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Stylish, sharp driving, well-equipped 3 Series alternative

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At a glance

New price £24,725 - £34,735
Lease from new From £294 p/m View lease deals
Used price £4,120 - £23,410
Used monthly cost £103 - £584
Fuel Economy 38.2 - 55.4 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £150
Insurance group 16 - 31 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Punchy, refined diesel engines
  • Sharp exterior styling
  • Enjoyable to drive

CONS

  • Reliability problems reported by owners
  • Non-turbo petrols lack power at low revs
  • Limited space in middle rear seat
  • Old-fashioned automatic gearbox

Mazda 6 rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

Following its latest updates, Mazda continues to build one of the most surprisingly impressive family cars on the market. Complementing its sleek styling, the firm has upped the feeling of quality inside and boosted refinement levels. The 6 offers sharp handling and slick gearboxes to help it compete with the Volkswagen – the default choice for keen drivers.

The Mazda 6 may seem like a natural rival for the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, but the Japanese company sees the Volkswagen Passat and the upmarket BMW 3 Series as a better fit.

Toeing the line between being a drivers’ car and a comfy cruiser, Mazda wants motorists to see the 6 as the savvy alternative to the mainstream models on one hand, and pricier German alternatives on the other – with strong value PCP finance deals offering reason enough for value-focused drivers to choose the Japanese car.

In 2018, Mazda rejigged the trim levels and engines available, with four specifications to choose from – plus three petrol engines and two diesels. The standout engines are the diesels – thanks to their substantial muscle, impressive smoothness and strong economy.

Sleek styling and plush cabin are big positives

Helping to set the updated car apart from previous versions, Mazda revised the 6 range in 2018 with new grilles, tweaked LED headlights and different alloys, bumper designs and boot lid to before. The difference is subtle, but newer versions do look a little sharper.

Under the skin, meanwhile, the suspension has been updated for a greater balance between comfort and roadholding and refinement levels have been increased, courtesy of additional soundproofing.

Mazda also upgraded the cabin with more upmarket materials and more comfortable seats in 2018, while all models get an increased amount of standard kit. Safety equipment was bolstered to ensure that when Euro NCAP re-tested the 6 in 2018 it maintained its five-star rating despite the process being more stringent.

New engines also introduced in 2018

These twin-turbocharged diesel engines offer 150hp and 184hp – the latter increasing from 175hp – plus a vast amount of torque helping them to offer strong acceleration without having to work the motor hard.

Unusually, the three petrol engines all do without power-boosting turbochargers – as Mazda believes that larger naturally aspirated engines offer a greater blend of power and real-world economy than the small, turbocharged units in rival models.

The most powerful petrol – the 194hp 2.5-litre – is new for 2018 and comes with a standard-fit six-speed automatic. To help this offer improved real-world fuel economy, half of the cylinders can shut down in normal driving.

Fantastic value Mazda 6 PCP finance

Extremely affordable PCP finance is another selling point for the Mazda 6. Low APR charges and substantial deposit contribution discounts mean that the 6 is available with very affordable monthly payments and can be cheaper overall to purchase at the end of the finance contract than paying cash upfront. In most cases, deals are good value enough to be a reason to choose the 6 over alternatives including the VW Passat, Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport.

More than this, it compares very favourably against upmarket rivals from VW and BMW on the finance front and mainstream Ford and Vauxhall alternatives too. Consider how much standard kit the updated 6 has and it’s an extremely easy car to recommend.

As Mazda is cautious in setting up its PCP finance deals, drivers should have a substantial chunk of equity at the end of their contract, which they can put towards the deposit on their next contract.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Mazda 6 including its practicality (below), comfort, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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