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Mazda 6 (2013–2018)

Last updated 17 December 2018

Nimble and agile handling. Spacious cabin is very well made. Huge improvements to refinement and steering from October 2016
On 19-inch wheels suspension of 2012-2016 cars can feel firm at low speeds. Rear headroom in the saloon is limited for adult passengers.
Updated 17 December 2018

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Introduction

The Mazda 6 puts the Japanese firmly among the frontrunners in the family car class. Thanks to Mazda’s attention to detail and commitment to weight reduction in order to improve economy and emissions, the 6 is good to drive and easy on the wallet.

Mazda’s SkyActiv programme is the over-arching name for the push towards lower emissions and fuel consumption. Rather than any one single technology, SkyActiv looks to make savings anywhere and everywhere, working on the basis that a lot of small savings add up to one large overall saving.

It’s a system that works and means the entry-point 2.0-litre petrol engine offers 51.4mpg claimed average consumption, while the most frugal diesel delivers an official 67.3mpg. Both of these figures are very competitive for the family car class and are coupled to reasonable emissions too.

Further helping to mark out the Mazda 6 is the way it drives, which is also helped by the weight-saving obsessiveness of the SkyActiv approach. The 6 easily bears comparison with the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, though some might find the ride quality of the Mazda a little on the firm side.

The upside to this is the 6 has excellent handling manners and feels very lithe. Its petrol and diesel engine range are very well matched to the car’s abilities and they offer good refinement unless pressed right to their red lines.

Just about the only glaring fault with the Mazda 6 is it’s not offered as a hatchback, where most of its rivals are and this is the preferred body style for most in the UK. Still, the saloon is spacious inside, the Tourer estate is very practical and both are extremely well made.

Mazda 6 2013 Road Test and Video

Mazda 6 2013 2.2 Skyactiv D 150 SE-L Nav auto 'Our Cars' Reports

Mazda 6 2015 2.2 Skyactiv D 150 Road Test and Full 2015 Specs

Mazda 6 2016 revamp Road Test

Owners' reviews

4
I've never owned a car that so many people comment on!
4
Decent family hack.
5
Excellent all rounder, looks, nice classy interior, solid feel to doors, good handling/steering for a big car.
4
Stunning to look at, pleasant to travel in, decent to drive.
4
OK but not as good as I had hoped given my previous car was a 15 year old Volvo S80
4
Overall excellent, more luxurious than previous Mazdas
 

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