What used Mazda 6 saloon will I get for my budget?
£6,500 will get you an early 2013 Mazda 6 with higher mileage or a car that was previously written off, which means it’s better to up your budget, if you can. Spend between £8000 and £10,000 and you will have a much greater range of SE and SE-L spec cars with 30,000-40,000 miles, dating from 2014 and 2015. Spend between £10,000 and £12,000 on a 2016 model.
As a general rule, you will find that there are greater numbers of diesel examples than there are petrol ones. This is not to say that petrol cars aren’t worth considering, especially if you don’t go on long journeys. It’s just that the 148bhp diesel offers a nicer, more relaxed driving experience with its greater torque.
How much does it cost to run a Mazda 6 saloon?
Happily, not all that much when compared with its rivals. The least efficient petrol engine offers 47.9mpg combined, but the diesel we recommend is rated at 68.9mpg. Admittedly, these figures won’t be reflective of what you can expect in the real world, but even then the Mazda 6 is an efficient choice.
Road tax cost will be £20 per year for the 148bhp diesel manual, but bear in mind that this does go up considerably for the automatic, which costs £115 – the same as a 143bhp petrol with a manual gearbox. Before the 1 April 2017 tax change, the most costly tax-wise was the automatic version of this petrol car at £135; anything registered afterwards will set you back £140 per year, no matter which version it is.
Mazda does offer 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, which you can then use 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.