Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 8" touchscreen with multimedia commander and Aha and Stitcher app
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
  • Colour head up display
  • Cruise control
  • Engine start/stop button
  • EPAS
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane keep assist system
  • Satellite navigation system with european maps
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports
  • Additional USB connection
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Bose Premium Sound System with 11 Speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Radio/single CD player
  • Rear USB port
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Bright garnish mouldings
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Dual chrome exhaust
  • Dusk sensitive headlamps
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front/rear windows/one touch facility
  • Electric sunroof
  • Gun metal grille
  • High beam assistant
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • LED auto leveling headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Roof rails
  • Scuff plates
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 2 cupholders
  • 2 way electric passenger seat adjustment
  • 4 way electrically adjustable drivers seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Adjustable front and rear headrests
  • Auxiliary power socket in luggage area
  • Chrome bezelled steering wheel
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Driver's electric lumbar adjustment
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front armrest with storage bin
  • Front centre console storage
  • Front seat ventilation
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox with lock
  • Interior courtesy light
  • Intrusion minimizing safety brake pedals
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Karakuri tonneau cover
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Passenger grab handles
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear seat heating
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Twin rear coat hooks

Packs

  • Safety pack - Mazda 6 (Sport Nav+/GT Sport Nav+)

Safety

  • 3 point ELR front seat belts
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
  • ABS + EBD + EBA
  • Active bonnet
  • Active front headrests
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Emergency stop signal system
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Hill hold control
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt reminder front and rear
  • Smart City Brake Support - SCBS
  • Supplementary restraint system - central control unit and crush sensors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Automatic door locking
  • Remote central locking
  • Smart keyless entry
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • i-stop

Wheels

  • 19" Bright alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

126

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

2191

Compression Ratio

14.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

86

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

94.2

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

58.6

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

65.7

EC Urban (mpg)

51.4

General

Badge Engine CC

2.2

Badge Power

184

Based On ID

Coin Description

d

Coin Series

GT Sport Nav+

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

12500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.6

Engine Power - BHP

184

Engine Power - KW

135

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

328

Engine Torque - MKG

45.4

Engine Torque - NM

445

Engine Torque - RPM

2000

Top Speed

140

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/45 R19

Tyre Size Rear

225/45 R19

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1475

Height (including roof rails)

1480

Length

4805

Wheelbase

2750

Width

1840

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

62

Gross Vehicle Weight

2217

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1664

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

552

Max. Loading Weight

586

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1600

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

730

Minimum Kerbweight

1631

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11

On The Road

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

This fourth generation Mazda6 achieves exactly what it set out to do. Namely, to stand out. It's smarter, safer and better looking, with more equipment and better build quality. Yet it remains one of the most engaging drivers' cars of its kind. Is there room for improvement? A little. The interior still isn't the plushest in the segment. But even here, this car isn't far off the highest class standards. In summary, this isn't the most obvious choice in its class, but if you don't want to do the obvious thing, here's a car that won't penalise you for thinking a bit more independently. Is it better than its class rivals? On many objective bases, yes it is and Mazda deserves to be rewarded for that. Will they be? Over to you.

Background

Back in 2002, the very first Mazda6 was a game-changer for the Japanese brand. Prior to the launch of this model, this Hiroshima-based maker was known merely for bringing us family cars that were reliable, well equipped - and rather dull. Now it would be overstating the case to say that this Mondeo-sized medium range model changed that perception overnight - but not by much. Sharky-looking and good to drive, all it really lacked was a little refinement and polish. The second generation version of 2007 added that, but at the expense of the characterful, dynamic approach of its predecessor. Some of that returned with the third generation model, launched in 2012. This featured Mazda's clever 'SYYACTIV' technology which dramatically improved running costs and made this model not only good enough to prise customers away from mainstream rivals but even to make buyers of lower order German compact executive saloons think twice. It only needed a smarter cabin and a bit of extra technology, both things apparently delivered by this MK4 model. Let's check out what's on offer.

Driving Experience

As before, most Mazda6 models will be sold with either 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel SKYACTIV powerplants. The 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol unit has been enhanced with redesigned intake ports, revised pistons and a more advanced fuel injection and cooling set-up. The alternative 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel puts out 150PS as before in its base form, but generates 184PS (up from 175PS) in its highest state of tune. There is a completely new engine in the line-up, but it'll be a rare sight on our roads, a 2.5-litre petrol SKYACTIV-G unit borrowed from the US-market CX-9 SUV. It's paired with a SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic gearbox. Some effort has gone into improving ride comfort and handling dynamics too, the car benefitting from suspension fine tuning and component upgrades. Bump stop characteristics have been revised, the front dampers have increased in diameter and rebound springs have been added, all resulting in smoother vehicle behaviour and improved ride quality. In addition, the steering knuckles have been lowered to ensure a more precise response to subtle steering wheel actions. Extra noise insulation, improved aerodynamics and a special vibration-absorbing material been added to the centre tunnel and the roof lining should all improve refinement.

Design and Build

This MK4 Mazda6 model adopts a fresh frontal design focused around a smarter grille, which has the mesh positioned deeper within the surround to create what Mazda hopes is 'a more sophisticated and muscular face'. The revised LED headlamps integrate signature wing tips from the grille surround to underscore their so-called 'predator' style, and with the front fog lights now incorporated into the headlight cluster, the re-designed lower bumper features a sleeker profile and an aerodynamically efficient air intake. At the rear, the Saloon has a remodelled boot lid, while both the Saloon and Tourer feature cleaner rear bumper styling with more body coloured areas. Topping off the styling updates are smarter alloy wheel designs and the introduction of lustrous three-layer Soul Red Crystal paint. Step inside and the updates are even more evident. Higher quality materials and technology combined with refinements to the cabin design deliver more of an understated sense of luxury. There's now a larger eight-inch centre-dash display screen, plus a seven-inch TFT LCD positioned in the driver's instrument binnacle and the adoption of a full colour windscreen projecting a head-up 'Active Driving Display'. The dashboard and door trim designs have been redesigned, seat comfort has been improved and the flagship 'GT Sport Nav+' trim features Mazda's signature high-end interior finishes including real 'Sen Wood' trim, 'Brown Nappa' leather and suede to deliver a cabin that aims to fuse modern technology with Japanese craftsmanship.

Market and Model

Priced from just over £23,000 to around £33,000, the combined Tourer and Saloon Mazda6 range features 24 models across four trim levels: 'SE-L Nav+', 'SE-L LUX Nav+', 'Sport Nav+' and 'GT Sport Nav+'. There's a premium of just over £900 to pay if you want to switch from the saloon to the Tourer estate body style. And there's a £1,400 premium to pay on the mainstream models if you want an auto gearbox. The top 2.5-litre petrol variant (which costs from around £31,000) is of course auto-only. With an increase in standard active safety equipment across the range, all models now feature a huge range of advanced i-ACTIVESENSE technology, including Blind Spot Monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Advanced Smart City Break Support. In addition, all models get alloy wheels of at least 7-inches in size, plus auto headlamps and wipers, power-folding mirrors, full-LED headlights and privacy glass. Inside, there's an MZD-Connect infotainment system with an 8-inch screen and a multimedia commander, via which you access integrated navigation, Bluetooth 'phone-linking, a DAB audio set-up and internet app integration. Plus there's dual-zone climate control, along with cruise control and a speed limiter. The 'SE-L LUX Nav+' grade further adds leather upholstery, heat for power-adjustable seats and steering wheel and a reversing camera.

Cost of Ownership

Plenty of work has gone in here into improving running cost efficiency, much of it related to Mazda's 'SKYACTIV' weight reduction programme. In addition, SKYACTIV-G petrol models are also fitted with an active air shutter that closes when the engine does not need cooling to improve aerodynamics. All Mazda6 models get an 'i-stop' engine stop/start system (the fastest-reacting set-up of its kind on the market) that cuts fuel consumption by up to 10% all on its own. Plus there's the i-ELOOP (short for 'Intelligent Energy Loop') brake regeneration system that's able to harvest and then re-use far more energy than comparable set-ups. On to the other things you'll need to consider when it comes to running cost returns. Your Mazda6 will require a service every 12 months or every 12,500 miles, whichever comes round sooner. You'll be offered the option of a fixed-price maintenance plan which covers all scheduled servicing with parts and labour for three years or 37,500 miles. Owners can keep up to date with their car's maintenance schedule via the instrument binnacle trip computer screen and the 'Applications' section of the 'MZD-Connect' centre-dash monitor. To help you keep track of what work has been carried out, you can access a 'Digital Service Record' online and use a useful 'My Mazda App' to receive reminders about servicing, book your car in at your local dealership and access a digitally-stored record of your model's service history.