Mazda 6 (2013 – 2022) Review

Mazda 6 (2013 – 2022) 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.

New prices start from £19,795, brokers can source from £24,077
Insurance Groups are between 16–23
On average it achieves 75% 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.

Real MPG average for a Mazda 6 (2013 – 2022)

RealMPG

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

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

75%

Real MPG

31–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

563

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Dealer hasn't fixed damage on used car - can I reject it?
"I recently viewed a used Mazda 6 with a price of £7690. I agreed to pay the full asking price. The dealer offered a 12-month MoT, service and six month warranty. On inspecting the car I noted that the steering wheel was off centre and there was minor damage to the passenger door - both of which the dealer agreed would be repaired prior to delivery. On this basis, I placed a £300 deposit to secure the car. The dealer completed the order form and gave me a copy. He then asked for my copy back and used Tipp-Ex to change the six-month warranty to one month - he stated that only cars in excess £10,000 qualified for a warranty in excess of one month. The dealer called me in less than 24 hours to say the car is ready for collection but is being evasive about whether the agreed repairs have been completed. I drove past the dealership on my way from work which was closed, however the car was there and the damaged door has not been repaired. If I arrive to collect the car and the repairs are not complete should I refuse to accept the car? Would you suggest that I arrange an independent inspection of the car prior to the collection date? "
A one month warranty on a £7000+ car is ridiculous. I would have asked for my deposit back and walked away the moment the dealer started dabbing Tipp-Ex on the order form. However, if the agreed work hasn't been carried out, you will be entitled to reject the car and ask for a refund of your deposit. And given the shoddy customer experience from the dealer thus far, this would not be a bad thing. For your consumer rights, see: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/how-to-reject-a-car-your-consumer-rights/
Answered by Dan Powell
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.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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