Mazda 6 awards (c) Mazda

Mazda does the double at Auto Express awards

The Mazda 6 saloon and Mazda CX5 crossover both picked up prized accolades at this week’s Auto Express awards ceremony, voted as the Best Family Car and Best Crossover respectively.

The Mazda 6 romped to victory, beating off stiff competition from its rivals to be crowned as the Best Family Car – it’s the seventh award the car has won since going on sale in January this year.

Mazda CX5 crossover (c) Mazda

It’s not hard to see why either, as Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler points out:

“The new Mazda 6 brought a number of firsts to the family car class – it uses clever technology to reduce running costs, cut emissions and boost mpg, while it’s also a fantastic car to drive. On top of that, it’s the sort of car you can’t get enough of looking at… it’s simply gorgeous.”

Delivering range best efficiency of 67.5mpg combined with 108g/km CO2 emissions – meaning just £20 road tax per year – the Mazda 6 is superbly efficient.

It offers the perfect blend of performance alongside its strong frugality, too, with the 175hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel car sprinting from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds.

And, as Fowler points out, just because it’s a family car, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Don’t take our word for it though – ask the people at the red dot design awards…

The Mazda 6 wasn’t the only vehicle from the Japanese firm to receive a significant prize at last week’s prestigious awards event – the headline grabbing Mazda CX5 off-roader was crowned Best Crossover for the second year running.

It was another convincing win for Mazda, as Fowler explains:

“It’s a second win for the brilliant CX5 at the Auto Express Awards. This is a car that rewrote the rulebooks for crossovers last year with a blend of great looks, useful practicality, loads of technology and low running costs – it’s going to be a tough winner for any other car to beat.”

The magazine’s judging panel – comprising of the publications writers – assessed the all-new Mazda 6 and its Mazda CX5 sibling, testing the car’s driving attributes, interior quality, running costs and purchase price – with the ranges starting from £19,595 for the 6 and £21,595 for the CX5, it’s difficult to compete where money is concerned, too.

The winners are the cars Auto Express magazine recommends its readers spend their hard-earned cash on – from a business that makes it its job to evaluate the best cars on sale today there can be no higher praise.

So, why not put Auto Express’ opinions to the test and try one of our new Skyactiv Mazda vehicles. If you’ve got a spare half an hour this coming weekend, drop into our Mazda showrooms in Bookham, Surrey or Orpington, Kent – or call ahead to book a test drive on 0844 539 6753.

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