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Mazda 6 (2013 to 2022)

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Mazda 6 (2013 to 2022)

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    Summary


    The Mazda 6 (styled as Mazda6) was a large family car, offered in both saloon and estate (known as Tourer) body styles. After nine years on sale, this model was removed from sale towards the end of 2022.

    Despite being older than most of its rivals, the Mazda 6 was still competitive in the family car segment against rivals like the Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. Petrol and diesel models were available – There was no hybrid or electric option, which is not surprising for a vehicle that was launched nearly a decade ago.

    No longer in production, the Mazda 6 holds an Expert Rating of 73% 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 was warmly praised for its driving dynamics, styling (both inside and out) and comfort. However, rear headroom was not as good as some rivals, which may be important if you regularly carry adult passengers in the back seats. Running costs were 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 when new: From £26,340 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2016
    Last updated: Summer 2019
    Removed from sale: Autumn 2022


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: October 2018
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    Adult protection: 95%
    Child protection: 91%
    Vulnerable road users: 66%
    Safety assist: 73%

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of February 2023, the Mazda 6 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    As of November 2022, the Mazda 3 has a poor reliability rating of just 28%, according to extended warranty data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This covers both the current model as well as previous generation models.

    The average repair cost is more than £1,100, which is obviously a lot higher than the cost of a used car warranty. So that’s worth keeping in mind if you own or are looking at a used Mazda 6.

    The most common warranty claims relate to braking issues, although the average repair cost is very reasonable at less than £200. More of a concern is the high average cost of engine repairs at more than £2,000. Gearbox repairs are even more expensive, with an average repair cost of more than £3,000 – although these are, thankfully, quite rare to date.

    If you’re buying a used car warranty for a Mazda 6, make sure it covers all of these potential problem areas.

    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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    Despite being older than most rivals, the Mazda 6 is still very competitive in the family car segment, with plenty of praise from reviewers.Mazda 6 (2013 to 2022)