Used Mazda 6 Saloon 2002 - 2007 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

2002 - 2007 review
Mazda 6 Saloon (02 - 07)
  • Mazda 6 Saloon (02 - 07)
  • Mazda 6 Saloon (02 - 07)
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Our recommendations

Which used Mazda 6 saloon should I buy?

This is one car where cheap can be cheerful. Equipment levels are high on the most basic models, and even the smallest engine, the 1.8 petrol, does the job pretty well.

There are no poor performers, so the entry-level 1.8 S is an excellent buy. And, handily, there are quite a few for sale, partly because a lot of new car buyers were tempted into it because its list price substantially undercut its main rival's, the Ford Mondeo. But the Ford loses value from new faster than the Mazda, so prices at a year old for the two are similar.

If you need some extra power, you're best off with the 2.0 petrol or either of the 2.0 diesels, with 119bhp or, preferably 140bhp. A 2.3 petrol tops the range, but its running costs will be higher, so give it a miss.

TS is the top-selling trim and includes everything you'd want, so it's the one we'd recommend, but you may also find plusher TS2 and Sport models. However, think carefully before you choose this saloon, as it's nowhere near as practical as the four-door saloon.