Mazda 6 saloon: stylish, practical and fuel efficient

What the motoring press is saying aboutthe Mazda 6 saloon

LAST UPDATED AT 10:21 ON Thu 25 Oct 2012

Price: £19,595 - £27,295

Pros: bold exterior design, comfortable interior, super-efficient engine range

Cons: boot space is smaller than the previous model, diesel engine is noisy under acceleration, equipment levels raise entry price above some rivals

4.2/5, Carbuyer
"The third-generation Mazda 6 saloon is a new car from the ground up, with Mazda setting it sights on the Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Toyota Avensis and Vauxhall Insignia. The new Mazda 6 is the second model, following the CX-5 crossover, to be developed under Mazda's ‘SkyActiv’ technology philosophy, which focuses on maximizing fuel efficiency and running costs. Weight reduction and improved efficiency in both the body and engines means that the latest model comes with super-efficient diesel and petrol engines and transmissions, despite the sharper-looking car still offering more interior space than its predecessor. With a three-model range consisting of en entry-level SE, mid-spec SE-L and flagship Sport, there's a raft of premium and driver-assistance technologies that make the Mazda 6 one of the safest and best-equipped cars in its segment."

4/5, Auto Express
"The Mazda 6 injects some style into the family car market, but its talents are more than skin deep. The 6 handles well for its size, and strikes a great balance between performance and fuel efficiency. This is a car you’ll buy with your heart and your head."

4/5, What Car?
"The new 6 is a considerable step forward over its predecessor. It now has the cabin space and CO2 figures to really make Mondeo buyers think twice – and it drives well too." · 

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