The Mazda 6, available as a saloon or estate is a stylish vehicle equally at home as a business vehicle or a family car.
There was a time when the Mazda6 was considered a less desirable alterative to rivals like the Ford Mondeo but it has evolved and come a long way in the last few years.
Here at UK Car Discount we’re long-time fans of the Mazda 6 and have no hesitation in recommending it for your shortlist, if you are in the market for a traditional, good sized saloon or estate.
Mazda 6 Exterior
The Mazda 6 is sleek, stylish and classy looking in equal measures from the outside, Mazda call it their ‘Kodo Soul of Motion’ design’. At the front there’s a distinctive grille, it has low-profile design with flowing lines and contours that Mazda say are ‘designed to reflect light’ that further enhances the overall appearance of what is a very handsome looking car.
Mazda 6 Interior
Inside the Mazda 6 is spacious and there’s plenty of leg and headroom, rear passengers benefit from leg room that is up there with class leaders. Boot space is good too, the saloon offers 483 litres whilst the estate offers over 500 litres.
The dashboard centre-piece is an excellent 8-inch infotainment system and there is a general feeling of quality inside with soft touch switches and good quality materials. If you go for one of the higher-grade models, you’ll get part or full leather interior (nappa leather on the top of the range GT Sport Nav).
The Mazda 6 is a great cruiser too, its comfortable and quiet on motorways, and vision is excellent for drivers.
Mazda 6 Engines & SKYACTIV Technology
Unique to Mazda is a system called SKYACTIV, Mazda have bucked the trend somewhat, instead of going for smaller engines, the range offers 2.0 litre petrol and 2.2 diesel engines with manual or automatic transmission.
On the Sport models there is a beefier 2.2 diesel (0-62mph in 8.5 seconds) and the latest addition to the engine line-up is a 2.5 petrol unit, available on the GT Sport Nav. Those who can’t do without a manual gearbox will be disappointed here though, as the 2.5 petrol only comes with automatic transmission with paddle shifter. The new 2.5 petrol GT Sport Nav (saloon) is quick enough if you need to put your foot down (0-62mph in 8 seconds).
Despite the relative hefty engine sizes by todays standards, the Mazda 6 range still boasts some respectable fuel economy and emissions stats. The 150PS diesel engine with manual transmission is capable of 55mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions are a respectable 117 g/km.
Mazda achieves this efficiency with its SKYACTIV technology, it’s clever because what Mazda have done is not just concentrate on building more efficient engines. Yes, they have improved engine compression, have better manual and automatic transmissions and improved the exhaust manifold for better efficiency. But Mazda’s trump card is they have rebuilt their cars from the ground up with lighter materials, without sacrificing quality or safety. The end result is efficiency figures that will exceed expectations.
Mazda 6 Models & Equipment Levels
Mazda is known for offering very good levels of equipment even on lower grade models and the 6 is no exception. The line-up is straightforward with 4 models the SE-L Nav+, SE-L LUX Nav+, Sport Nav+ and the GT Sport Nav+
The entry-level Mazda 6 SE-L Nav+ includes 17-inch gunmetal alloys, privacy glass, LED headlights, power-folding door mirrors. Inside for comfort and convenience there is dual zone climate control, front and rear electric windows, an excellent 8-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth, DAB radio and sat nav. Driver aids and safety features include radar cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. For an entry-level model you get a very long list of features and equipment.
The Mazda 6 SE-L LUX Nav+ adds a reversing camera, electrically adjustable drivers’ seat, heated front seats and steering wheel plus leather trimmed seats.
Next in the line-up is the Mazda 6 Sport Nav+ which adds 19-inch allow wheels, smart keyless entry, wiper de-icer, front and rear signature LED lights, adaptive front headlights, chrome trim on front bumper, a premium Bose sound system and full leather interior.
The top of the range GT Sport Nav+ adds a gunmetal front grille, 360 view camera, electric power operated sunroof. There are also some additional unique styling tweaks like dashboard and door inserts/trims, a chrome centred steering wheel, unique stitching, white LED interior lighting and full Nappa leather interior.
The Mazda 6 has a lot to offer, it’s stylish with great levels of equipment and is definitely punching above its weight. You can compare a full range of models and discounts here.