First team players Adam Collin and Danny Grainger teamed up with club partners Border Cars Mazda recently to test drive two of their newer models which have already received rave reviews – the Mazda6 and the Mazda CX-3 4WD.
Border Cars have been long-standing friends of the club, providing vehicles for our community, lottery and media departments, and they also regularly show new ranges off at Brunton Park on Saturday match days.
Jon Marshall, Sales Manager from Border Cars said: “We have an excellent relationship with the club and we thought it would be a great idea to get some of the players take a look at two of our cars, so that we could get their independent opinion on them.
“We felt it would be a great way to further develop our partnership whilst also being very interesting in terms of trying something new.
“The two Mazda models we chose have been received really well and the Mazda3 was actually sold within hours of Adam [Collin] bringing it back from his test journey with it. We’d like to thank Carlisle United for getting on board with this and we’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with them going forward.”
Car reviewed by club captain Danny Grainger:
The Mazda 6 has been hailed as one of the best cars currently on the market in the mid-size sedan class and, it has to be said, that is definitely the case with a neat, luxurious look both inside and outside the vehicle.
Comfortable, with controls for everything from driving adjustments to in-car entertainment within easy reach, it’s a car which guarantees a smooth ride and delivers on its promise.
A quiet and smooth transition between gears allows the car to be driven safely – for us the conditions were, at times, nothing short of horrendous – even when faced with wet and wintry weather.
The SatNav system was quick and easy to set up and cruise control kept the car at a steady driving speed with almost no background noise to interfere with the quality of the surround sound system.
Heated seats and steering wheel add a little extra, and storage space is second to none with a boot that could handle the most challenging of long trips.
Overall an excellent introduction to the Mazda range and a car I would most definitely recommend.
Car reviewed by goalkeeper Adam Collin:
Having never driven a Mazda before, the relatively long journey to the Potteries was made into a very enjoyable experience with the Mazda CX-3.
A deceptively small looking car, space and comfort is the order of the day for driver and passengers alike. The controls were all easily accessible and simple to use, very important for any driver when stepping into a new vehicle.
With six gears, and a prompt on when to change up or down, it was surprisingly manoeuvrable and easy to handle for a four-wheel drive vehicle. Sleek and compact in appearance, it drew a lot of favourable comments from those who saw it for the first time and, with tinted windows and metallic paint, has a luxury feel which is also unusual for its class.
The audio system was crisp and clear and the in-car entertainment panel simple to navigate.
This is a car which holds a few surprises in terms of capability and functionality and provides a very enjoyable driving experience.
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