According to vehicle valuation expert CAP, the Mazda6 Business Line, a car specifically designed to appeal to businesses and fleet operators, will retain 4.5 per cent more value than its nearest competitors after three years and 60,000 miles.
The Mazda6 Business Line was launched this year and is expected to keep 34 per cent of its value after three years – above the average of 29.5 per cent for similar cars.
For a car valued at £18,300, this is a significant proportion, according to Jeff Knight, editor of Monitor-Cars, CAP’s residual value guide.
He said: “Not only has Mazda launched a desirable model for company car drivers, it has succeeded in adding equipment which also has kerb appeal in the future used car market.”
He also cited the high level of equipment in the Mazda6 Business Line as one reason why the residual value was so high compared to rival saloons.
Equipment such as 17″ alloy wheels and gadgets such as TomTom satellite navigation, cruise control, climate control and Bluetooth connectivity help to increase the residual value of the car.
Mazda Fleet and Remarketing Director Steve Jelliss said: “We anticipated a strong residual value for the ‘Business Line’ model and we are delighted that CAP has reached the same conclusion.”
Mazda6 Business Line prices start from £18,300 and all models fall into the 20 per cent benefit-in-kind bracket thanks to CO2 emissions of 138g/km – the figure the tax is based on.
Mazda hopes to sell 1,000 Mazda6 Business Line cars every year in the UK, many of which will be on contract hire because of the knock-on effect from the higher residual values attached to the car.