posted 6 years ago

Used Mazda6 Tempts Thrill Seeking Family Motorists

The used Mazda6 offers consumers a rare concoction of family focused practicality and sporty no-nonsense thrills.

The used Mazda6 offers consumers a rare concoction of family focused practicality and sporty no-nonsense thrills. That sounds pretty good to me, in fact these characteristics make this capable vehicle one of the best in its class. So, let's consider why a 'previously enjoyed' Mazda6 is such great value for money.

The second generation Mazda6 was introduced in 2007 in hatchback and saloon guises, then the estate version followed in 2008. Although not vastly superior to its predecessor, this large family car is more refined and has more space. Rear occupants gain an extra 20mm legroom and the estate now carries 1,751 litres of luggage. The estate also has a luggage covering tonneau that opens and closes automatically with the tailgate.

The used Mazda6 is available with various engines, but the pick of the bunch is the 2.2- litre diesel. This smooth unit comes with outputs of 127, 160, 177, and 182bhp and the most powerful version reaches 60mph in 8.2 seconds, and averages a family friendly 50mpg. Alternatively, the 2.5-litre 167bhp petrol model has similar performance to the largest diesel, and averages 34mpg.

Right, that sums-up the engines – now for the Mazda6's party piece. Despite looking like the kind of vehicle driven by insurance salesman, the 6 has sporty, entertaining, and engaging handling. This is partly due to its pin sharp steering that is borrowed from the RX-8 Coupé. This complements the excellent chassis that provides plenty of traction and inspires confidence. The only downside is a firmer than average ride, but this is a small price to pay considering the benefits.

The used Mazda6 also has a comprehensive technical specification. High-end models have a stability control system, key-less entry, cruise control, a sporty start/stop button, parking sensors, and electric leather seats. This is all wrapped up in a robustly constructed package that is listed in Motoring.co.uk's database, on 2008 registrations, from only £10,000. Who says practical family cars have to be dull?