Long term report: Mazda6 #4


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Frugal, comfy but a little too complicated for me...

Firstly, I need to make a quick confession. I swiped the keys for VE64 PHU simply assuming that it was the most frugal of the current AOL Cars fleet.
I had a journey to Huntingdon to look forward to, and being rather close to payday, funds were tight.
I had seen the burgundy Mazda 6 in the car park, I had even admired its looks, but had paid it no more attention than that.

Good choice! The six-hour round trip flew by. I have been lucky to spend time in some of our 'premium' cars recently, but none felt more comfy than this.

OK, this model is at the expensive end of the range, with electronic handbrake, swanky entertainment system and even a heads-up display.

Which brings me to my only complaint. I struggled to use it! The infotainment system seemed overly complicated. You also need to have the dexterity of Houdini to view your speed on the heads-up display. That said, it didn't help that a case of bug strike also hindered the view. The disappointing thing is, that this could so easily be rectified by using a slightly less transparent screen. The devil is in the detail as they say.

The knowledge

Model: Mazda6
Price: £27,655
Engine: 2.2-litre diesel six- speed manual
Power: 173bhp
Max speed: 130mph
0-60mph: 9.1s econds
Emissions: 107g/km
Mileage this month: 1,820
This month's highlight:
The six-hour round trip to Huntingdon just flew by.
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