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For 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 is seriously strong and flexible.

Against The 6’s high-speed ride is too firm, which is a big problem in a car that’ll do lots of motorway miles. Cabin quality isn’t great, either.

Mazda 6 Saloon
33 5stars

Only the Mazda 6’s overly firm ride prevents us from recommending it over a Ford Mondeo. By John McIlroy

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There are 12 Mazda 6 versions available

Saloon 2.0 145 SE 4dr £19,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 145 SE Nav 4dr £20,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 145 SE-L 4dr £20,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 145 SE-L Nav 4dr £21,095
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D 150 SE 4dr £22,095
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D 150 SE Nav 4dr £22,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D 150 SE-L 4dr £22,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D 150 SE-L Nav 4dr £23,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 165 Sport Nav 4dr £24,095
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D 175 Sport 4dr £25,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D 150 Sport Nav 4dr £25,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D 175 Sport Nav 4dr £26,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

With such impressive performance and fuel economy, the new Mazda 6 has one of the finest four-cylinder diesel engines we’ve ever tried.
It also looks good, is smart enough inside and should hold on to its value far better than a Ford Mondeo – making it worthy of consideration not only as a company car, but also as a private buy.

This is particularly true of the entry-level 148bhp diesel in entry-level SE trim. It’s not only the most efficient version of the 6, is also relatively cheaper to buy and well equipped, getting air-conditioning and a touch-screen infotainment system as standard.

Unfortunately, whichever version you choose, you’ll have to suffer can overly firm ride. To minimise this problem, stick with the smallest (17-inch) wheels, but even then make sure you test drive the car for an extended period before buying.

Reader test team says:

Mazda 6 Saloon 2.2D 175 Sport Nav 4dr

Only owned for 1 month, so very much initial thoughts: - Have read comments regarding the ride being firm on the 19 inch wheels, personally, I think…

Adrian Murphy

4 out of 5 stars

Mazda 6 Saloon 2.2D 150 Sport Nav 4dr

Chose Mazda 6 150 Sport as company car, this choice was based on 3 main criteria 1)Running cost 2)Reliability 3)Equipment level Unfortunately only 2…

russell mayhew

3 out of 5 stars

Mazda 6 Saloon 2.0 145 SE 4dr

The slogan for this car is "soul in motion" and it lives up to it. To drive this is a fantastic driver’s car. The handling is sweet and the power is…

Mike Kilby

3 out of 5 stars
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