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The Fleet – Fourth report: Mazda 6

Time 5:43 pm, October 2, 2015

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 Car Dealer fleet. Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.01.34

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 head-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 head-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.

by John Bowman

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