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Mazda6 Tourer

ESTATE OF THE HEART? (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The Tourer estate version of the fourth generation Mazda6 has evolved into a very complete package. Good enough to out-point Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia station wagon rivals? Jonathan Crouch decides

Ten Second Reviewword count: 53

The fourth generation Mazda6 has built on the strong showing of its predecessor with sharper styling, better attention to quality and some very economical engines. Many will want it in this stylish Tourer estate guise. It's got the talent to give some better-selling cars in its class quite a lot to think about.

Backgroundword count: 138

The Mazda6 hasn't had the easiest ride, whether the variant in question is a saloon or this Tourer estate. The first generation car drove brilliantly but felt a bit lightweight and the diesel engines were plagued with reliability issues. The second generation model was an improvement in virtually every regard but seemed to lack its predecessor's personality and fun factor. 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 MK4 model. Let's check out what's on offer.

Driving Experienceword count: 219

The Mazda6 Tourer sits on the same chassis that underpins the saloon variant, so the road going demeanour is just the same. As before, most Tourer 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.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

9.1

10

Combined mpg:

47.9

67.3

CO2 (g/km):

110

136

Extra urban mpg:

57.6

74.3

Height (mm):

1475

Insurance group:

16

21

... and 6 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Spacious Family Cars

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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