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The Top Gear car review:Mazda Mazda6
For:Clever engine tech, low costs, pretty styling, superb drive
Against:2.0-litre petrol engine is noisy
What is it?
Mazda is a relatively small company trying to compete in a sector that has defeated many. The large saloon is, unless it wears a premium badge, something of a dying breed these days. Fleet drivers simply don’t need to think twice when given the choice between a decent-spec Toyota Avensis or a base-spec BMW 316d SE.
That’s why Mazda has had a rethink with this new Mazda 6. The first genuinely new car from its so-called ‘SKYACTIV’ methodology, it’s lighter, greener, smarter and prettier. It’s trying to be a viable alternative to the premium brands, with good looks and intelligent brand appeal of its own. And, newly enhanced last year with added polish for its weaknesses (namely, the interior), it’s a genuine contender.