Mazda 6 (2013) Review

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Mazda 6 (2013) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

Insurance Groups are between 16–23
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure

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.

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Real MPG average for a Mazda 6 (2013)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

74%

Real MPG

28–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

501

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I want a diesel, manual estate or hatchback. Could you suggest some models?
"My 2010 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon has died and we have parted company. I’m struggling to decide what I should buy to replace it. I need a hatch or estate to easily carry family stuff and don’t really want anything bigger than the Saab. In normal times, my trip to work is about 25 miles each way (all dual carriageway), so I prefer a diesel. Since parting company with the Saab, I’ve tried a few cars and concluded a manual is essential. I enjoy driving and an automatic just makes driving a process, not the experience I love. I’d like to catch up on the tech that new cars have now, though. I’d prefer a conventional car rather than something raised like an SUV. It feels like there is no perfect solution and something will have to give but manual is essential."
As you're no doubt finding, manual gearboxes are becoming less popular and being dropped entirely from some models – especially the kind of premium diesel estates you're probably looking at. A Volvo V60 sounds like it'd fit your bill – it's a stylish Swede, much like your Saab, but it's now only available with an automatic gearbox. This is a fairly recent move so, if you're keen, you'll be able to find an as-new pre-registered model with a manual transmission (and save cash at the same time). Otherwise, how about a Mazda 6? It's a stylish estate car that's great to drive and still offered with a diesel engine and manual gearbox.
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Relaible and practical family car for under £30k?
"I need a large family car for under £30,000. I need good legroom and a boot capable of taking golf clubs and family luggage. I do about 14,000 miles a year. Ideally, the car should have comfortable heated seats and cruise control. Performance is not a necessity, but reliability is a must. What do you recommend? "
I'd recommend a Volvo V60 or, if you need more space, a V90. They're both very comfortable cars and your budget will get a well-specced model from 2019. If you'd prefer something brand new, consider another Mazda 6 or a Volkswagen Passat.
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Can you recommend a petrol engined car with adequate power and torque for towing a 1200kg caravan?
"Could you recommend a petrol engined car with adequate power and torque for towing a 1200kg caravan? It should have automatic torque converter transmission. My previous car was a Saab with a 2.3t engine which was an excellent match (although a manual)."
A Mercedes-Benz C-Class would be a good option. It comes with the brand's excellent 9G-Tronic torque-converter gearbox and can comfortably tow a 1200kg following the 85 per cent rule. It's also a lovely car to drive. If you'd prefer something a bit cheaper, consider a Mazda 6 - although its naturally-aspirated petrol engines lack torque.
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What's the best large petrol second-hand car for £12,000?
"I'm looking at buying a second-hand car after years of buying new and getting fed up of the depreciation. My budget will be £12000. My only requirement is an automatic and I think petrol would be my preferred choice due to a reasonably short commute (around 5 miles). I would like something that is reliable with reasonable performance v economy. I wold also like something with a reasonable level of features (e.g. cruise control, heated seats etc). All wheel drive is desirable but not essential. What would you recommend?"
I think you're right to be looking at a petrol car for your commute. My choice would be a Skoda Superb - but the biggest challenge you'll have is finding a petrol one as most are diesel. A Mazda 6 could be another good option. It's got a very pleasant interior and the petrols are very reliable.
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What does a Mazda 6 (2013) cost?

Buy new from £26,255 (list price from £29,460)