What's the used Mazda 6 estate like?
The Mazda is a good-looking family estate that delivers on all fronts. But, perhaps most imoprtantly, the load area is usefully shaped, easy to get at, and, when you need more room, the rear seats drop easily and quickly, with no need to remove the headrests first. To cap it all, the cabin is roomy enough for five, and the driver's seat suits all shapes and sizes, with a good view out.
Then, of course, because it's a Mazda, it promises to stay super-reliable provided you service it properly. And, where older Mazdas hid their talents beneath dull bodies and yawn-some cabins, this one is handsome. The quality of the materials is good, too, and the workmanship looks top-notch.
Best of all, its quality goes more than skin-deep. The range gained four stars out of five from Euro NCAP for occupant crash protection, but only one star out of four for protecting pedestrians.
It's every bit as good to drive, too - the estate has direct steering and handles tidily. The ride's generally comfortable, too - although it's definitely on the firm side at low speeds, it settles nicely once you reach out-of-town speeds. Even on the motorway, the cabin is refined, although, whatever engine you choose, you will hear some engine noise if you work it hard.