Review

Mazda6 saloon

Price  £19,595 - £27,495

Mazda6 saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Efficient engines
  • Well equipped
  • Sporty to drive
Cons
  • Big wheels mean firm ride
  • Cabin design
  • Early reliability issues

At a glance

The greenest
2.2 150 SE-L Nav 4dr £23,595
The cheapest
2.0 145 SE 4dr £19,595
The fastest
2.2 175 Sport Nav 4dr £26,295
Top of the range
2.2 175 Sport Nav Auto 4dr £27,495

"Choose the Mazda6 and you’ll get a big family car with class-leading emissions, fun handling and a great sense of style. It’s a great alternative to the norm."

The Mazda6 is a front-runner in the family-car class thanks to its sleek design, powerful yet efficient engines, generous kit and sporty handling. This combination of talents isn’t something you’ll get with rivals such as the Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat or Skoda Superb.

There's a limited choice of engines, but that's no bad thing, as the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel especially strike an excellent balance between performance and fuel economy. Our pick of the range is the 2.2-litre diesel in SE-L trim. This is the lower-powered version, but it still delivers good performance to go with its low emissions. SE-L specification is also pretty well equipped for the price.

If you want the latest safety technology, then you must choose the top-spec Sport Nav model and add the optional Safety Pack. That'll get you a very well equipped car with plenty of performance, especially if you choose the higher-output 2.2-litre diesel.

At the other end of the range, SE trim is reasonably equipped, although if you want options, you have to move up to a higher spec, as there aren’t many extras that you can add.

Interior space is very good, with room for three across the back seat and plenty of space and storage up front. While the Mazda feels well built and hard-wearing, its plastics aren’t as high-quality as what you’ll find in some rivals. The saloon body means the boot isn’t quite as accessible as a Mondeo or Insignia hatchback, but the boot does go back a long way.

Mazda doesn’t sell a huge amount of cars in the UK, so we’ve only had around 60 user reviews of the Mazda6. Still, buyers seem generally very impressed with its performance and dependability, with only minor niggles reported. We are aware of brake alignment problems with some early cars, but these will have been rectified on the production line and shouldn’t be a recurring issue.

Running costs and fuel economy are pretty good considering the performance on offer, and the 2.2-litre diesel can return economy on a par with a regular 1.6-litre engine if you’re gentle.

One negative is the Mazda's slightly firm ride, although it's not hugely uncomfortable, and if you prefer sporty handling over comfort, you’ll find the compromise isn’t bad at all.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

The Mazda6 is a big car, but it’s one of the most efficient for its size, and those with an eye on tax bills will welcome its low emissions.

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

The Mazda6 is a very enjoyable saloon to drive, thanks to its punchy performance and sharp handling that doesn’t compromise comfort.

Interior & comfort

4.7 / 5

Smart-looking cabin marks the Mazda6 out, while the saloon is spacious and well equipped.

Practicality & boot space

5 / 5

The Mazda6 brings a dash of style to the family-car class, but it’s not as practical as its predecessor, largely thanks to those looks.

Reliability & safety

4.5 / 5

A five-star rating puts the Mazda6 saloon on a par with its rivals, although some cutting-edge technology is only optional on top-spec cars.

What the others say

4.2 / 5
based on 3 reviews
5 / 5
“The Mazda 6 injects some style into the family car market, but its talents are more than skin deep. The 6 handles well for its size, and strikes a great balance between performance and fuel efficiency. This is a car you’ll buy with your heart and your head.”
4 / 5
"The new 6 is a considerable step forward over its predecessor. It now has the cabin space and CO2 figures to really make Mondeo buyers think twice – and it drives well too.”
7 / 10
"An accomplished all-rounder. The bland cabin isn’t enough to put us off.”

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What owners say

4.13125
4.1 /5 based on 64 reviews
66%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
22 Sep 2014
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