IT'S no mean feat making a full length estate car look easy on the eye, but Mazda achieves it with the stunning 6 Tourer model that drives as good as it looks.
Measuring just over 4.8 metres in length, the car looks dynamic is its styling thanks to a streamlined, aerodynamic body, bright Gunmetal front grille housing the Mazda emblem, a gloss black rear bumper extension, slim light units with adaptive LED headlights, a tilt and slide sunroof, chrome window surrounds and roof bars, body coloured door handles and mirrors, rear privacy glass and 19-inch alloys.
Soul Red Crystal metallic paint costing Â£800 extra completed the vehicle's eye-catching appearance.
The interior is equally impressive with an elegant, clutter-free layout, plus lots of creature comforts to explore.
Our range-topping GT Sport Nav+ car priced at £31,785 (£32,785 with options) boasted the likes of Nappa leather upholstery, plenty of soft touch surfaces, along with Japanese Sen Wood and Ultrasuede trim on the dashboard and doors.
The quality of the Mazda6 Tourer's interior would not be out of place on one of the premium manufacturer's top models.
Techno treats are plentiful and includes an 11-speaker Bose surround sound system, full smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, dual zone climate control air conditioning, front and rear heated seats and plenty more besides.
The likes of the navigation system, communication or vehicle settings are easily controlled on the move via a rotary dial or the touchscreen, and the car's climate control has its own panel for quickly adjusting the temperature or airflow settings etc.
Powered by a 2.2-litre 184ps diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the Mazda6 Tourer could complete the 0-62mph dash in a very respectable 8.6 seconds, maxing out at 140mph. According to official figures, it can deliver combined fuel efficiency of 58.6mpg with carbon emissions of 126g/km.
Out on the open road, the Mazda6 Tourer is a very accomplished performer with rapid acceleration through the gears and a constant stream of power on tap for overtaking slower moving vehicles.
The car certainly lives up to its sporty design too with confident road holding and very little sign of body sway into corners. That's in part due to the vehicle's G-Vectoring Control system which has been designed to allow stable cornering at pace.
I did find the ride a little firm at times which means you will feel the occasional jolt from an unexpected bump or dip, but generally comfort levels are high.
From a refinement point of view, the cabin is well insulated against outside noise and you only really notice any road surface sound when travelling at maximum motorway speeds. But the excellent Bose sound system soon nullifies that issue.
Obviously a car like the Mazda6 Tourer will have plenty of attention from the fleet market and it is an ideal car for clocking up the motorway miles. But it's also agile in the town centres making light work of the stop/start jams and weaving through the traffic. However, you will need quite a lengthy parking space due to the car's lengthy dimensions.
Getting a good driving position is a quick and simple process with plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment and the driver benefits from excellent all-round visibility.
And this is a car that can easily carry five adults along with all their luggage thanks to a boot that will swallow 522 litres of kit - a limit that increases to 1,664 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat.
In addition, there are lots of convenient storage compartments scattered throughout the car with covered trays and cupholders, a central bin, deep door pockets and a glovebox to hide away bits and bobs.