MAZDA

MAZDA MAZDA6 SALOON 2.0 SE-L Lux Nav+ 4dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2152 g/km

This much improved third generation Mazda6 has been designed to shake up the medium range Mondeo segment. There's no great revolution here; just a gentle evolution of the things that made this model's predecessor so appealing - smart looks, engaging drive characteristics and decent running cost efficiency. It's got the talent to give some better-selling cars in its class quite a lot to think about.

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Ten Second Review

This much improved third generation Mazda6 has been designed to shake up the medium range Mondeo segment. There's no great revolution here; just a gentle evolution of the things that made this model's predecessor so appealing - smart looks, engaging drive characteristics and decent running cost efficiency. It's got the talent to give some better-selling cars in its class quite a lot to think about.

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 much enhanced MK3 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 improved MK3 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.

Summary

This improved third 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.

  • Privacy glass
  • Electric front/rear windows/one touch facility
  • Rain sensing front wipers

  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support - SCBS
  • G-Vectoring control plus
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold control
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Emergency Brake Assit
  • DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice control

  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Radar cruise control
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Reversing camera
  • Lane keep assist system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system

  • Engine start/stop button

  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Satellite navigation system with european maps
  • Colour head up display
  • 8" touchscreen with multimedia commander and Aha and Stitcher app

  • Electrically adjustable/heated/auto power folding door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors

  • i-stop

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Radio/single CD player
  • 6 speakers
  • Rear USB port
  • 2 USB ports

  • Gloss black grille inserts
  • Dual chrome exhaust
  • Body coloured front bumper with black lower mouldings
  • Body coloured rear bumper
  • Rear bumper with black lower mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Scuff plates
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler

  • Daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensitive headlamps
  • High beam assistant
  • LED Headlights
  • LED rear combination lights with LED rear turn lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED third brake light
  • LED auto leveling headlights
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • LED front fog lights

  • Rear air vents
  • Dual zone climate control

  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Intrusion minimizing safety brake pedals
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Roof mounted sunglasses holder
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Front armrest with storage bin
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Passenger grab handles
  • Leather upholstery
  • Twin rear coat hooks
  • 2 cupholders
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Illuminated glovebox with lock
  • Front centre console storage
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Light roof lining
  • Front passenger and driver door pockets

  • Interior incandescent lighting
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Active front headrests
  • 3 point ELR front seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Dual front airbags
  • Seatbelt reminder front and rear
  • Supplementary restraint system - central control unit and crush sensors
  • Active bonnet
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts with ELR
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Front passenger airbag cut off switch

  • Front driver and passenger seatback pocket
  • 6 way electric adjustable drivers seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • 6 way electrically adjustable front seats
  • Driver's electric lumbar adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests

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

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors

  • 17" Gunmetal alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 142
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 152

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 91.2
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 36.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 53.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE-L Lux Nav+
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 73
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 145
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - KW: 107
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 157
  • Engine Torque - NM: 213
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 145
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.9
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 21.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: GUN METAL

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1450
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4870
  • Width: 1840
  • Wheelbase: 2830

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1530
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2005
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 480
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 680
  • Max. Loading Weight: 475
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12

  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Mica paint: £560
  • Pearlescent paint: £560
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £680
  • Additional special metallic paint: £800

  • Metallic - Sonic silver: £560

  • Mica - Blue reflex: £560
  • Mica - Jet black: £560
  • Mica - Deep crystal blue: £560

  • Pearl - Snowflake white: £560

  • Solid - Arctic white: £0

  • Special metallic - Machine grey: £680
  • Special metallic - Soul red crystal: £800

  • Leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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