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Mazda 6 (2008–2012)

Last updated 6 July 2017

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 6 July 2017

A lot of brake problems all at once reported on an 83,000 mile 2010 Mazda 6 automatic. All the brake callipers started sticking, requiring replacement of the calliper pins as well as discs and pads....

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Introduction

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

Owners' reviews

4
ok
5
In 40 years of driving most reliable car ever
5
Love the car
3
Good looking and driving car but lot of faults
3
No longer good
1
Engine is scrap at 66000 miles
 

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