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2013 Mazda6 2.2d diesel manual 175PS Sport Nav Saloon road test review by Oliver Hammond

An all-new Mazda6 saloon isn’t the kind of news that gets everyone excited, but being a saloon lover I for one was really eager to spend a week with one after the very positive reaction it received around its very recent launch. The ‘large family’ and ‘compact executive’ car sectors are rammed full of quite viable choices, so it would be very interesting to see what impression the new ‘6’ made on me. Soon after it arrived, it was clear Sade would approve. Read on to find out what I’m out about and learn how Mazda really is boxing clever at the cutting edge these days.

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I’ve always believed that the best-looking cars are the ones which look like they’re moving, even when they’re stationary. Mazda think the same thing and this is partly what their ‘KODO’ design philosophy is all about. I guess the guy from Mazda is right when he passionately talks about animals (and in particular, racehorses), athletes, body lines which depict ‘leaping’, and strong hip muscles. The new Mazda6 does indeed look dynamic, athletic and sculpted – and I absolutely love it. It looks splendid from all angles but my personal favourites are the coupe-esque side profile with its sloping roofline down to the boot, and the front-three-quarters, with its bulging, purposeful wheel arches and chrome-accented grille, flanked with attractive LED daytime running lights.

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The Mazda6 is classed as a large family car and in my view it therefore has the best styling in its class. Rivals such as the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia, Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat look far less exciting. With striking looks like these, the Mazda6 is capable of poaching a few sales from the executive saloon market and one of the biggest compliments I can pay it is that it Continue Reading →

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Peugeot 508 HDi 200 GT Saloon Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

I’m renowned for my love of large French cars, particularly top of the range ones with all the toys, so it goes without saying that I was itching to get my hands on a Peugeot 508 saloon. Having driven a fair few executive saloons this year already, it was going to be interesting to see how the 508 stacked up – especially in tantalising GT guise.

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Peugeot saloons have never been bad-looking. The 406 saloon was a decent enough attempt, selling large numbers in the UK particularly in the fleet market, and obviously led to the Pininfarina-designed 406 Coupe which hardly anyone will dispute as being a beautiful car. It was replaced by the streamlined, rakish 407 saloon, SW and coupe range, with their gaping ‘basking shark’ front grilles and sleek, sporty lines, which heralded a more daring edge to Peugeot’s design philosophy. And in the background, parallel to both the 406 and 407, there was another Peugeot saloon knocking around – the Continue Reading →

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