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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Useful 480-litre boot volume
  • Lacks practicality of hatchback rivals
  • Tourer estate offers greater volume

The 6 is a long car, though the saloon’s sloping roof means that headroom is the limiting factor for those in the rear seats, as legroom is in pretty abundant supply.

Those up to around six-foot tall should be pretty comfortable – and there’s decent support from the rear seats too – though anyone taller than that may find their heads against the roof. The middle seat is less spacious, however, with the transmission tunnel limiting foot room.

Meanwhile, all models include a folding rear armrest with a USB port inside.

The 6 is an easy car to drive, but it’s sheer length means that parking in tight spaces is a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, all models have front and rear parking sensors as standard, with a reversing camera standard on all bar the entry-level specification. Image quality from the camera is poor, though, meaning that this is not as useful as it could be.

The Mazda 6 saloon’s boot is a decent size, though loading large items into the luggage space is trickier than it would be with something like a Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia, thanks to their wide-opening hatchbacks.

2019 Mazda 6 red boot

Dropping the rear seats down is simple, however, and you’re left with a large aperture for loading long luggage. Provided you don’t have any oversized boxes to load, most drivers couldn’t want for more space.

The 6 Tourer estate is much better equipped for carrying large loads, though, offering greater volume and a far wider opening for loading luggage.

Safety

  • Five-star crash rating
  • Crash tested way back in 2013
  • New safety kit added in 2018

The Mazda 6 scored five stars when crashed tested in 2013 and again in 2018 under a stricter programme.

Mazda 6 safety was boosted in 2018, with a greater amount of standard safety kit. This includes an active bonnet, which pops up in the event of a collision with a pedestrian to reduce the impact, plus automatic emergency braking, which applies the brakes if it senses an impending collision at town speeds and the driver has not taken action to avoid this.

The 6 also gets Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which warns the driver of vehicles approaching from behind, plus Lane Keep Assist, which helps to keep the car in its lane. The range-topping GT Sport Nav+ model also includes Intelligent Speed Assist, which flags the speed limit and helps the car adjust to the speed limit when engaged.

Other equipment that comes as standard includes adaptive cruise control that automatically adjusts your speed to keep you a safe distance behind the car in front and automatic lights and wipers.

How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a Mazda 6 saloon?

The Mazda 6 only has two Isofix mounts for child seats, meaning that if you have more than two Isofix seats, you won’t be able to fit all of these at one time.

WATCH: Mazda 6 saloon Euro NCAP crash test

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mazda 6.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • 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
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

GT Sport Nav+ equipment

GT Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
GT Sport Nav+ optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
SE optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
SE-L optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

SE-L Lux Nav+ equipment

SE-L Lux Nav+ standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE-L Lux Nav+ optional equipment
None available

SE-L Nav+ equipment

SE-L Nav+ standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE-L Nav+ optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
Sport optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Sport Nav+ equipment

Sport Nav+ standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Sport Nav+ optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mazda 6 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 91%
Pedestrian: 66%
Safety Assist: 73%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.