Mazda has scored yet again at the glittering What Car? Awards 2005 in London last night with a double win for Best Coupe for Mazda RX-8 for the second consecutive year and Best Estate for Mazda6 for the third consecutive year.
Best Estate: Mazda6 Estate
"The Mazda6 is our Estate Car of the Year for the third time in a row. Yet again, it has managed to shrug off stiff competition and some seriously good new rivals to take the title," commented What Car? editor David Motton.
What Car? liked the use of storage space and versatility: "The square-sided boot is low and easy to use and can be extended up to 1,712 litres - a capacity that few competitors can beat - and the whole thing is wrapped in a stylish body that neatly disguises the car’s size.
"However, it’s the way in which the Mazda6 hides away the 60/40 split rear seats that really impresses us and teaches the best of the rest a thing or two."
Price also played a role in Mazda6 winning Best Estate: "What’s more, you don’t have to pay through the nose for this innovation either; Mazda is selling the 6 at a cracking price. Our favourite is the cheaper of the two diesels, powered by a 119bhp engine that offers plenty of pace and pleasing economy," What Car? added.
The Mazda6 Estate offers plenty for the fleet and retail customer. What Car? explained: "Low emissions combine with the low list price to make it a top choice for the company driver too, while private motorists are rewarded with good resale values.
What Car? editor David Motton summarised the appeal: "Mazda6 Estate isn’t only a car that you buy with your head. It is great to drive, so can stir the soul of enthusiasts, too.
"It’s a winning formula. This blend of practicality, enjoyment, style and value keeps the Mazda6 a good stride or two ahead of the estate pack in 2005."