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Mazda 6 (2002–2007)

Last updated 9 October 2018

A very enjoyable drive, with excellent handling and some fine engines. Large luggage bay. Brilliant 'Karakuri' rear seat folding of hatch and estate.
Reports of clutch and 5-speed box probs. Early diesels can suffer big end failure. Can rust in rear arches after 4 years. DPF probs.
Updated 9 October 2018

Driver airbag inflators may not operate as intended. Recall affects cars built f rom June 2002 to June 2005. Owners are urged to contact their nearest Mazda dealer to arrange for the airbag assembly...

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Well just look at it, will you? Walk round it and let your eyes linger on its form, and especially on its lights. When did you ever see a more stunningly dramatic car the same size and price as a Ford Mondeo?

In fact, list kicks off at a very fair £14,495 for the 2.0S Estate, against £15,965 for the cheapest 2.0 litre Mondeo estate. And Mazda consistently comes out tops or close to tops in UK and European customer satisfaction surveys.

However, I have to admit that the car I got to drive worked out a little bit dearer. This was the almost top of the range 2.0TS2 136ps diesel Estate, which comes with just about everything you can think of for £18,595.

Mazda 6 Estate and AWD 2002 Road Test

Mazda 6 2005 Facelift Road Test

Owners' reviews

totally reliable and comfortable on long journeys
Great family car
A sensible, modestly priced driver's car
Great car
Reliable, comfortable and dependable work horse.
Nice car totally let down by clutch problems.
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