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Our Fleet: Mazda6 2.2 D 150 Sport Nav - October 2013

Mazda
BIK List Price
£25,540
Mazda 6 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
N/A
Mazda 6 BIK Percent
CO2
108g/km
Mazda 6 CO2
Combined MPG
67.3
Mazda 6 MPG

Review

The Mazda6 stands out. I mean really stands out.

Its rakish nose peeps out from a crowd of cars, revealing the sharp lines adorning its stylish body.

Without doubt it’s the best-looking car in its sector and it has a feel-good factor every time I return to the car park – this one’s mine.

Well, it's Mazda’s really, of course, but we’ve assumed ownership for 12 months. And that means taking care of it.

Following a recent visit to Mazda dealership Donalds of Peterborough to sort a problem with the smart city braking system, the 6 made a return trip for its first service, at 12,500 miles.

It was another pain-free visit: the car was back serviced and fully valeted after two hours.

A big thumbs-up to Donalds for excellent customer service – not least the efficiency with which it directly invoices the company.
What’s less impressive is the Mazda’s fuel consumption.

Regardless of my driving style, it struggles to hit the low 50mpgs; its natural level seems to be 47-48mpg, substantially below the official figure of 67.3mpg.

Compared with the Volkswagen Passat on the Fleet News long-term fleet, which is happy to achieve its claimed 61.4mpg on longer journeys and more generally hovers around 54-55mpg, this is disappointing.

For me at least, it calls into question the real-world savings achievable by Mazda’s much-vaunted SkyActiv technology.

However, this still translates into a reasonable fuel cost of about 13ppm (as opposed to the 9.47ppm figure on the Fleet News running costs calculator), favourable to the generous Advisory Fuel Rate of 18ppm for a 2.2-litre diesel. Company car drivers will still be satisfied with that return.

Top Speed
N/A
Mazda 6 Top Speed
VED band
B
Mazda 6 Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Mazda 6 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £8,400
4 Year 80k : £6,075
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 42.72
4 Year 80k : 39.67

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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