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Mazda 6

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The Mazda 6 (styled as Mazda6) is a large family car, offered in both saloon and estate (known as Tourer) body styles. The current model was launched back in 2013, and has seen several updates over the last eight years.

Despite being older than most of its rivals, the Mazda 6 is still competitive in the family car segment against rivals like the Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. It was previously offered with a diesel engine, but – as with most of the new car market – that option has now disappeared and only petrol power is available. There’s also no hybrid or electric option, which is not surprising for a vehicle that was launched nearly a decade ago.

As of August 2021, the Mazda 6 has an Expert Rating of 70% based on 31 reviews. That’s only a couple of points behind the much-newer Passat and several points better than either the Mondeo or Insignia, although it’s a long way off the class-leading Skoda Superb.

The Mazda 6 has been warmly praised for its driving dynamics, styling (both inside and out) and comfort. However, powertrain choices are limited to a few petrol engines, with no electrified options available. Rear headroom is also not as good as some rivals, which may be important if you regularly carry adult passengers in the back seats. Running costs are also higher than average for the class.

Mazda 6 highlights

  • Interior is both stylish and functional
  • Exterior design is clean and understated
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good cabin and boot space

Mazda 6 lowlights

  • Limited powertrain choice
  • Running costs are higher than most rivals
  • Rear headroom limited for tall passengers
  • Infotainment screen is small

Key specifications

Body style: Large saloon and estate
Engines: petrol
Price: From £24,990 on-road

Launched: Summer 2016
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2018

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

91%

CHILD OCCUPANT

66%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

73%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Mazda 6 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the 6 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mazda 6 has received

2018

  • Auto Express Driver Power Awards – Gold Award, Family Car class

2015

  • Northern Ireland Car of the Year Awards – Best Executive Car

2014

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Family Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Large Family Car

2013

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Family Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Eco Car

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