Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Mazda 6?

It’s no secret that big saloon cars are being pushed out of the market in favour of crossovers and SUVs. That hasn’t stopped Mazda from making the 6 a very strong and appealing package.

There are very few downsides with this car. It’s impressive to drive, spacious, well equipped, and fantastic value. What more could you ask for from a family car?

The 6’s stylish design will turn heads, especially when it’s finished in Mazda’s eye-catching Soul Red metallic paint. But that swooping body hides a remarkably practical interior. No, it’s not as versatile as the equivalent CX-5 SUV is, but you’ll carry four adults in genuine comfort, and there’s a wide, deep saloon boot that’ll fit several suitcases with ease.

The 6 uses non-turbocharged petrol engines, which are smooth and good fun but not as effortlessly powerful as some rivals. This might appeal to you more if you’d prefer to avoid turbocharged engines in the first place, but driving the 6 could therefore be quite a different experience to something like a Vauxhall Insignia – not bad, per se, but worth a test drive before you buy to make sure you get on with its character.

It’s great fun to drive, though – certainly one of the best of the non-premium saloon car market. Arguably it’s also more enjoyable than many much more expensive rivals, too. That doesn’t mean it’s only good for a B-road, either, as the 6 holds its own when driving round town or on a long motorway slog.

We’d opt for either the 2.0-litre petrol or the 2.2-litre diesel – the former is smooth and reasonably economical, while the latter is ideal for high-mileage users. All trim levels are well-specified, and the 6’s most recent update brought smartphone connectivity to the range, bringing it bang up-to-date.

If you don’t fancy an SUV, the 6 is well worth considering alongside rivals such as the Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia. We reckon it’s a better buy than either.

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