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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Alternative Mondeo saloon offers low running costs


  • Long boot
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Stylish looks
  • Strong diesel engines


  • Rear visibility is poor
  • 148bhp petrol version’s a bit dull
  • Seat adjustment could be better


The Mazda6 saloon is the replacement for the firm’s Mondeo-sized family car . It’s the second model from the Japanese firm to feature SKYACTIV technology, which couples lightweight architecture with super-efficient petrol and diesel engines to return the highest possible fuel economy and lowest possible CO2 emissions without sacrificing driving enjoyment.

The design borrows heavily from the Takeri concept car that appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. It shows an all-new design language which will filter through the entirety of the Mazda range. Known as Kodo ‘Soul of Motion’, Mazda states its aim is “to express movement with forceful vitality and speed.”

Advanced tech for low running costs

Two petrol and two diesel choices are in the engine line-up along with six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.

The petrol engine on offer is a 2.0-litre with either 145hp or 165bhp. The twin-turbocharged 2.2-litre diesel is offered with either 150hp or 175hp outputs.

The car also features Mazda’s new brake energy regeneration system, known as i-ELOOP. Using a capacitor, the i-ELOOP stores electricity created during braking for powering electrical systems such as headlights, climate control, audio system or electric windows .

CO2 emissions from cars equipped with the diesel engines range from just 108g/km, which means road tax and company car tax bills will be seriously low compared to the competition.

Fuel economy from the diesel models is a claimed 72mpg on the combined cycle, meaning it’ll be very fuel-efficient too.

2015 updates

The Mazda 6 received a mid-life facelift in 2015, with headline changes including a new instrument panel and centre console design, an electronic parking brake standard across the range, a new seven-inch colour touchscreen with DAB Radio and internet connectivity plus a restyled grille design and the LED lights on SportNav models.

Safe, reliable and comfortable motoring

Since the new '6 is up against the likes of the BMW 3 Series saloon, Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon and Volkswagen’s Passat, Mazda has made great strides forward to improve interior quality and safety.

There are myriad safety systems installed on the 6, and this helps it achieve a five-star Euro NCAP crash test certification.

Reliability isn’t likely to be much of an issue either, with the old car proving a trusty steed requiring little in the way of undue maintenance.

There’s no reason to question the new car’s build quality – the interior feels good quality and the controls are well laid-out. It’s comfortable too, meaning long journeys are dispatched with ease.

Thanks to some updates in 2015, comfort levels are better than ever courtesy of a revised suspension and improved sound insulation around the car.

Read on for the full review of the Mazda 6 – is it as interesting as the looks might suggest?

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