" mondeo clones.
I have the TS2 Estate, practicality is 5 star, performance seems better that the stated numbers, fuel consuption av 38 mpg, l think that this is due to the very high 6th gear, this means you tend to stay longer in 5th gear in real world driving its hard to stay in 6th, motorways are fine and the computor gives 50+ MPG readings. Some lower plastics do look cheap and its a shame as this is a great car.
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