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Mazda6 Wins Auto Express 'Best Family Car' Award for Second Year

The Mazda6 recently saw off stiff competition for the second consecutive year to win 'Best Family Car' at the 2014 Auto Express New Car Awards.

As well as this win, the Japanese manufacturer also earned commendations for the all-new Mazda3 Fastback in the 'Compact Family Car' category and the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe in the 'Roadster' category.

To judge this year's cars in over a dozen different categories, the magazine's panel looked at each vehicle's driving abilities, exterior and interior design, real-world running costs and their price. To bag the 'Best Family Car' award, the Mazda6 had to beat over four other models, including the highly-regarded Kia Optima and ŠKODA Superb.

Auto Express editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler, said: “The Mazda6 saloon remains the best family car by some margin. Its sharp styling will turn heads and if you get a glimpse inside, you'll see a driver grinning from ear-to-ear – this is a fantastic car to drive. On top of all that, it ticks the boxes buyers of these cars expect these days: it's incredibly efficient, well made and has plenty of advanced kit on board."

Jeremy Thomson, MD at Mazda UK, said: “Our fuel-saving SKYACTIV technology is truly innovative, and is a key factor in securing another glowing endorsement for the Mazda6 from the UK's best-selling weekly automotive magazine. Both the Mazda6 and all-new Mazda3 feature SKYACTIV technology as standard."

The all-new Mazda3 made its debut in the Auto Express New Car Awards this year, with an impressive commendation thanks to its styling and efficient SKYACTIV engines. The judges on the Auto Express panel explained: “The latest Japanese compact sticks to Mazda's philosophy of reducing weight in the pursuit of efficiency, but that also benefits handling, and it's one of the most entertaining cars to drive in any class."

Also earning a commendation 25 years after it was first unveiled, the latest Mazda MX-5 backed up its reputation as one the world's most popular two-seater sportscars.

Auto Express wrote: “Most cars celebrating their 25th birthday would be taking it easy, but not the Mazda MX-5. Now in its third generation, the roadster still delivers plenty of smiles per mile for buyers on a budget. It's an evergreen hit with its recipe for simple, low-cost fun, and 2015's new car will have to be very good indeed to improve on it."