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Mazda Xedos 6

(1992 1999)

Introduction

For years, the of a Japanese sports saloon the kind of prestige and status of a BMW or an was a contradiction in terms. The Germans the class, the Japanese the value. Xedos 6 changed all that it was launched in 1992 but how does it up as a used buy?

Thanks to the small numbers brought the country, the answer is very Sales were limited to 1500 cars each making second hand 6 models sought after on the market, the result being their residual values up reasonably well. A Xedos 6 is a investment in automotive terms and a surprisingly fine compact saloon.

Models

Models Covered: (1.6 4dr / 2.0V6 4dr [standard, Sport, SE] )

The Xedos 6 was the car that launched the (pronounced ‘ker-see-dos’) brand in 1992, Mazda’s attempt to into the BMW, Mercedes and compact executive saloon Initially, only the 2.0 V6 version was – in standard and plusher SE A year later however, a identical single-specification 1.6-litre cylinder version was added to the There was also an automatic but this lasted less a year.

In June 1996, were mild revisions to the which included the addition of a affordable Sport V6 model spoked alloy wheels. A later, both this car and the 1.6-litre model were The entire range disappeared from the Mazda price late in 1999.

What You Get

In launching the Xedos 6 Mazda was the first Japanese to recognise the importance that were attaching to the question of – and the first to act accordingly. The described the Xedos 6 as a car that is different from the rest’, seemed reasonable enough you saw it in the metal. The ultra-low front, the curves, the flush-fitting glass and the front grille; all gave the car identity.

You may see a hint of Jaguar in the sweep of the rounded body. even supposed that customers would prefer to at the car as a four-door sports coupe. You not fail to ignore it either

The boot was huge, the cabin and inviting and the handling taut and In this respect, it helped the manual gear change was excellent and the power steering and communicative, lacking the anaesthetic to the helm of most expensive saloons. Equipment levels extensive in the plusher versions as you expect.

Alloy wheels, anti-lock tinted glass, electric levelling, central locking, fog lamps and powered sunroof, and mirrors were all included, for on the V6 Sport model.

What You Pay

The K-registered 2.0 V6 Xedos 6 models from around £1,200 and up to about £1,900 on 96N plates. The SE version commands a £200-£500 and is your only choice 97P to 99T at prices from around to £3,625, the latter is a big saving on the new price. The short-lived Sport can be found between £2,700 and

If you’d be satisfied with one of the 1.6-litre models, the earliest cost around £1,000, later M to P-platers between £1,700 and £2,600.

What to For

Mazda Xedos 6

Ordinarily, Xedos 6 buyers to be picky, so if you’re thinking of you’ll need to be too. cars that are less pristine and have incomplete records. Check for electrical and minor bodywork and trim

Replacement Parts

(based on a Xedos 9 – approx. exc. Vat) A full system is around £1080 the catalyst) and front and rear pads are about £70 and respectively. An alternator is around and a starter motor around

While on the subject of the electrics, a headlamp unit is £275. a major service is due budget in the of £600.

On the Road

On the road, don’t it to be a BMW 320i, a Golf VR6 or an Audi A4. It but the gap is narrower than you might thanks to handling characteristics Mazda said were more to European tastes. New absorbers coupled to larger and rear stabiliser bars said to be responsible.

The Hiroshima-based was particularly proud of its sophisticated automatic gearbox which selects ‘economy’ or ‘sports’ depending on your mood. To sure that gear are imperceptibly smooth, the same enters into conversation the one controlling the engine to cut torque at the of change. Refinement, in fact, is one of the key of the car; those sculptured help, of course.

So does the impressive build You could criticise the embossed logo on the steering wheel or the lack of legroom in the back, but not else.

Overall

The Xedos 6 may not the image of a BMW 3 Series or a Mercedes but its not far off. A pity that the interior doesn’t match the bodywork but you can’t have At least it should be reliable (a the German competition can always and you’re likely to be the only one in road to have one.

– and those strong values – might the balance Mazda’s way.

Mazda Xedos 6
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