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Mazda6 saloon - Reliability & safety

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

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3.0 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

The Mazda6 had a bit of a patchy start in this area, with some issues reported on the first few cars off the production line. However, these niggles appear to have been sorted according to owners, who report it's now as reliable as we've come to expect from Japanese products.

Mazda6 reliability

The Mazda6 was rated highly for reliability in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of cars currently on sale in the UK. Of the owners who responded, 15.9% reported experiencing a problem with their car at least once, with electrical issues the most common. Overall, the Mazda6 came 11th out of the 75 models included, and owners were particularly pleased with its looks and low running costs. Hopefully the facelifted version of the Mazda6 should address any quality issues surfaced by owners.


All Mazda6 models come with six airbags, electronic stability control, tyre-pressure monitoring and a forward-facing camera to increase the effectiveness of the standard autonomous emergency braking system. Traffic-sign recognition is included, too, along with lane keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts.

When tested by Euro NCAP in 2018, the facelifted Mazda6 scored five stars for crash safety, with 95% for adult occupant protection.

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