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Mazda 6 (2002-08)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Mazda6 has turned around the company's reputation and fortunes in the UK. Great to drive, stylish and distinctive, it has gone straight to the top of many company car lists.

For
  • Competitively priced for its size and abilities
  • Handling is almost sporty with excellent roadholding
  • Stylish, spacious, well built and well equipped
Against
  • Ride is firmer than many rivals, especially around town
  • Noise levels rise noticeably at speed
  • Service costs are quite high on 2.3
Road Test

Mazda6 looks sharp, and its handling lives up to that promise. A properly sporting saloon, hatchback or estate, it's aimed mainly at the company car buyer. But it suits private family motorists just as well. Offered with 1.8, 2.0 and 2.3-litre petrol engines, or the noisy but powerful 2.0 turbodiesel with two different outputs, Mazda6 is well-equipped and well-finished, with a fine cabin to that helps to take the edge off monotonous motorway miles. Seats are supportive and the driving position comfortable. Priced to undercut the likes of Passat and A4, the 6 makes an interesting and entertaining alternative to a Mondeo or Vectra without taking too many risks. Residual values are strong for a fleet carr, and its reliability and quality make it a good investment. The only model that's unconvincing is the expensive four-wheel drive 2.3 Sport estate, which comes only with a power-sapping auto gearbox and the thirstiest petrol engine.

Need To Know

NCAP: 4

Best Models: 1.8S - 2.0D (134 bhp) TS2 - estates

Worst Models: 4x4

Replacement: 2007


Alternatives
Mazda 6 (2002-08)
Star Ratings

Handling

5 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

5 stars

Performance

5 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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