The Mazda6 has been voted the ‘Best Diesel Family Car’ in the 2004 Diesel Car Awards.

Jeremy Taylor, editor of Diesel Car, commented: “The Mazda6 exudes style from every angle and driving experience with each turn of the wheel. Coupled with the great handling and generous interior it offers, the Mazda6 diesel is a worthy winner of our ‘Best Family Diesel Car’ award. It is an impressive package put together with forensic attention to fine details.”

Other road testers agreed. Maurice Glover commented: “The Mazda6 is a good looking family car with fine styling, decent accommodation and a taut chassis.”

“Roomy and capable with grippy handling. It is practical and fun to drive too,” added Sue Baker.

The Mazda6 diesel is available as a four-door saloon, a five-door hatchback and a five-door estate. The saloon version comes with a 2.0-litre 136ps engine, while the hatchback and estate are available with either 2.0-litre 121ps or 136ps engines. Prices start at £14,700 on the road.