Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The Mazda6 wagon arrived on our shores in February 2008 followed by a diesel model in December 2008. The mid-life face lift came in March 2010 and with it cosmetic, mechanical and equipment upgrades were made to the range. It wasn't until October 2011 the range received a minor tech change that added parking sensors and leather seats to all models as standard.

The Mazda6 has been around since 2008 so it isn't any surprise that the design is beginning to look dated, but we can expect the new model sometime next year.
Not so good There is still road and engine noise inside the cabin, however Mazda has improved this from previous models.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The Mazda6 contains a modern looking interior with a touch of finesse; its design ranks highly amongst its peers and its equipment levels (on any grade) are competitive. You won’t hear any complaints from the back seat passengers when it comes to space, the Mazda6 is bigger than the previous, offering plenty of leg room. Just like the sedan and hatch, the rear seat folding mechanism is simple & well-designed...and compared to the hatch, the 'squarer' rear end means you can fit all shapes and sizes into your 6.
Not so good The Mazda6's interior looks good, but in this day and age where more and more manufacturers are using soft touch plastics the 6's materials don't seem as good.
Performance

Performance

Good The Mazda6 comes with the choice of two engines one petrol and one diesel.

First up is a 2.5-litre in-line four cylinder petrol engine that musters up 125kW of power and 226Nm of torque when matched to a 5-speed sports automatic transmission (no manual option).

Meanwhile the 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbo diesel produces 132kW of power and 400Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Not so good The Mazda6 diesel is only available in a 6-speed manual variant. Fuel economy in the petrol leaves something to be desired.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The Mazda6 features refined ride and handling; it’s fun to drive and has crisp handling - it handles better than most Medium's, especially the upper spec’d variants with the larger wheels and stiffer suspension.
Not so good Whilst we really can’t knock the handling of the Mazda6 (the front contains a double wishbone suspension and the rear sports a multi-link setup - allowing for maximum handling for the 6) the ride is on the firm side.

And, while this isn't a sports car the Mazda6 does experience some understeer when you push the vehicle through corners.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good The Mazda 6 range is competitively priced against its local, Japanese and German rivals. Mazda serves up a smorgasbord with 3 body styles, multiple grades and a choice of a petrol or diesel. Mazda has always been a reliable choice, and the latest Mazda’s are kicking goals in the sales figures and holding good residual values.
Not so good Mazda 6 has dropped the fire breathing MPS model which is a shame; however you can choose the Diesel Sports variants if you need a bit more ZING!