Mazda6 Autocar Award

The nearly new Mazda6 has been voted Used Car of the Year by Autocar magazine.

The new Mazda6 was judged to be the safest, best looking and most reliable motor on the short list of nearly new cars.

The panel also celebrated the value for money that nearly new Mazda6s offer with a good example being available from nearly new car websites at less than ?10,000.

Elsewhere in the awards the cheap new Ford Ka won the title of best supermini, while the top executive award went to the cheap new BMW 5-Series.

The magazines award ceremony comes hot in the tyre tracks of the European and Japanese Car of the Year awards, which went to the cheap new Renault Clio III and cheap new Mazda MX-5 respectively.