The Mazda6 2.2 Diesel Sport Nav Review
The Mazda6 has always been one of our favourite mid-range family saloons. It’s earned its credentials with us due to the day to day pleasure of both owning and driving. It’s a very enjoyable car to run day to day, thus inspiring loyalty from its owners.
Good comfortable cabin space back and front, and masses of equipment options leave you with a motor car that easily knocks on the door of the premium brands yet at much less money. This particular version, the 2.2 diesel is Mazda’s best-selling business fleet seller, and deservedly so.
Yes, it’s a mile gobbler with an exceptional engine. Other than the tiny aural natter of the diesel when cold, you will be passive to the fact, such is its refinement. What’s more, in the sweet changing manual six speed of our test car, it can be driven with the smooth yet sporting and purposeful progression of a petrol engine. Add the natural low down torque advantage for decisive overtaking that the petrol engined equivalent lacks, and the fuel economy advantage of 72 mpg, 106g/km over 51 mpg and 130 g/km of CO2 speaks volumes. Resale/trade-in prices, if you’re a high miler, will also be stronger when your deal comes to an end.
In a sector of anonymity, where many medium sized saloons are barely distinguishable from one from another, if you buy into the slightly more subtle yet eye catching styling of the Mazda6, you are also investing in a car that is a hoot to drive. Add to that the equipment level of our test car, Sat Nav, Bluetooth, CD, memory card, DAB and even a Bose Sound system, you want for nothing. No one even thinks about using instruction manuals these days, so intuitive user friendly switchgear and accessories are crucial, and the 6 passes easily on that front, bar the rather awkward Sat Nav address finding prompts on initial use. Once you get the hang of it, though, it’s fine.
And luggage? Well, if all the motorway overnighters are full, you can climb into the boot and have a good night’s sleep. With all that passenger space, and boot space, there’s little reason to complain. There’s even space under the boot floor to store small odds and ends.
The Mazda6 is a big car, but no more so than a Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia, or Volkswagen Passat. It doesn’t feel as if you’re lugging a big car around when you’re on a decent cross country B-road driving for fun. Surprisingly the 6 feels light and agile, well balanced and sure footed. Grip thresholds are high, and the lean on hard cornering is much less than its size suggests.
This 2.2 diesel manual gets the thumbs up from us big time; its lightness and efficiency must pay dues to Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology. The 2.0 litre petrol alternative is smooth and free revving, but this slick shifter ‘fun at any speed’ diesel is the choice model. It deserves to be the strong seller it is, and at such keen pricing, along with Mazda reliability, is one of the best-value and most competitive saloon models available on the market in this sector.
0-62mph: 9.1 secs | Top Speed: 131mph | CO2: 106 | MPG: 72.4 | Price: £26,795
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