What used Mazda 6 estate will I get for my budget?
A budget of £5000 will get you an early Mazda 6 with well over 100,000 miles on the clock, so we’d suggest you up that to around £7500 for an example with an average number of miles on it. Better yet, spend £9500-£11,000 and you’ll find plenty of refreshed 6 Tourers with the improved interior and better infotainment system. You'll be looking at cars registered between 2013 and 2018. Spend £18,000 or more to find a facelifted 2018 car, and around £18,000 to £22,000 on a 2019 model. You'll need £22,000 to £26,000 on a good 2020 or even 2021 car.
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Go for the 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel for the lowest emissions of 113g/km, but the more powerful diesel emits 121g/km and therefore sits in the next tax band along, which is considerably more expensive. Both 2.0-litre petrols put out 136g/km.
Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending on the CO2 emissions the engine produces (see above for more information), while examples registered after this date will have the same flat-rate fee for cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. This currently stands at £155 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Mazda offers fixed-price maintenance; this will give you a price menu of how much common maintenance operations such as changing the brake discs or pads are, and you can then use this to compare prices with independent garages in your area. Mazda also offers extended servicing plans to cater for different ownership and usage requirements, and the 6 should be about average for the class in terms of servicing costs.
Insurance costs should be similar to those of rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat. The entry-level 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel are in group 22 and 25 respectively; the most powerful 2.5-litre petrol is in group 26, with the range-topping 181bhp 2.2-litre GT Sport Nav diesel falling into group 31.
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