Our cars: Mazda 6 - April

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Mazda 6
Mazda 6
Mazda 6 2.2D 150 SE-L

Week ending April 26
Mileage 5200
Driven this week 500 miles


Mazda 6

One of the big strengths of the Mazda 6 is its improved fuel efficiency, so I recently brimmed the tank to see how far I could go on a tank. In the end I blinked at around 540 miles, with perhaps another 20 or 30 in there, which is pretty decent for such a large car.

In fact, the 6's Skyactiv technologies (which include lighter construction and a smart capacitor that looks after the power needed by onboard electrical systems) are resulting in fuel economy of between 50mpg and 53mpg. I’m pretty satisfied with that, even though it's some way off the official average economy.

The only duff point is the clutch pedal, which has a very high biting point that can catch you out in slow-moving traffic. It seems unnatural to me, and other examples of the car haven't given our road testers any problem, so perhaps it's time for the dealer to have a look.

Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com

Week ending April 19
Mileage 4700
Driven this week 190

The Mazda 6 has returned from its DC/DC converter recall which I reported a couple of weeks ago… I’ve only had the car for a few weeks, but I was genuinely surprised how much I missed it.

Still, now that it’s back I’ll be able to put up a more comprehensive report next week.

Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com

Week ending April 5
Total mileage 4510
Driven this week 200 miles


Bad news. The Mazda 6 has gone back to the company's HQ because of a recall. In fact, it was the type of recall that made the news as several cars in Australia have caught fire.

As usual with these things it's an insignificant component that's been causing all the trouble: a DC/DC converter under the driver's seat that's there to suppress electrical interference with the audio system.
Despite a few shock-horror headlines from across the globe I've been told that the chance of it overheating is slight, but it needs to be changed nonetheless.

Like any owner I was told by phone and I've been given a loan car (a CX-5) while the work gets done.

Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com

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