Mazda 6

4/5
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Verdict

This large family saloon combines good looks, efficient engines and an engaging drive to make it one of the best options on the market

Performance

The Mazda 6 is available in two guises, saloon and Tourer (estate). Both come with the choice of one petrol and one diesel option with two varying power outputs. The petrol option is the 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G with 145bhp and is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox only. The 2.2 SKYACTIV-D comes with a choice of 150 or 175bhp and is available with the option of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2.2 175bhp diesel makes the 6 feel really nimble and delivers power impressively.

Ride & Handling

When you sit into the Mazda 6, you feel a lot lower down than you expect in a family saloon. Combine this low slung position with a short throw manual gearbox, sharp direct steering, real agility, and you arguably have the most fun saloon car to drive on the market today. It’s Skyactiv lightweight construction mean it’s stiffer and lighter than before and it changes direction with reassuring pace. Ride is not too compromised by this sporty setup however, with the Mazda 6 absorbing lumps and bumps well at all times. Avoid the 19 inch wheels for optimum comfort.

Refinement

The Mazda 6 styling, like each other model in the range, benefits from the KODO design ethos giving the car the sporty appearance to match its drive. Inside, the quality theme continues with the same smart design and superior finish. The Mazda 6 comes with a choice of two trim levels. These are Executive SE and platinum. The standard level of equipment is very generous with every model getting a 7 inch touch screen infotainment system, multi-function steering, cruise control and keyless start.

Quality & Reliability

Like the rest of the latest Mazda range, there is no questioning the build quality or standard of materials used throughout the cabin. The 6 features quite a large cabin with sweeping dashboard that follows a single design line from one side the other. While the dash is treated to the same attention to details with stitched leather and metal insert style finish, it doesn’t quite have the same impact as it does in the smaller models. However, it is still beautifully finished and to a standard you would be quite content with in a premium marque.

Safety & Security

The Mazda 6 scores top marks with five stars in Euro NCAP safety crash testing. It also packs some impressive safety tech as standard that includes six airbags, electronic stability control and emergency braking system in higher spec models. There is also some additional tech available on the options list that includes lane departure warning, auto dipping headlights and rear vehicle monitoring should danger be imminent behind you.

Space & Practicality

The Mazda 6 comes in saloon or the more practical and versatile Tourer. Both are roomy in terms of space for passengers, but legroom in the rear is not as good as rivals like the Skoda Superb or Ford Mondeo. There is good storage throughout the cabin with large door pockets and cubby under the centre armrest. Boot space stands at 483 litres which again is tighter than the above named rivals. This can be increased however to a hefty 1632 litre by dropping the back seats into a completely flat position.

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Key Facts

Make

Mazda

Model
Mazda 6
Variant
2.0 SKYACTIV-G
Car Category
Family Saloon
First Launched
2012
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed Manual
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Saloon
Price New
€28,746
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
L/100km Combined
4.6
Average km/L
21.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
62
Fuel Tank Range
1351 km
Cost of filling a tank
€81.47
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.12
CO2 emmissions
116 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
145 bhp
Max Power kW
108
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1998
Engine Cylinders
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Top speed
208 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
9.5 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Saloon
Doors
4
Seats
5

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Kerb weight
1300 KG

Technical Information

Power
145 bhp