Mazda6 Hatch And Estate

The Mazda6, the Japanese marque’s key fleet car, is top of the class for residual values and pence per mile operating costs.

Residual value experts at CAP Monitor put the Mazda6 ahead of upper medium sector rivals such as the Vauxhall Vectra, Citroen C5, Renault Laguna, Nissan Primera and Peugeot 406 in the latest residual value stakes.

The Mazda6 is leading Mazda’s attack on the UK fleet market with the manufacturer looking for corporate sales to account for almost a third of the 39,000 cars it expects to sell in the UK in 2003.

Strong residual values over three years/60,000 miles and low pence per mile operating costs are key to winning fleet business. Coupled with low list prices it means that the Mazda6 is not only cost-effective for fleets but also for company car drivers from a benefit-in-kind tax perspective.

For example depreciation over three years/60,000 miles on the Mazda6 2.0 TS diesel will be more than £2,000 less than on a Peugeot 406 GLX HDi 110, according to CAP Monitor. Meanwhile depreciation on the Mazda6 1.8 TS will be £900 less than the equivalent Renault Laguna and almost £500 less than the rival Vauxhall Vectra – and has a lower P11D value than both.

Jeremy Thompson, Mazda’s fleet and remarketing director, said: ‘A combination of ultra-extremely competitive list prices and strong residual values means the Mazda6 is an enticing financial package for fleets and company car drivers alike. Crucially, it means that fleets which choose the Mazda6 are losing significantly less money than fleets which choose rival products.

‘For drivers the Mazda6 epitomises the Mazda brand, with sports styling and exhilarating dynamics with practicality and value that’s unrivalled in the upper medium sector.’

An extremely high level of standard equipment includes air conditioning, front, side and curtain airbags, alloy wheels, electric windows all round and ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD).

Model P11D Value RV PPM (fuel + SMR + depreciation)
Mazda6 1.8 TS 5dr £14,315 32% 28.15
Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 LS 5dr £14,480 29% 28.51
Nissan Primera 1.8 S 5dr £14,435 27% 28.53
Renault Laguna 1.8 Authentique £14,415 26% 29.13
Mazda6 2.0 TS 5dr £14,815 31% 30.50
Citroen C5 2.0 SX 5dr £16,015 25% 32.31
Nissan Primera 2.0 SE 5dr £15,920 28% 31.20
Mazda6 2.0 TS d 5dr 121ps £15,420 31% 27.81
Vauxhall Vectra 2.0 SXi DTi £16,235 29% 28.34
Citroen C5 2.0 SX HDi 110 £16,360 27% 28.43
Peugeot 406 GLX HDi 110 £16,660 23% 30.51

Published : 17/03/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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