Mazda 6 video review

  • Class leader in fuel economy
  • CO2 emissions of just 108g/km
  • Our video verdict on Mondeo rival
The new Mazda 6 is a slinky, yet spacious saloon that has the Ford Mondeo squarely in its sights. Mazda is even hoping a few BMW 3 Series buyers could be tempted.

Low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions make the Mazda 6 affordable to run as either a private or a company car. The 148bhp diesel engine costs from £21,795, and is our pick of the range – it's quick enough and is remarkably flexible.

When paired with a six-speed manual transmission, this engine emits just 108g/km of CO2, which puts it in a lower company car tax band than the cleanest Ford Mondeo.

Body control and grip are both good, but light and vague steering frustrate. More of a problem, though, is the 6's high-speed ride, which is far too firm for a car that'll do plenty of motorway miles.

The Mazda 6 is available as both a saloon and an estate, with a choice of four engines – two petrols and two diesels. There are three trims – SE, SE-L and Sport – all of which are available with the 'Nav' suffix that adds TomTom-based satellite-navigation.

Watch the video to get What Car?'s verdict on the Mazda 6.


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By Ed Callow
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