Review: Mazda 6 Tourer (2012)


Great to drive. Well-finished cabin. Comfortable and practical. Huge improvements to refinement and steering from October 2016

Load area not as big as a Passat Estate. Suspension of 2013-2016 cars firm when on 19-inch wheels.

Mazda 6 Tourer (2012): At A Glance

The Mazda 6 Tourer is exactly what you would expect it to be – a well built and practical family car with plenty of space. It's also one of best family estate cars on sale, with excellent handling, strong engines and a well-finished cabin.

The higher roofline means back row space is better in the Tourer than the saloon, with ample head and legroom even for adult occupants. The boot has a volume of 506 litres, with a nice wide hatch and a flat floor, making it ideal for getting bulky items like pushchairs in and out. Folding the seats down frees up 1632 litres of space.

The engine range is straightforward, with either a 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel on offer. The former produces 145PS or 165PS, while the latter is offered with outputs of 150PS or 175PS. The petrol versions are capable and fairly economical and, in practice, there is little difference between the two diesel variants. We’d recommend the 150PS diesel option for most buyers.

It’s versatile, with a broad spread of torque giving good performance on the road – yet it’s also economical. Official figures are 67.3mpg and while that might not be feasible in real world driving, fuel bills should still be very small for such a large and practical car.

The 6, whether in saloon or estate form, is a great car to drive, with precise, well-weighted steering, a satisfying gear change and a sense of nimbleness that belies the car’s size. The Mondeo might have been the most enjoyable driver’s car in its class in the past, but the Mazda6 has probably taken the crown now.

But competition is stiff. The Ford Mondeo matches the Mazda 6 in every key area, while the Volkswagen Passat Estate is more refined has a more spacious and versatile load area. But the Mazda 6 Tourer is certainly worth a look – its practical, well-made cabin, stylish looks and excellent driving capabilities make it very appealing indeed. 

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What does a Mazda 6 Tourer (2012) cost?

List Price from £24,400
Buy new from £21,558
Contract hire from £219.14 per month

Mazda 6 Tourer (2012): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4800–4805 mm
Width 1840 mm
Height 1475–1480 mm
Wheelbase 2750–2830 mm

Full specifications

The Mazda 6 Tourer isn’t the most practical estate car in its class – that accolade goes to the Volkswagen Passat Estate – but with 506 litres of space it’s hardly small. Folding the rear seats is straightforward and frees up a total of 1632 litres and there’s no load lip, so heavy items are easy to get in and out.

The load deck is low, which helps shorter people with loading and unloading plus it's also very handy for dog owners, since most dogs will be able to leap in and out unaided. Another handy touch for dog owners is the divider, which keeps pets from clambering into the cabin from the boot.

For a family the Mazda 6 Tourer is a better car than the saloon, since the roof doesn’t slope behind the rear seats, maximising head room. In fact adults should be quite comfy in the back row, even on longer drives. Up front it’s easy for driver or passenger to get comfortable, plus the 6 feels really well screwed together.

Buttons and dials are finished in metal, while the dashboard is finished in a soft-touch but still very durable plastic. Compared to cars from other Japanese manufacturers like Honda and Toyota, the Mazda 6 feels leagues ahead and easily gives Volkswagen a run for its money when it comes to plushness.

All models come well equipped. The basic SE grade includes alloy wheels, cruise control, a seven-inch colour touchscreen, DAB radio, an electric parking brake and manual air conditioning. Higher grades gain extra technology like automatic emergency braking or luxuries like leather upholstery. Buyers who want navigation can specify it with any trim level.

Standard Equipment

SE is the basic trim level. It includes 17-inch alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, DAB radio, front and rear electric windows, cruise control, seven-inch touchscreen with MZD connect, electric parking brake, leather covered steering wheel and gear knob. SE Nav adds navigation.

SE-L adds Smart City Brake Support, tinted rear glass, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors. SE-L Nav adds navigation.

Sport Nav adds 19-inch alloy wheels, leather trim, head-up display, BOSE audio, reversing camera, smart keyless entry, LED headlights and navigation.

Child seats that fit a Mazda 6 Tourer (2012)

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What's the Mazda 6 Tourer (2012) like to drive?

For drivers who love threading together a series of twists and turns the Mazda 6 Tourer is probably the best family estate car on sale. It has precise, well-weighted steering and an enjoyable gear change, making the challenging roads a real pleasure. Despite this, the Mazda6 Tourer is easy to drive when you just want to get from A to B.

Refinement is very good. Engine noise is well suppressed in both petrol and diesel models and the cabin is very quiet even when cruising at motorway speeds – though occasionally there is a little tyre noise. The suspension can be a little firm at low speeds too, but the problem is less apparent when on a flowing road at speed.

In fact, on a sweeping A-road or even a tight B-road the Mazda 6 tourer feels great – that firmness keeps body roll at bay, yet provides enough suppleness to maintain comfort levels. The level of grip is impressive, and the brakes are strong, meaning surprises like tightening bends or animals in the road are fairly straightforward to contend with.

There is a 2.0-litre petrol engine available with 145PS or 165PS, plus a 2.2-litre diesel with wither 150PS or 175PS. The petrol options are surprisingly efficient, with official figures of more than 50mpg for the less powerful version – but more drivers are likely to choose one of the diesels.

With a broad spread of torque and better fuel economy it’s easy to understand why. Both the 150PS and 175PS variants at home on the motorway or on a country road, but most drivers the benefit of the more powerful engine is marginal. That said, if you tow a trailer or caravan its additional 40Nm torque – 420Nm versus 380Nm - might come in handy.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
2.0 145 50 mpg 9.6 s 131–136 g/km
2.0 165 48 mpg 9.1 s 136 g/km
2.2 D 58–64 mpg 9.1 s 116–129 g/km
2.2 D 150 64–67 mpg 9.2 s 110–116 g/km
2.2 D 150 Automatic 58 mpg 10.0 s 129 g/km
2.2 D 175 61 mpg 7.9 s 121 g/km
2.2 D 175 Automatic 58 mpg 8.6 s 129 g/km
2.2 D Automatic 58 mpg 10.0 s 129 g/km

Real MPG average for a Mazda 6 Tourer (2012)

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Real MPG

32–62 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Mazda 6 Tourer (2012)?

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What's the best petrol estate for £10,000?

I am keen to buy a mid to large petrol estate, good to drive, room for four adults and gear. I do 5k to 8k miles a year - mixed town and country and want something with a perky modern and economical engine. Would a Mondeo 1.5T EcoBoost do? Or something else to consider? I can spend around £10k.
A Mondeo sounds like a reasonable choice if you can find a petrol one. Our money would go on a Mazda 6 but test drive one first - its 2.0-litre petrol engine might not appeal if you're after a small, turbocharged unit. Also consider a Honda Civic Estate - it's smaller but very practical and should be reliable.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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