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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Mazda6 hatchback was one of the first models to undergo Euro NCAPs more stringent crash tests in 2009. The new overall rating covers not only adult occupant safety but includes child and pedestrian safety along with a rear impact whiplash test. The hatchback scored the maximum five star rating and all models come with traction control plus dual front, side and curtain airbags.

Daytime running lights are also standard, which helps you to be seen in murkier weather. On the security front, all cars have a Thatcham category one alarm and immobiliser system, while the top model gets keyless entry and start – allowing you to gain access to the car without taking the key out of your pocket or bag. New from 2009 is an optional blind spot safety system.

When the car is travelling at more than 37mph, microwave emitters in the rear bumper detect when vehicles (including motorcycles) are approaching the rear-view blindspot area and a warning light flashes in the windscreen pillar. If the driver indicates to pull out when the vehicle is in range, a warning beep is sounded.

Compared with its predecessor, the new model has a longer load floor that measures 1,146mm at its widest point before narrowing to a metre between the wheel wells. Bettered only by the Vauxhall Vectra for sheer capacity, this is a big car and with the 60/40 split rear seat in place, it has bootspace of 519 litres. With the seats folded, a cavernous 1,751 litre volume is available - all of it easily accessible from the side doors and a rear tailgate with one of the widest openings in the class.

A welcome addition is the automatic tonneau cover that opens and closes with the tailgate but can be stored under the boot floor when not required. Large door mirrors help rearward vision, but unfortunately, parking sensors are standard-fit items only on the range-topping SL version.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 6 Estate (08-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SL equipment

SL standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
SL optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim

SPO equipment

SPO standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SPO optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Takuya equipment

Takuya standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Takuya optional equipment
None available

TS equipment

TS standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Roof rails
TS optional equipment
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

TS2 equipment

TS2 standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Roof rails
TS2 optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Venture Edition equipment

Venture Edition standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Venture Edition optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment