Used Mazda 6 Saloon 2007 - 2012 review

Category: Family car

Mazda's 6 saloon is a good car, but the hatchback version is better

Mazda 6 Saloon (07 - 12)
  • Mazda 6 Saloon (07 - 12)
  • Mazda 6 Saloon (07 - 12)
Used Mazda 6 Saloon 2007 - 2012 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published29 January 2010

What's the used Mazda 6 saloon like?

The original Mazda 6 ('02-'07) set a high standard on the used car market for value, but this newer model might just beat it. It's refined, and good to drive and ride in, and should prove reliable.

This version of the 6 is larger than the car it replaced but it's actually lighter. The light-weight loss gives it a sporty edge that makes it nimble and grippy in the bends. The ride is on the firm side, but it shouldn't cause any discomfort. The Mazda isn't quite as refined as class leaders, but it's still relaxed.


Mazda's 6 saloon is a good car, but the hatchback version is better

  • The Mazda 6 is great to drive, extremely reliable and distinctive
  • The 6 is blighted by limited rear headroom and restricted boot access

The saloon body does limit the access to the big boot, but you do get split-folding rear seats that fold down flat to accommodate the largest loads.

Mazda's interior design has a sporty feel, but some of the materials feel a little low rent. There's good legroom for five passengers, along with reasonable headroom for taller passengers in the back.

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How much does it cost to run a Mazda 6 saloon?

The Mazda 6's low CO2 emissions result in reasonable road tax rates for a family car. The 2.2-litre diesel is the lowest polluter, with emissions of 147g/km, but the 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol models aren't far behind at 162g/km and 168g/km.

These low emissions also mean that fuel economy is respectable: the diesels do an average of between 51.4mpg and 50.4mpg, while the petrols come in at around 40mpg.

Servicing costs are typical for this class of car, but Mazda's reliability record means bills should be kept to a minimum.

Insurance starts at group 20 for the smallest petrol, rising to 27 for the most powerful diesel.

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Which used Mazda 6 saloon should I buy?

Petrol power comes in the form of a 118bhp 1.8-litre, or a more capable 145bhp 2.0-litre that's almost as fuel efficient. There is a 2.5-litre petrol engine, but it's rare and not really worth the time you'll take to find it.

This version of the 6 was originally available with a 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, which was punchy, but a bit raucous. You're better off looking for the 2.2-litre unit introduced in early '09, with either: 123bhp, 161bhp or 182bhp. We'd opt for the 161bhp version because it delivers a useful blend of performance and efficiency.

The entry-level S trim comes with air-con, alloys and electric windows all round. The TS adds cruise control and dual-zone climate control. The TS2 has automatic headlights, Bluetooth and a CD multichanger, while the Sport gets bigger wheels and a distinctive bodykit. Sport Luxury brings full leather seats and parking sensors. All models come with stability control and six airbags.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda 6 saloon?