The Mazda6 Tourer brings stunning good looks and a fun driving experience to the often mundane and practical estate car class. Its sharp looks and spacious interior helped it take top spot in the CarBuyer Best Estate car award, while low running costs and impressive standard equipment should cement its position for the coming year.
With cars like the ageing Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia feeling quite dated against more modern competition, the fresh Mazda6 Tourer raises the game in almost every area. Impressive Skyactiv technology improves fuel economy and lowers emissions, while minimal weight increases mean it's just as entertaining to drive as the sleek saloon.
It's comfortable too, with cushioned suspension that feels firm but not crashy, supportive seats and direct steering. An excellent five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating means it's a reliable, family-friendly load-lugger, too. We recommend the punchy 148bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel in SE-L spec. Fitted with the slick six-speed manual gearbox, the Tourer will return 64.2mpg and emit just 116g/km of CO2. These lowly emissions figures mean it's cleaner and more frugal than a BMW 320d, which is both smaller and lighter than the Mazda.
What's more, all cars get 17-inch alloys, air-conditioning and cruise control as well as a 5.8-inch touchscreen and USB connectivity. Behind the car's good looks and sharp lines is a practical and spacious interior. It gets a 1,648-litre load space with the rear seats folded, and the smartly designed opening makes loading bulky items very easy. The front seats are well bolstered and the interior is covered in practical cubbyholes, while the extended roofline means rear-seat passengers will be comfortable, too.
A good reputation for reliability and a comprehensive three-year/60,000-mile warranty should stand the Mazda6 Tourer in good stead, with good-value service plans and competitive financing sealing the deal.