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Mazda6

PRIDE OR PREJUDICE? (some text hidden)

Existing Mazda owners may be surprised by the fourth generation Mazda6, a family car with more than mere practicality to recommend it. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?word count: 95

First, second and third generation versions of the Mazda6 set this Japanese brand on its new 'zoom-zoom' path and this fourth gen design aimed to continue that momentum when it arrived in mid-2018. Whereas in previous guises, the Mazda6 was becoming a little forgettable, this is now a car that will catch the eye, both in the driveway and on its way down the high street. It's unashamedly sporty, not only in its looks but in terms of ride and performance. If you don't like that, then you won't like this model. Fortunately, I did.

Practicalitiesword count: 190

This car reminded me of the old Xedos 6 that Mazda made a few years ago, but that design flattered to deceive. It looked sporty but didn't drive that way. The outside looked classy but the interior was lifted straight from the old 626 - all dull black plastic. This time, Mazda has done the job properly. As before, there's a choice of saloon or estate body styles. Take a seat behind the wheel and there's a high quality ambience relayed by the nice quality console surfacing. Higher quality materials and technology combined with refinements to the cabin design deliver more of an understated sense of luxury. There's now a larger eight-inch centre-dash display screen, plus a seven-inch TFT LCD positioned in the driver's instrument binnacle and the adoption of a full colour windscreen projecting a head-up 'Active Driving Display'. The dashboard and door trim designs have been redesigned, seat comfort has been improved and the flagship 'GT Sport Nav+' trim features Mazda's signature high-end interior finishes including real 'Sen Wood' trim, 'Brown Nappa' leather and suede to deliver a cabin that aims to fuse modern technology with Japanese craftsmanship.

Behind the Wheelword count: 207

The Mazda6 continues to offer a polished driving experience but criticisms levelled at the old model for its fidgety ride are less valid in the current car. The suspension is supple and you're less conscious of imperfections in the road surface, although the ride remains firmer than most in the sector. The cabin is a more serene place to be generally now with beefed-up sound insulation and upgraded body rigidity cutting back on vibrations. That extra rigidity also helps the handling with the 6's trademark sharp turn-in still in evidence and the cornering stability now inspiring even greater confidence. Onto the SKYACTIV engines then. As before, most Mazda6 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.

Value For Moneyword count: 206

Mazda6 pricing ranges in the £23,000 to £33,000 bracket typical for a medium range Mondeo segment car. Like Peugeot, Volkswagen and Toyota, Mazda reckons that there isn't much customer demand for providing a five-door hatchback body style in a car of this kind. That leaves the choice of either the saloon body shape or the Tourer estate. Most customers for this car will be business buyers who'll want the diesel engine and as usual, there's a reasonably large premium to pay for it over equivalent petrol power. Your Mazda6 will require a service every 12 months or every 12,500 miles, whichever comes round sooner. You'll be offered the option of a fixed-price maintenance plan which covers all scheduled servicing with parts and labour for three years or 37,500 miles. Owners can keep up to date with their car's maintenance schedule via the instrument binnacle trip computer screen and the 'Applications' section of the 'MZD-Connect' centre-dash monitor. To help you keep track of what work has been carried out, you can access a 'Digital Service Record' online and use a useful 'My Mazda App' to receive reminders about servicing, book your car in at your local dealership and access a digitally-stored record of your model's service history.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

7.8

10.5

Combined mpg:

42.2

67.3

CO2 (g/km):

107

153

Extra urban mpg:

52.3

78.5

Height (mm):

1450

Insurance group 1-50:

16

29

... and 5 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Spacious Family Cars

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