What's the used Mazda 6 like?
The Mazda 6 had always lived in the shadow of the Ford Mondeo; it did, after all, use the same underpinnings for two generations. However, this third incarnation was a new development of Mazda’s own work and the brand managed to create a very good all-rounder that makes an equally good used purchase.
To start with, the Mazda 6 received new engines: a 2.0 petrol in 143bhp or 163bhp guises or a 2.2 diesel with 148bhp or 173bhp. Combined with Mazda’s concerted effort to reduce the car’s weight, these engines make the 6 very efficient – especially the less powerful diesel offering.
There were improvements to the interior, too, which feels more upmarket than that of rivals such as the Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. While there are still some cheap and flimsy plastics around the centre console, most of the dashboard is finished in high-quality materials and all the major buttons and controls have a nicely damped action to them.
The 6 also gets an up-to-date infotainment system, which is backed by an easy-to-use rotary controller and additional shortcut buttons placed just behind the gearlever. From the 2015 facelift, this system was upgraded to a 7.0in full-colour touchscreen. This was improved further in October 2016.
The interior has lots of storage space, including a large glovebox, big door bins – which can cope with one-litre water bottles – and a boot that can handle two large suitcases. What’s more, the 6 comes with a 60/40 folding rear seat as standard to help increase usable boot space. It is hindered by the saloon body shape, as you only get a narrow aperture to load through – a problem that does not affect the 6’s hatchback rivals. What’s more, head room in the rear is a bit limited if your passengers are tall. If this is likely to be a regular issue for you, you might want to look at the Skoda Superb instead.