Long term report: Mazda 6 Tourer
I've done a fair few miles in the mighty Mazda this month and I must say I've thoroughly enjoyed every one. Recently it's been used to transport me to various business meetings, airports and a holiday and its ability to pound the motorways in comfort never ceases to impress. Having tried several other long termers on the fleet, I've decided our 6 Tourer is by far and away the most comfortable.
After last month's phone call from a dealer helping me solve a few bugbears on the 6, I thought things would be relatively quiet this month. Not so. No sooner had the locking issue been resolved, a warning light telling me that 'tyre rotation' was due, illuminated the dash.
A shout-out for help was answered by Perrys dealer group. Apparently tyre rotation isn't something that happens when you drive, but actually means swapping the fronts to the backs, for more even tyre wear and increased life from the rubber.
That said, life with a massive estate is proving pretty handy. It's transported the family and what appeared to be enough luggage for a rugby team to the airport for our skiing holiday – even my snowboard fit comfortably in the back with the seats down. That cavernous boot has even been called into action to lug a two-seat leather sofa from a friends house to the office too. I was convinced it wouldn't fit – but my word it did. It saved us the cost of hiring a Vauxhall Vivaro, which is always a bonus.
Model: Mazda 6 2.2D 175s Sport Nav Tourer
Price: £27,955 (as tested)
Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
Power: 173bhp, 420Nm
Max speed: 137mph
Emissions: 121g/km CO2
Mileage this month: 2,349
This month's highlight
Realising I wouldn't have to hire a Vauxhall.