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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Mazda6 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. It 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.

The saloon bodystyle isn’t as practical as the hatchback and estate versions – especially for family buyers. That said, as saloons go, the 6 is a pretty good one, with a wide boot opening and space for two or three very large suitcases (a total of 519 litres - slightly more than the hatch). Inside the large glovebox is big enough for the hefty owners’ manual and much more besides.

However, unlike some of its more upmarket rivals, it’s not lined, which means smaller items (coins CDs etc), can rattle when the car is on the move. The cabin also has concealed twin cupholders and a large central storage box that doubles as an armrest.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 6 Saloon (07-09).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
S optional equipment
None available

SL equipment

SL standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
SL optional equipment
None available

TS equipment

TS standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
TS optional equipment
None available

TS2 equipment

TS2 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
TS2 optional equipment
None available