Mazda6 Tourer on long-term test: looks good – but is a diesel still worth considering?

Alex Robbins
Mazda6 Tourer long-term test car and Alex Robbins

We have long been admirers of this sleek family car in both saloon and estate forms, but does the Tourer version have the substance to back up its style – and back up Mazda’s ambition to pitch it as a premium product?

Our Car: Mazda6 Tourer 2.2d 150PS SE-L Lux manual

List price when new: £28,095 OTR

Price as tested: £29,245

Official fuel economy: 62.8mpg (EU Combined)

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June 12, 2019

Fuel economy this week: 55.7mpg

One final airport run seems as good a way as any to say goodbye to the Mazda, given how much of its time it’s spent trekking back and forth to Heathrow. It’s heading back after six (and a bit, due to a delay in the arrival of its replacement) generally very contented months during which I have grown rather attached to it. 

On such journeys the 6 has always been the perfect companion. Its high-speed stability and adaptive cruise control take the sting out of crowded motorways on the way there and back, while its beautifully appointed interior, complete with beautiful swathes of brightwork and leather, has always been a joy to return to after a long day’s travelling, especially when climbing aboard in a cold, dark car park. 

But during its time with us the 6 hasn’t only impressed us on trips to the airport. It’s proven a pretty decent dog wagon; the neat in-built dog guard has almost never been furled. That said, these journeys with the dog in tow have shown up one of the 6’s larger failings: its boot is rather too small for an estate of this size. 

Sometimes, Alex's dog wishes he wasn't quite so tall...

There’s more than enough length and breadth in the boot’s shape to allow Luther, our labrador cross, to spread out when laying down, but the minute he decides to sit up again, he has to stoop to avoid clonking his head. The culprit, I suspect, is a high boot floor combined with the sloping roof. 

Happily, the 6 did prove capacious enough to carry all our luggage on our ski trip to France in January, and it proved an effortless and deeply enjoyable way to cross an entire country; what was more, its excellent handling meant it was far more fun than I expected on the mountain roads when we got there.

Indeed, the 6’s trump card has proven to be the way it drives, and I’ve been surprised repeatedly by the amount of fun you can have in a reasonably large, diesel-powered estate car. The body resists lean very well, there’s plenty of grip, the nose tucks into corners eagerly and there’s even a decent amount of feel through the steering. The sweet manual gearchange is the icing on the cake.  

The 6 Tourer is a great-looking thing, although it's definitely not a load-lugger like many of the estates of yore

And what about our initial premise, whether a diesel engine is still worth considering? To my mind it’s still the best way to spec your 6. Yes, there are petrol alternatives in 2.0- and 2.5-litre forms for those deterred by diesel, but the former lacks grunt and the latter is rather thirsty.

In comparison, this 2.2-litre oil-burner always feels gutsy and responsive, and posts fuel economy figures either of the petrol engines could only dream of. Diesel might have a bad rap, but here it’s still the best option. 

It hasn’t been all plain sailing, mind you. In addition to that cramped boot, I’ve found the ventilation system to be rather sub-par, both in winter when it takes forever to de-mist, and in summer when you need to fiddle with it to keep the car cool.

I’ve also found the engine can be rather grumbly when it’s cold, especially at town speeds. And while the ride has always proven comfortable enough at high speed, it is a touch on the firm side around town, a trait which becomes particularly noticeable when it joggles you over particularly churned-up patches of tarmac. 

The interior of a Mazda6 matches rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes, although its demisting system has proved iritating

The thing is, I’d live with these flaws, particularly when you consider what impressive value this version is. The asking price sounds high, but the SE Lux version gets you all you could possibly want, including heated seats and a heated steering wheel, the adaptive cruise control, leather seats all round and LED headlamps.

And given how upmarket the 6 Tourer feels, it compares well with its premium-badged rivals in that regard. Indeed when we started this test last year, we set out to ask whether the 6 Tourer could cut it against those premium rivals, at which Mazda has pitched it.

Well, an Audi A4 Avant is quieter and smoother; a BMW 3-Series Touring is more entertaining to drive; a Mercedes C-Class is more spacious. 

But the 6 Tourer feels as classy as any of these three, while offering more equipment at a lower price. And with that in mind, if you were in the market for a car like this, you’d be mad not to pay your Mazda dealer a visit. 

June 7, 2019

Fuel economy this week: 53.2mpg

Now that summer has (sort of) arrived, I no longer have to contend with the Mazda’s achingly slow demisting in the mornings, which is a blessed relief. However, the warmer weather has brought with it another complaint to do with the ventilation system.

In theory, the climate control should be self-regulating. Set a temperature, hit ‘auto’, and leave it to do its thing – that’s how it works in most cars. However, as the temperatures have warmed, this has proven insufficient in the Mazda, as the interior gradually grows warmer and warmer as the journey progresses. 

Eventually, I’ve found myself having to adjust the temperature downwards, turn up the fan manually, or having to rectify the situation some other way, lest I find myself sitting in a pool of sweat. 

In the grand scheme of things, of course, this is no great hardship, as one only has to adjust the system to get comfortable again. But the whole point of climate control is that you shouldn’t have to – and given I very rarely find myself having to take such remedial action in other cars so-equipped, it suggests that the climate control in the Mazda isn’t really doing a great job of controlling the climate.  

May 17, 2019

Fuel economy this week: 54.7mpg

As you’ll probably have guessed from the paucity of updates in the last few weeks, I haven’t had much chance to get behind the wheel of the 6 Tourer of late. That’s partly because my wife has been driving it far more; whether it’s been to help her sister move house, or to do long motorway runs in greater comfort than her little old Kia Picanto.

Having spent so much time in it recently, I thought I’d ask her thoughts, to give a bit of perspective from someone who isn’t as concerned with motoring journalist-type things like lift-off oversteer and secondary ride comfort.

“Around town it feels quite a large car for me, and a little unwieldy,” she says. “The clutch bite point is softer and trickier to find than I’m used to, and I find that because my driving position is so low I don’t have as good an idea of where the nose ends.

The 6 looks good, but stand-in tester Alex's wife finds rearward visibility lacking due to the sloping roof and narrow rear window

“I also found that there isn’t as much rear visibility as I’d like. Because the rear window is quite slim, it’s quite hard for me to place where the tail end is going when reverse parking. 

“I don’t like the way our dog Luther struggles a bit for head room in the boot, which I think is because the roof is quite low, but I must admit that when you fold the seats down there’s loads of space and you can actually fit in much more than you’d expect.”

“Also on the plus side, the Mazda is great on the motorway - it feels very stable and secure, and the seats are comfortable for long journeys. And I found the central screen really easy to use, even on the move. 

“I really like how solid and well-built the dashboard feels, too, and it looks good. And I find that the instruments are well-placed, which means I barely need to take my eyes away from the road to check my speed.

“I don’t think it’s the best estate car around,” she concludes, “and I don’t think I’d choose it if I had to drive in town regularly, especially with a manual gearbox. But it is very good to drive, especially on the motorway, and it feels comfortable and quite posh inside.”

The 6 Tourer after its service at Croydon Mazda - cleaned and ready to go

More recently, the ‘service soon’ warning appeared recently on the dashboard. It gives you 600 miles to book in a service; plenty of time, or so I thought, until we managed to rack up almost exactly that number in the space of a couple of weeks on various bank holiday trips, airport runs and other errands. Before I knew it, ‘service soon’ had changed to ‘service due’, so I thought I’d better get it booked in pronto.

I phoned Croydon Mazda; nobody on the service desk was available to answer the phone, however, so a salesman took a message and promised someone would call. Normally when this happens, I wait until the next day, the phone conspicuously silent, and then try again. But this time, Kim from the service department phoned me back an hour later. Even more impressive, she told me there was a free slot two days later, and – joy of joys – there was even a courtesy car available.

The dealer even supplied a CX-3 courtesy car while our 6 was being serviced

The handover was swift, and my courtesy car – a fully-loaded 19-plate CX-3 auto with just 160 miles on the clock – was ready and waiting. 

I barely needed it, mind you, for within two hours Kim called again to tell me that the 6 had been serviced, there were no problems, and it was ready to collect. By the time I got back to collect it after lunch, it had even been cleaned, inside and out. I pootled home a happy man.

Much is often said about sloppy service from main dealer service departments, but credit must also go to those who get it right. Not only could I not fault the service I had from Croydon Mazda, but they exceeded my expectations wherever it was possible to do so. Bravo!

March 26, 2019

Fuel economy this week: 53.3mpg

Although it’s only been in my possession for a few months, my 6 Tourer is coming up for a year old now, which got me wondering: what would it be like to buy it as a used car?

A quick scan through the classifieds suggests that a car of its specification and mileage (coming up on 6,000 now) would set you back £21,000 or so.

At first glance, that looks a little pricey given that you can buy a BMW 318d Sport Touring for less. However, while the BMW has an identical power output and is a little more involving to drive, it can’t match the Mazda’s specification, coming with cloth seats for that price and lacking the Japanese car’s heated seats and steering wheel. 

As a used buy a BMW 3-series Touring appeals - but it's not as well equipped as the Mazda

Pricier used rivals, meanwhile, include the Audi A4 2.0 TDI Sport Avant and Mercedes C220d Sport estate; again, neither comes as well-equipped as standard as the Mazda. 

Given its excellent interior quality, then, the 6 looks like a tempting used alternative to the premium models – if you can live with the fact that its badge still doesn’t quite hold as much cachet. And next to these models, its small boot doesn’t pose quite as much of a problem, given they too share similarly sloping hindquarters. 

But what about the more mainstream models, with their upright tails and, consequently, more practical boots? 

Well, there’s the Ford Mondeo, which is both cheaper and more fun to drive, too, but it’s also lumbered with a Fisher Price interior that can’t cut it next to the Mazda’s. The Skoda Superb is classier, and comes with a simply enormous boot, but it’s achingly bland and doesn’t come as well-equipped as the Mazda for the same cash. 

Perhaps a VW Passat is the pick of used estates

Arguably the most tempting used alternative to the 6 for many buyers, then, will be the Volkswagen Passat Estate. You can now get a 2.0 TDI GT with the same power output as the Mazda for the same price. Not only is the Passat more comfortable and quieter, but its boot is much larger, too, making it more practical – and in this spec you get almost as many toys, too. 

Of course, the downside with the Passat is that it’s rather more bland – both to look at and to drive. So which would I choose?

Well, I think it would come down to my needs. If my estate was to be a full-time family hauler, I’d go for the Passat. However, if all I was after was a little extra space now and again, the extra character and higher specification of the Mazda would swing it for me. 

March 12, 2019

Fuel economy this week: 54.2mpg

Light use for the Mazda recently came to an end with another trip around the M25 to Heathrow, this time to head off to the Geneva motor show press day.

The unbridled glamour of the long-stay car park at Heathrow

The mid-morning start meant none of the demisting shenanigans of last time – though I’m more inclined to believe that the warmer temperatures have made it less of an issue than that the problem has rectified itself completely.

Having been in and out of several other cars recently it was surprisingly pleasant to jump back into the 6. True, I found I noticed the clatter of its diesel engine rather more than normal – proving for once and for all in my mind that it’s noisier than it really needs to be. 

Repair or replacement required? This stone damage was inflicted on the M25

But other than that, the Mazda did its usual excellent job of smearing away yet another motorway journey, this time in congested, fast-moving traffic, with comfort and ease. And upon my return to England’s cold, drizzly embrace, I actually found myself climbing aboard, firing up the heated seat and steering wheel, sticking some relaxing music on and relishing the schmooze back home.

That was the plan, anyway – sadly, on the southern stretch of the M25 I had a rude awakening from a stone hitting the screen right in my eye-line. Even more irritatingly, it left a chip that’s going to need repairing. Fiddlesticks, and so forth. 

February 7, 2019

Fuel economy this week: 46.6mpg

1,392 miles. That’s how many I’ve added to the Mazda’s odometer since last we spoke – most of which spent dashing from Surrey to Briancon and back again. So just how did the Mazda fare as a cross-continental cruiser?

Well, first things first; despite the fact it was only my old friend George and I travelling, the Mazda’s relatively tiddly boot meant what with the skis, ski boots and snacks we were carrying, we had to stow one of our two larger bags on the rear seats. Even without the skis, I’m not sure how we’d have managed had we been four-up; chances are we’d have been crying out for a roof box. 

We’d decided to hop across on a Friday evening and stop overnight in Calais, ready to do the rest of the trip on the Saturday. That being the case, we opted to take the Eurotunnel, bearing in mind it would take only a half-hour chunk out of our evening rather than an hour and a half. As a result, we were at the Ibis in Calais in time for a swift couple of celebratory beers in the hotel bar before bed.

All aboard the Eurotunnel Shuttle en route to a skiing break in France

The next morning dawned bright but blistering cold, and we were away promptly with a minimum of fuss, the Mazda’s demisting issue happily not proving too much of a concern. Its heated seats and steering wheel, however, we were extremely grateful for. Our navigation was provided by Google Maps and our music by Spotify via Apple CarPlay; so it remained, in fact, for the majority of the trip, and we barely used Mazda’s infotainment system. 

As the day wore on and the miles rolled by, the Mazda proved once again what a terrific cruiser it is. Quiet, comfortable and reassuringly stable, it blended into the background like all good mile-munchers should. Granted, hard acceleration down a slip road gets the engine a little raucous, and it isn’t perhaps as responsive as some of its more modern rivals – but still, you never find yourself actually wanting for grunt. And the adaptive cruise control made dealing with slower traffic or congestion a doddle. Happily, too, I didn’t find myself with any lower back pain problems as I had before; yes, I could still do with a little more lumbar, but I could live with the 6 as-is – indeed, I did so for several two-plus-hour stints. 

mazda6 longterm

“So how much does it cost?” asked George, sufficiently impressed by the Mazda’s general aura of quality and composure. I told him – and then explained that all the toys, bar the Apple CarPlay and metallic paint had come fitted as standard. He was quite surprised, reinforcing my opinion that the 6 looks, feels and is equipped as though it should have cost at least £30,000. 

Later, as we approached our destination, we turned off the motorway and crossed the Col de Lautaret. Almost 7,000 feet up in the air, the Mazda barely felt any the worse for the lack of oxygen, still pulling strongly up the hills – but the best was yet to come. On the run down into Serre Chevalier, we had an unexpected bonus: a clear stretch of dry road ahead. I pushed on somewhat, and even fully loaded and two-up, it managed to put a smile on my face, its crisp steering, marvellous body control and slick gearshift suddenly making it feel every bit like a car from the same stable as the brilliant MX-5. 

mazda6 longterm

Having arrived safely and parked the Mazda in a little car park just across from our apartment, we then didn’t touch it until it was time to leave. When the time came to start it up almost a week later, the demisting issue again failed to raise its head, but the 6 still wasn’t entirely happy.

The glow plugs took a while to do their thing and there were some odd reverberations from the engine. I let the car warm through a bit and opened the bonnet to see if I could trace the sound – but by the time I’d done so, it had stopped. I chalked it up to the old girl being a little grouchy after her week-long slumber in -13C temperatures; understandable, really, as I’d have felt the same. Who says modern cars can’t have character?

The 6 wasn't entirely happy about being parked for a week in sub-zero temperatures

On the return leg, the Mazda proved just as effortless. Throughout the whole trip, in fact, it was a class act – a paragon of reassuring comfort and solidity. Fuel economy, too; I don’t think the figure above was too bad given the full loads, French motorway speeds, steep hills and spirited driving involved.

Indeed, if a part of me had worried this trip could take the shine off the 6 thanks to the issues I’d previously had with it, that didn’t happen. If anything, by the time we got back to the Eurotunnel for our train home, I was even more enamoured with it than ever. 

January 15, 2019

Fuel economy this week: 54.1mpg

A recent early-morning start for a drive to Heathrow was frustrated somewhat by a trait the 6 seems to have that’s become prevalent in the recent cold weather: namely, it takes an age to demist.

Actually, that doesn’t quite tell the whole story, because on some occasions the 6 even manages to remist itself. 

There are times you know you’re going to be in for a long wait, because you’ll emerge from the house to find the windscreen already opaque. However, other times you’ll climb aboard when it’s clear, only to find to your dismay that by the time you’ve buckled your belt and started the engine, it’s already misting up.

Do not adjust your computer: this is the 6's screen after five minutes of demisting

Strangely, if you punch the demist switch, the blower motors don’t spool up to their full speed, which seems odd given its main objective is to clear the screen as quickly as possible. So I’ve learned to whack the fan up further still, while checking the air-con is on and the recirculate function isn’t active.

Nevertheless, the screen takes an age to clear – so much so that on this particular morning, with only a vestigial gap in the murk starting to appear after several minutes and with a flight to catch, I actually resorted to going back into the house, grabbing a cloth and wiping the screen clear. 

I’m trying to decide at the moment whether this is actually a fault with the car, or just a ‘they all do that, sir’ foible. Gut instinct tells me the latter, but I have heard other 6 owners (not to mention colleagues on other titles who are running 6s as long-termers) suffering with the same issue, so the former could equally be true. Still, I’m tempted to book it in at a local dealer, just to check there isn’t something more serious occurring. 

Snow chains at the ready for a trip to the French Alps

It’ll have to wait a couple of weeks, however, because next week a good friend and I are off to the French Alps in the 6. No winter tyres this year, against my better judgement – they aren’t a legal requirement in France, but while I’m a firm believer in such things, it’s a big expense for a car I’m giving back in a few months, and one I just can’t justify at the moment.

I have, however, bought a set of snow chains (practice fitting pictured – and needed, as you can see) as a backstop – fingers crossed I won’t need them.

My supply of demisting cloths, on the other hand, might prove to be a necessity. I’ll fill you in on the trip once we’re back. 

January 8, 2019

Fuel economy this week: 53.4mpg

“You have checked it will fit in the car, haven’t you?” said Mrs R, as we emerged from the local garden centre, one six-foot Nordman Fir rolling around in our cart. Fact is, I hadn’t – but, frankly, I didn’t see the need, as the Mazda’s boot was bound to be more than capable of swallowing it.

That said, the 6’s boot isn’t quite as big as you’d think. Mazda will tell you the Tourer is a lifestyle estate, along the lines of a BMW 3-series, rather than an out-and-out load lugger like the Skoda Superb, which is a rather brittle excuse for a distinctly average 522-litre load bay. A Superb’s, for comparison purposes, is 660 litres – or almost four airline cabin bags’ worth more. 

A 6ft festive festive tree fitted with ease

Still, what space there is is practical, with the low load lip and square shape meaning you can use every last jot of it. And with the seats folded down – the work of a flip of a lever on each side of the boot – the flat floor made it easy to slide the tree in. And yes, it did fit.

As indeed, despite the rather dinky proportions, does our labrador cross, Luther. There’s plenty of room for him to stretch out, though, it has to be said, he does have to bow his head in order for us to shut the sloping boot lid; the low roof doesn’t give him a lot of head room when it’s shut, either. Happily, he spends most journeys lying down, so it isn’t too much of an issue

The 6 Tourer has a useful built-on dog guard as standard. Luther seems to enjoy his berth in the back, although an old towel helps him maintain his footing

Curiously, he also finds the carpet rather hard to grip on to – the minute we go round a corner, he’s scrabbling around and sliding across the boot from one side to the other – a problem we solve by putting towels or blankets down for him to improve his grip. 

One great feature of the 6’s load bay I must point out, though, is the standard dog guard, which unfurls from a canister just ahead of the retractable load cover, and latches into the roof. We unrolled it the minute we got the car, and haven’t had cause to remove it since; however, if we wanted to fold the seats down again to fit larger items in the boot, it’s entirely removable in a matter of minutes. 

December 17, 2018

Fuel economy this week: 56.1mpg

A series of meetings meant a busy day’s driving, taking me from south London to Stratford-upon-Avon, then back down to Goodwood in West Sussex before returning home again. It was a good chance to see how the Mazda would cope with long-distance motorway travel – a crucial part of the repertoire of a car like this. 

I made use of the adaptive cruise control through the foggy rush-hour traffic on the M25. It’s a good system that accelerates and brakes for you smoothly and in good time. My car being a manual 6, you have to change gear for it yourself, but the system takes account of that and doesn’t shut off when you dip the clutch to change up or down, unlike some.

The 6 estate still looks handsome, even in Britain's December murk

Of course, if I had an automatic, the cruise control would be able to maintain the car’s acceleration and braking in stop-start traffic; in the manual car, this isn’t possible, so it shuts off at around 15mph and allows you to retake control. Nevertheless, given that most of my driving at this point was above this speed, the adaptive cruise did most of the work, and that meant I found myself relaxed and refreshed by the time I arrived in Stratford.

For the next slog, back down the A34, M3 and M27, I plugged in my phone and made use of Apple CarPlay. Smartphone mirroring doesn’t come as standard on the 6 – it’s a £350 option – but it’s worth every penny. It can get a little confused when you plug your phone back in after a short break, but otherwise it works well, and the ability to stream music through Spotify using the car’s native controls is welcome.

What was more, I found myself using the Waze app for navigation, rather than the car’s standard sat-nav, which proved a godsend when it informed me there was an accident and a traffic jam ahead, and routed me around the worst of the traffic.

Extensive motorway and dual-carriageway work led to an average of more than 56mpg - which compares well with the 62.8mpg official figure

By the time I arrived at Goodwood, though, I had found a problem. I was developing a dull but irritating ache in my lower back. I drive with the lumbar support out to its fullest, but even with it set that way my back feels concave and slouched. It simply doesn’t extend out far enough to provide decent lower back support – and while that isn’t a problem if you’re only in the car for an hour or less, on longer drives it starts to become noticeable. 

Despite this, on the journey back from Goodwood, the Mazda won me back. By now I was tired, it was dark and the roads were busy. Yet with the heated seat and steering wheel turned on, the Mazda was cosy and cosseting. What could have been an irksome and arduous drive went by quickly, and the last motorway leg with the cruise control doing its thing and the whole car feeling stable, settled and secure was as easy as could be.

In all, then, it’s proved its mettle as a capable motorway cruiser – I just wish it had a bit more lower back support to make it perfect.

November 27, 2018

Fuel economy this week: 55.3mpg

It’s a rare thing that someone asks a motoring writer for their advice on which car to buy, then actually buys the car they suggest. In asking, more often than not, people really want confirmation or validation of a choice they’ve already made. But every now and then, someone does actually go out and spend their hard-earned on a car you’ve recommended. At which point your satisfaction at having helped a friend or family member to arrive at a good decision quickly segues into nerves; ‘Good grief,’ you think. ‘I hope they like it. And I hope it doesn’t break down on them.’

On one of these occasions, the car in question was a Mazda6 Tourer. I needn’t have fretted, because it gave its owner faithful service, hauling him and his family around comfortably and efficiently and remaining rock-solid and terrific to drive for every minute of his three-year custodianship. 

I’ve always had a soft spot for the 6. Fun to drive, yet also comfortable; efficient, yet also punchy; handsome, too, in a way you only notice when you stop to admire it. This latest facelift only improves matters, if our recent drive in the saloon is anything to go by, thanks to its terrifically executed interior – one which suggests Mazda’s aspiration to lift the 6 into the ranks of its more premium rivals is more than just marketing bunk. 

The Tourer's load bay will be put to use transporting dogs, luggage, garden waste and probably more besides

It’s a big ask, mind you, especially from a car that is now just over five years old beneath the recent nip-and-tuck. Can it make good on those upscale aspirations? And if not, does it still stack up as a mainstream choice? 

I’ve got six months to find out. So, without further ado, time to introduce you to ‘our’ 6 Tourer. First things first: we’ve gone for a diesel. Yes, yes, diesel is supposedly the devil’s fuel now, and diesel sales are consequently taking a nosedive, which is why Mazda will now sell you a 2.5-litre petrol alongside the 2.0-litre petrol option that’s always been available. Nevertheless, in cars of this sort of size and above, petrol alternatives are still just a little too thirsty for many to make the switch, so more buyers than you might think are sticking by their diesels. 

That’s why we, too, have gone for an oil-burner; the 148bhp version of the 2.2-litre engine, to be precise, whose quieter running and good spread of power make it nicer to drive and live with than the more potent 181bhp option. We’ve also gone for the SE Lux model, one up from base, which benefits nevertheless from a pretty extensive kit list including leather seats, heated up front and matched to a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and even adaptive cruise control. 

We know from a recent test of the updated saloon that the 6 rides well and is comfortable over long journeys

The only extra available, in fact, is smartphone mirroring (£350), which we’ve added – we’ll report back on whether it’s worth having before too long. And of course, we’ve opted for metallic paint at £800, too, the Soul Crystal Red paintwork adding an extra lustre to those Voisin-esque – as my colleague Mr English once put it – front wings. 

The next six months, then, will give us a chance to work out whether the 6 Tourer’s beauty is more than skin deep. It’ll be pressed into service hauling people, dogs, luggage, garden waste and probably more besides. We’ll also try to work out whether diesel still is worth considering, or whether its time has now passed. But along the way, I also hope to find out whether this is still a car I’d recommend to a friend, five years on. 

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    The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex had a “row” over whether the young bridesmaids at the royal wedding should wear tights, it has been claimed, as Tatler magazine publishes a profile of “Catherine the Great”. The society magazine, which claims to have spoken to numerous friends of the Duchess of Cambridge, has described an “incident” ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in which the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have been left in tears. "Then there was an incident at the wedding rehearsal,” a source named only as a ‘friend’ told the magazine. “It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. “Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn't want them to.” Photographs from the 2018 Sussex wedding, (below, top) appear to show the bridesmaids with bare legs, while those from the Cambridge wedding in 2011 (below, bottom) show even the youngest members of the party wearing tights.

  • Could Your Next Favorite Beauty Product Be Hidden in One of These Sephora Favorites Sets?
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    Could Your Next Favorite Beauty Product Be Hidden in One of These Sephora Favorites Sets?

    Not only are Sephora Favorites kits a great way to get introduced to new products, many include deluxe-size samples that aren't sold anywhere else. And, while they make perfect carry-on options, there's no reason why these items can't be tested out at home first, too. If you're looking for a beauty product that's new (to you) or a new self-care activity idea, you can accomplish twice as much by doing your own experiments like using a packaged set to find your next favorite mascara or lipstick. Filled with value and bestselling items to try, there are sets specifically focused on summer beauty, fragrances, and even a couple with plant-based options, too. Several of these kits recently arrived at Sephora - like the newly launched Hello! series - while others have already earned rave reviews from other shoppers. Plus, some include full-size items (in addition to travel-size ones), or let you choose your favorite mini in full size later (for no additional cost). Learn more about our favorite new and already-popular Sephora Favorites sets ahead.

  • Glenn Fine: Watchdog sidelined by Trump over coronavirus response becomes latest to resign
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    Glenn Fine: Watchdog sidelined by Trump over coronavirus response becomes latest to resign

    The Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Donald Trump over the coronavirus response has resigned.Defence Department Principal Deputy Inspector General Glenn Fine submitted his resignation on Tuesday after being removed as chairman of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee more than a month ago.

  • 'Hop hop down the stairs' Groot the dog in New Jersey has hilarious way to get downstairs

    'Hop hop down the stairs' Groot the dog in New Jersey has hilarious way to get downstairs

    Groot, a one-year-old American bull, in Hazlet, New Jersey, has a hilarious way to go downstairs, he hops his way down, filmed on Tuesday (May 26). "Groot [was] hopping down to annoy his brother," the filmer said.

  • Charity worker found dead at her east London home with Covid-19 after failing to join memorial service
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    Charity worker found dead at her east London home with Covid-19 after failing to join memorial service

    A charity worker was found dead in her home with Covid-19 a day after failing to join a live-streamed memorial service for a former colleague, her friends said today.Tributes have been paid to Josephine Mukanjira, 38, who had been self-isolating in her flat in Rainham, east London, with coronavirus symptoms.

  • UK coronavirus LIVE: Boris Johnson faces Tory revolt over Dominic Cummings after death toll jumps by 134
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    UK coronavirus LIVE: Boris Johnson faces Tory revolt over Dominic Cummings after death toll jumps by 134

    Boris Johnson will today be questioned by senior MPs over the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday as calls for his key adviser to resign over his travel continue to grow.The Prime Minister is set to face questions on the decision of his top aide, Dominic Cummings, to travel from London to Durham during the shutdown.

  • Latin America has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, WHO says
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    Latin America has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, WHO says

    Latin America has become the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, with infections and deaths set to substantially worsen in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The region has confirmed just under 700,000 cases and 33,000 deaths. But grim reports of cities resorting to mass graves and low testing rates in the majority of countries have led to concerns that these figures are a significant underestimate. “There can be no doubt our region has become the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Dr Carissa Etienne, director of the WHO’s regional office, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), told a virtual press conference on Tuesday. “Now is not the time to relax restrictions or scale back preventative strategies, now is the time to stay strong, to remain vigilant, and to aggressively implement proven public health measures,” she added. The coronavirus is believed to have first arrived in Latin America in late February and has since taken hold in most of the region, with daily infections now surpassing the count in Europe and the United States. There have been repeated warnings that the outbreak could be exacerbated by underfunded hospitals and stagnating economies, as Latin American governments have far fewer resources to throw at the virus than many of those in Europe or North America.

  • Poor flood management blamed as train hits debris washed onto track
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    Poor flood management blamed as train hits debris washed onto track

    Passengers were left stranded for more than seven hours.

  • Trump news - live: President mocks reporter for not taking mask off after asking whether he should be taking insulin during diabetes event
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    Trump news - live: President mocks reporter for not taking mask off after asking whether he should be taking insulin during diabetes event

    After refusing to remove Donald Trump's tweets on MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Twitter announced it was adding a fact check warnings to the president's posts for the first time. It came after the president continued discussing the "very sad and very suspicious" accusations about Mr Scarborough and his former staff member Lori Klausutis.Joe Biden called Trump "an absolute fool" for mocking people wearing a mask as the president appeared to continue mocking mask wearers on Tuesday. Mr Trump denied mocking his presumptive presidential opponent's mask-wearing, while at the same time calling out a reporter for wearing a mask during a Rose Garden event.

  • The story of Lily-Rose Depp: How Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp's daughter became a famous face in fashion
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    The story of Lily-Rose Depp: How Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp's daughter became a famous face in fashion

    Lily-Rose Depp is quickly on her way to becoming a Hollywood superstar - of course, it helps that she already has a cool girl pedigree. Her parents are two famous faces, she splits her time between Paris and Los Angeles and she dated the Internet's crush, Timothee Chalamet.She was born in 1999 to parents Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, who divorced after 14 years of marriage. Even her godfather is famous, albeit unexpected. It's shock rocker Marilyn Manson.

  • The vicar who got Matt Hancock to admit he'll 'look at' lockdown fines on live TV
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    The vicar who got Matt Hancock to admit he'll 'look at' lockdown fines on live TV

    Reverend Martin Poole put health secretary Matt Hancock on the spot with his question at the daily Downing Street press conference.

  • Gogglebox: Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling join Celebrity series during lockdown
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    Gogglebox: Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling join Celebrity series during lockdown

    Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling have joined the cast of Celebrity Gogglebox for the show’s latest season.As of Friday 5 June, the Love Island hosts, who are also in a relationship, will be letting viewers see inside their home during lockdown as part of a new series of the celebrity spin-off show.

  • Kayaker among new wave of migrants crossing the Channel, as French Navy accused of escorting boats into British waters
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    Kayaker among new wave of migrants crossing the Channel, as French Navy accused of escorting boats into British waters

    A kayak and six boats carrying migrants were brought to Dover on Tuesday morning after crossing the Channel illegally, as the French Navy was alleged to have escorted them across the sea. Some 80 people made it to the UK after being shadowed across the busy shipping lane and into British waters by a French navy vessel. Already this month, a record 681 people have made it to the UK in this way. Some 1,336 have made landfall since lockdown on March 23 and 1,715 have arrived this year in total. Those numbers are expected to rise significantly in the coming weeks, and could overtake 2019’s total of 1,890 arrivals soon. French authorities have been given extra financial and technical support by the UK, including drones and authority to cross into each other's territorial waters. They say that over 1,100 migrants were arrested in France in the first quarter of this year, compared to 342 arrests in the same period last year. But there is strong evidence to suggest that their navy ships are shadowing migrant boats into British waters where they are collected by Border Force agents and brought to Britain. Home Office sources told the Telegraph: "At sea, under international law, the preservation of life is paramount. There have been some instances where migrants refuse to board French boats. The boat will remain with the migrants to ensure their safety."

  • As a black man who's watched white Republicans fake outrage over Biden saying 'You ain't black', I need you to know this
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    As a black man who's watched white Republicans fake outrage over Biden saying 'You ain't black', I need you to know this

    Last week, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made quite the gaffe. At the end of an interview with Charlamagne tha God, Biden said, “I tell you, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black."

  • Greece blocks UK tourists until Boris Johnson brings coronavirus pandemic under control
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    Greece blocks UK tourists until Boris Johnson brings coronavirus pandemic under control

    British tourists could become pariahs in Europe, as Greece left the UK off a list of low Covid-19 countries from which holidaymakers can come to visit. Britain is currently excluded from Greece’s current “white list” of 19 countries where its scientists judge the coronavirus infection rates to have fallen enough for tourists to be allowed into the Aegean holiday favourite. Among those on the list are China, Japan, Australia, Norway, Poland and Serbia but Britain, Italy, Spain and the United States are excluded. Asked if Britain would be included on the “white list,” Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis said: “The UK has a big difference in terms of the current medical status of the country with Greece, so I don’t think it’s likely it will be there.” He indicated Britain still needed to improve if Greece was to open up its border to British tourists. It restarted regular ferry services to its islands on Monday as it eased its lockdown to salvage its tourism season. Foreign tourists are currently required to self-isolate for two weeks, but this is due to be relaxed by June 15 and direct flights to the Greek islands are expected to be allowed to resume from July 1. Official figures yesterday showed the coronavirus curve in the UK continued to flatten although experts suggested the rate of decline was slowing. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 134 people died from disease, taking the country's total death toll to 37,048. Greece is not the only European country proposing restrictions on tourists from countries with high rates of coronavirus. Spain’s foreign ministry said the epidemiological situation in countries of origin would be key in deciding which tourists would be welcome and when. Spain aims to end its requirement for 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals on July 1 but Arancha González Laya, Spain’s foreign minister, said: “We only want people to come from safe countries, but we don’t want to decide individually what constitutes a safe country. “We want to ensure there is a European definition. We don’t want to decide individually what checks are done at the border; we prefer a common European mechanism.” Germany, which lifted its quarantine for arrivals earlier this month, said it would not enter into a “tit-for-tat” reintroduction of the restrictions if Britain went ahead with its 14 day quarantine plans on June 8. But it warned it would reimpose it for countries or regions which had more than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the seven days before a traveller’s arrival. This would include those hit by any second wave of the infection. The UK currently has fewer than 25 infections per 100,000, according to Germany, which is expected to tell its citizens today (Wed) that it is safe to travel in Europe again as it looks to reopen the continent to tourism from June 15. Paul Charles, chief executive of PC Consultancy, a company that advises the tourist industry, said: “European countries are in a very difficult situation. The British are pretty well their biggest visitor numbers and they need them to help their economies to recover. “But they don’t want to risk bringing coronavirus back into their countries. They are caught between the science of sticking to rigid rules and not creating more cases and the economic rationale of letting in as many people as possible to stoke the economy.” He anticipated Europe could open up for tourists in July when most of the airlines had scheduled almost as many flights as they did for July 2019 although Britons might have to rely on bilateral agreements for “air bridges” if the Government maintained its 14 day quarantine. France is introducing a two-week quarantine for British tourists in a tit-for-tat move following the UK Government announcing its plans on Friday. Italy said it would not introduce “tit-for-tat” quarantine on Britons but wants all EU countries including the UK to collectively abandon restrictions on travel from June 15. "We are working for us to all start over together in Europe on June 15," Luigi Di Maio, the country’s foreign minister.

  • 'A campaign to remove the architect of Brexit' - Telegraph readers on whether Dominic Cummings should resign
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    'A campaign to remove the architect of Brexit' - Telegraph readers on whether Dominic Cummings should resign

    Conservative MPs have witnessed a ‘mailbox rebellion’ over Boris Johnson’s decision to publicly support Dominic Cummings. Douglas Ross, the junior minister for Scotland, has since become the first Tory MP to resign over Mr Cummings’ decision to not step down following revelations about his trip to Durham during the height of lockdown. With the Prime Minister now facing his own ‘poll tax moment’, what impact could Mr Johnson’s decision to support his special adviser have on the public’s adherence to lockdown measures? Telegraph readers had their say on whether the remarkable events of the past few days could risk the lockdown fraying and have also shared their opinions on whether the PM’s special adviser should have resigned. Read on to see what your fellow readers have had to say and share your thoughts in the comments section below. 'It's irrelevant - move on!' Clive in Milton Keynes: "Six weeks on from the events in question, this story is irrelevant. The people who recognised Dominic Cummings didn’t take six weeks to realise who he was. The whole thing has become news now because the media realise the Prime Minister is more vulnerable than he was six weeks ago. "If it has an impact on the public’s adherence to the lockdown now, it is because of the obsession the media have with bringing him down, and the resulting focus they have put on events of six weeks ago. The real question is whether his actions affected the public’s adherence six weeks ago when we were at ‘the peak’. Clearly not because those who saw him kept quiet until they could make more mischief. Move on!" 'There are now big trust issues' David Cartwirght: "Cummings should have reported the visits openly. The day trip to Barnard Castle is the event that dammed him for me. Once that came to light, Boris should have sacked him. There are big trust issues now for the swathes of not usual Conservative voters who like me 'leant' him our votes in the last election." 'It highlights how unclear government guidelines were but we need Cummings to stay' Ronen in North London: "We find it abhorrent especially as we learn of the sacrifices the British people all took adhering to the lockdown rules which he helped in draw up. It's hypocrisy at its height. The Prime Minister seems to deny any wrongdoing by Cummings and is at odds with pretty much everyone over it. Perhaps this scandal highlights how unclear government guidelines were? "I don't think he should resign. With a large majority, I'm not too sure the pressure requires Boris to do so either. For the PM to defend him, it just goes to show you how important he is to Number 10. At a time of such crisis, we shouldn't make governing more difficult. The government needs him and ultimately so do we. This, however, should not go without an apology and it won't be forgotten soon."

  • It looks like Amy Cooper, the white woman in the viral Central Park video, is a liberal. That's important
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    It looks like Amy Cooper, the white woman in the viral Central Park video, is a liberal. That's important

    On Monday around 8am, a white woman named Amy Cooper was walking her dog unleashed in a protected area of New York City’s Central Park, a wooded space called The Ramble.

  • The Sephora Skin-Care Products People Are Buying Most While Social Distancing
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    The Sephora Skin-Care Products People Are Buying Most While Social Distancing

    While anyone who loved skin care pre-COVID 19 likely still loves skin care even after this extended period at home, many of our actual routines have changed since most states entered varying degrees of lockdown in March. Perhaps there's a new issue to be addressed like sensitive, irritated skin that's been prone to breakouts lately. Or, maybe that extra indoor time has prompted the start of a new involved regimen or experimentation with not-so-pretty treatments.We analyzed the data of what skin-care products POPSUGAR readers have been buying while social distancing these past few months. There's what you might expect, like plenty of face masks and overnight creams, but there were also vitamin C treatments, AHA/BHA peels, and sunscreen, too. (Kudos for remembering to still wear sunscreen while staying indoors.) These creams, oils, and gels can bring back the hydration that may suddenly be missing, plus serve as a skin reset in a time you need it most. See the Sephora products people have been buying the most while socially distancing, ahead.

  • These 10 Spray Sunscreens Were Made For All the Lazy People Who Don't Want Sunburns
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    These 10 Spray Sunscreens Were Made For All the Lazy People Who Don't Want Sunburns

    Why do we love spray sunscreens? Let us count the ways. For one, it makes applying the product so easy. Sunscreen is something we always need, but we forget to reapply, or we don't want to ruin our bathing suit, or something else comes up, and we don't put it on. Plus, so many people don't like formulas that leave a white cast. With spray sunscreen, all those excuses go out the window. Now, there's no reason for sunburns, because spray sunscreens exist. Whether you're working out outside, looking to get a tan, or coming in and out of the water, there's a spray made for you. Summer is coming, and we have to be protected. Just keep reading to shop our picks. Related: If Your Screen Time Has Increased, You Need to Try These Blue-Light-Protection Products

  • Michael Gove has driven 'on occasion' to test eyesight
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    Michael Gove has driven 'on occasion' to test eyesight

    Michael Gove told LBC he had driven to check his eyesight, but he was "not an authority of driving" as it had taken him seven times to pass his test. When Nick Ferrari put it to Cabinet Minister Michael Gove that Dominic Cumming's Land Rover would not have the petrol capacity to get to and from Durham, the minister said he thought he "bought diesel on the way back."

  • Train firm using disinfectant which ‘will kill coronavirus for up to 30 days’
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    Train firm using disinfectant which ‘will kill coronavirus for up to 30 days’

    Govia Thameslink Railway’s entire fleet of Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, plus stations and staff areas, have been treated with a powerful new disinfectant which it says sticks to surfaces, killing the coronavirus for up to 30 days. The product further improves GTR’s already-enhanced cleaning regime, in which stations and staff areas are treated with more short-term viruscides, and all 2,700 of its train carriages are sanitised every night.