Mazda 6 variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £15,499. Borrowing £12,399 with a £3,100 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£239.77
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£20,069.17
Cost of credit
£4,570.17
Optional final payment
£5,460.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Mazda 6 buying guide

What Mazda 6 trim levels are there?

Mazda’s trim level range for the 6 starts with SE-L Nav. Along with built-in sat nav as the name suggests, this trim level comes with LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, two-zone air conditioning, auto lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist.

Next up, SE-L Lux Nav adds heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel and a reversing camera.

Sport Nav ups the size of the wheels from 17 to 19 inches and gets upgraded headlights with LED daytime running lights. You also get a Bose sound system, keyless entry and a front wiper de-icer.

Top-spec GT Sport features soft Nappa leather upholstery, cooled front seats and heated rear seats, a sunroof, a 360-degree parking camera and wood and suede trim.

Mazda 6 interior and technology

You might naturally think of Audi, BMW and Mercedes for premium-feeling saloons, but the Mazda 6 isn’t far behind when it comes to the quality of materials used and how they’re all put together. There’s leather trim with intricate double stitching everywhere you care to touch, and solid-feeling controls on the steering wheel and on the climate control panel.

You control the infotainment screen with a rotary controller on this side of the gear level, which is very like a BMW. Once you’ve got used to how it works, it’s intuitive to use and means you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to jab at the screen. The screen doesn’t boast the very sharpest graphics but it’s clear to read and has all the must-have phone connectivity, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Mazda 6 boot space and dimensions

At over 4.8 metres long, the Mazda 6 won’t fit into the tightest parking spaces on the high street, but it should be easy enough to park in a normal car park. Besides, all-round parking sensors are fitted as standard and all but the entry-level model come with a reversing camera.

Saloon models have a 480-litre boot, matching the BMW 3 Series, while Mazda 6 Tourer estate models increase this to 522 litres and gain a larger tailgate – making it easier to load bulky items like pushchairs or furniture. Both are spacious enough for family drivers, but the Tourer’s standard-fit roof rails make it easy to add a roof box or bike carriers.

Mazda 6 engine range explained

Mazda 6 2.0 petrol

Available with 145hp or 165hp, Mazda’s familiar 2.0-litre petrol engine is going to be the most common powerplant in newer Mazda 6s. It’s refined and reliable – keep up with scheduled maintenance and the petrol engine is likely to be faultless. Accelerating from 0-62mph takes 9.4 seconds in the more powerful option, half a second longer in the lesser-powered variant, and 10.9 seconds for 145hp versions with an automatic gearbox. This engine should return around 40mpg when driven carefully.

Mazda 6 2.5 petrol

Only available in the range-topping GT Sport trim level, Mazda’s 2.5-litre petrol is a rare option. It’s the quickest engine, taking eight seconds to crack the 0-62mph sprint, but will also use a little more fuel than the 2.0-litre petrol, with average fuel economy dropping to 38mpg.

Mazda 6 2.2 diesel

Mazda’s 2.2-litre diesel has been refined and updated a few times during its lifespan, and post-2018 engines are thought to be more reliable than earlier engines. You can find 150hp and 185hp versions of the diesel engine, both offering the choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. Manual cars typically offer around 53mpg; automatic cars return up to 48mpg. Like all modern diesels, Mazdas with the 2.2-litre engine need semi-regular long journeys to prevent the diesel particulate filter (DPF) getting blocked up with soot.

Mazda 6 FAQs

The third-generation Mazda 6 was launched in December 2012, and has been through two major facelifts and a number of smaller updates to keep it fresh. The most recent major facelift was in 2018, four years before the car was discontinued. Saloon and estate body styles are available, and you get a choice of several well-specced trim levels.

While the Mazda 6 won’t ever be as popular as the Mercedes C-Class or Audi A4, it is a good car that’s worth considering. Fun handling, a quiet and composed driving experience, strong equipment lists and decent practicality make it a strong all-rounder.