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Please help! My task is to write down everything 'terrible' about the Mazda6.

By Stephen Turvil
Apr 18, 2012
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Please help! My task is to write down everything 'terrible' about the Mazda6. For some vehicles this might take until the end of time and space, but this large family workhorse is so capable that there is virtually nothing to criticise. The handling, for starters, is exceptional. As such this saintly lump of metal has sharp steering, slick transmissions, a decent ride, and rock-solid body control. It is even entertaining enough to drive just for fun.

The Mazda6 scores highly on practicality too. It seats four people in comfort, five at a push, and the saloon has a surprisingly spacious 510-litre boot. Not enough? No problem. The estate's cargo capacity is 519-litres, increasing to a mighty 1,751-litres with the rear seats folded flat. That makes it one of the most spacious in its class. For crying out loud... there must be something we can criticise? Perhaps the left wing mirror is 2.7mm too wide?

The frustratingly capable Mazda6 is available with a wide range of refined and responsive engines. As such there is no point in criticising its environmental credentials, as the most economical 2.2-litre 129PS diesel versions average 54.3mpg. Emissions are a rock-bottom 133g/km. This eco-warrior even has reasonable performance, hitting 62mph in 10.9 seconds. Speed lovers are catered for too, as the 2.5-litre 170PS trim hits 62mph in only 8.4 seconds. There is something for everyone - so again the Mazda6 is impossible to fault.

Further strengths include the robust construction and high specification. In fact, even mid- range models have: climate control, Bluetooth, MP3 compatibility, an electronic stability programme, and four electric windows. High-spec trims have parking sensors and leather seats too. All this is wrapped-up in a very sharp suit. Who says all everyday cars look dull? Hang on though... there is something to criticise. I cannot stand the size of its spark plugs.

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By Stephen Turvil
Apr 18, 2012