Picking your next car? Our unique Car Chooser is here to help... | No thanks

Mazda 6 (2008 - 2012)

Last updated 14 March 2016

Neatly styled, entry-level models a good balance of ride and handling, excellent 2.2-litre diesel engine.
Saloon version not popular, DPF problem with 2.0 diesels can lead to engine failure, No spare but full size spare available at £70.
Updated 7 September 2015

Two Mazda 6 2.2 diesel bought by the same owner suffered clogging of the oil strainer in the sump during the same year. First car successfully rejected. 2nd car failed at 36,200 miles. ...

Read more


This is a tale of two cars. On the one hand we have the entry level Mazda 6 1.8S, coming in at a very reasonable £15,100 on the road. On the other, we have the BOSE audio, leather-trimmed 2.5SL at a considerably heavier £20,680.

Actually "heavier" is the wrong word. Because all new bigger, better Mazda 6s weigh in at an average 35 kilos lighter than the old car. As with the new Mazda 2, the company has stopped eating all the pies and is thinking along the same lines as a supermodel.

As well as more car at less weight it's also more streamlined. Little touches, including a gizmo that looks like a horses hoof in front of each of the front wheels, cut drag down to a very impressive Cd 0.27.

That makes it quieter and more fuel-efficient which in turn means it emits less CO2 so you pay less tax, whether you're a private motorist or a company driver. One of the factoids Mazda was keen to impress on us was that whereas the previous 1.8i meant you were taxed on a BIK of 24% of the car's list price, the new 1.8 comes in at 19%. And, though prices are slightly up (balanced by a lot more kit on each model), they reckon the average company driver will pay £20 a month less for more car, whether they go for the 1.8i or the 2.0 litre diesel.

Mazda 6 2008 Model Road Test

Mazda 6 2008 Wagon Road Test 

Mazda 6 2.2 Diesel 2008 Road Test and Video

Mazda 6 2010 Facelift Road Test and Video

Next: Model History

Share this


Owners' Reviews

1.8TS 5Dr Hatchback
By Warning

Love the car

On 17 May 2016
tamura 2.0
By 1234dpx

Good looking and driving car but lot of faults

On 4 May 2016
2.0 TS2 5dr Hatchback
By johncolescarr

No longer good

On 21 March 2016


Buying Advice

Honest John's Newsletter

Connect with Honest John

Facebook YouTube