The comeback of the saloon

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Despite the rise in popularity of SUVs, there's still a lot to be said for getting behind the wheel of a smart saloon, evidenced by the Mazda6

The continued rise in popularity of the SUV and the ever increasing choice of SUV models, from the compact, the midsize, the family and finally the sporting SUV.

A person could be forgiven for wondering does anyone buy a saloon car anymore?

Well its true less do so now as most buyers turn to SUVs but many may therefore forget just how nice to drive a really good saloon car can be, way more so than any tall and softly sprung SUV. Such a car is the latest updated Mazda6, a saloon car you will really want.

I have been road testing the new Mazda6 2.2 SkyActive diesel, and here are my thoughts!

The new Mazda6 is a very smartly styled 4 door saloon. This latest model gets a new front grille, new more slim front headlights and a mildly revised rear section.

In all it gives the Mazda6 a very classy “executive car” style that is very appealing.

I really like the modern, clean design of the cabin. Whilst this is the top of the range Platinum model all models have a very high quality feel to the interior.

My test car was finished in Stone Grey leather with contrasting leather trim to the dash and it both looks and feels sumptuous.

The dashboard is clearly laid out with a multifunction screen to the right of the analogue speedometer. The centrally mounted 8” TFT colour screen can run all the usual functions, such as, communications, navigation, climate and so forth.

The graphics look like they could be updated in comparison to some rivals but otherwise it works well.

The specification list on this model is huge but highlights include, adaptive headlights, Bose Sound system, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Head Up Display, G-Vectoring control, smart keyless entry, Mazda MZD connect, lane keep assist and much more.

There is a huge amount of head and legroom both front and rear and a big boot.

In short this cabin is a lovely place in which to travel as driver or passenger. My test car was powered by a 150 bhp 2.2 litre SKYACTIV diesel mated to a lovely 6-speed manual gearbox this Mazda6 proves to be a good performer while being equally frugal, burning just 6.1 litres of diesel per 100km. Road tax costs €200 a year. It is a really refined engine. They have done a masterful job of making this a very nice and very clean diesel powerplant.

In a word …….yes! This is what sets a saloon car such as this apart from the SUV. Its a really rewarding drivers car.

Prices kick off at €31,945. The Platinum model on test here costs €40,595 which is no small sum indeed. However the new Mazda6 6 rewards with top quality, a lovely style, a gorgeous interior, plenty of standard kit and its great to drive. Who needs to follow the crowds to an SUV, this new Mazda6 makes you want a saloon car again.