The harsh reality is that the previous Mazda 6 fell well below what the company car market expects from their vehciles; it was inefficient, high in CO2 and lacked the finesse of its fellow competitors. Mazda openly admitted the issues it faced, the scourge of the sales for the vehicle spoke for themselves. While we at CarLease UK enjoyed a number of ‘end of the line’ car leasing deals with the previous model, we all hoped the promise of a better version would come to fruition.
Fast forward to January 2013 and the new Mazda 6 hit our market. Like many other car leasing and contract hire companies, the team at CarLease UK were keen to get their hands of the new Mazda 6 and ascertain whether the positive reviews were justified. When a car receives such attention, we are always prepared to check whether such claims or accolades are justified.
Thankfully, our inquisitiveness was settled last week when our Mazda supplier visited us in the Mazda 6 pictured below. From a purely aesthetics perspective, we were most impressed. The new car is sleek and smooth, akin to what we expect from the modern saloon.
From the reverse, the Mazda has an almost Jaguar feel to it, poignant and definite. The bootspace is ample, more than sufficient for numerous bags, boxes and, should you be lucky enough, a set of golf clubs. Even small features such as the twin exhaust arrangement, add a further sporty feel to the reverse of the vehicle.
Which version should you go for? Much of the attention really falls on the manual 2.2 diesel engine. Capable of 67.3mpg and with CO2 of 108g/km (while achieving 0-62 in 9 seconds), this does push the boundaries of the eco-efficient company car leasing market. For many company car drivers due to be affected by the continuing change to company car taxation, this engine really does offer the most pragmatic solution.
What else do you need to know? The Mazda 6 is available in three primary specifications; SE, SE-L and Sport (with the addition of Navigation on each variant). Each individual variant offers a generous level of specification, the SE-L Nav for example offers Bluetooth, front/rear parking sensors, navigation, iPod connectivity, climate control and alloy wheels, much of the specification you would require for the high mileage contract hire market.
While the team at CarLease UK don’t liek to give out scores on the vehicles we test, what we would say is that the new Mazda 6 offers real food for thought for the true company car driver. Looking at the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia or Peugeot 508? Well, make sure you consider this too, we think you will be more than impressed.