Mazda 6 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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RRP £24,990What Car? Target Price from£24,290
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Introduction

What Car? says...

One day you’re a somebody, the next you’re a nobody. Some executive cars probably feel a bit like that right now – the Mazda 6 saloon more than most.

After all, if there’s one segment that's suffered at the hands of the SUV boom and the diesel decline, it’s this one. The Mazda 6 and rivals such as the Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and Skoda Superb were the heart and soul of the new-car sales party, but have been left sitting on the stairs as taller, flashier models have a ball.

The 6 is not helped by the fact that it's been on sale for a long time now, but to help combat its decline in fortunes, Mazda has given it regular tweaks and facelifts along the way, and is still ready to try to convince you that there’s plenty of life left in this particular executive car.

That said, it’s always been a sharp-looking choice with decent equipment levels, a pleasant interior and a well-judged balance of ride comfort and handling pizzazz. This latest version has updated suspension to further improve the ride comfort, the steering is designed to be more responsive and the infotainment system has been upgraded with phone-mirroring functionality. 

The headline news, though, is that you can no longer get a diesel engine. Instead, it’s now a petrol-only line-up that includes a 2.0-litre with either 143 or 162bhp, and a 2.5-litre with 192bhp.

So, should you consider a Mazda 6 as your next car, and how does it compare with its most obvious rivals, in particular the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb? That's what we'll be covering over the next few pages of this review, as well as telling you which engine and trim are our favourites.

Don’t forget, for the very best prices on a new vehicle of any make and model, check out the What Car? New Car Buying service, where there are some attractive Mazda 6 Deals.

At a glance

Number of trims4 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? petrol
MPG range across all versions38.2 - 42.2
Avaliable doors options4
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£1,658 / £2,350
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£3,316 / £4,700

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