Motoring Advice: Which should I choose - Mazda 6 or Passat?
Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'.
I have just sold my car privately and am thinking about buying a 171 Mazda6 or a 162 VW Passat both in the UK. They come in around the same price. I do about 30k a year. Which car would you recommend?
Aidan: Honestly, either. Neither will disappoint. I am an advocate of the Mazda6. I play a lot of golf so I appreciate cars with large boots and loads of rear passenger room, both of which the Mazda has in abundance.
The Passat is lovely, especially with the 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to the DSG automatic gearbox. Just be sure to do your math here. The market is healthily supplied with both cars at present and values are softening this time of year. It would be a shame to endure the travel and stress if you can pick up a decent model on your doorstep.
Eddie: I'd always go for the newer car so the Mazda shades it on that. Both are good buys. You in a great position to bargain without a trade-in. My advice is drive the best deal you can for either. Whichever you choose will do the business for you.