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Mazda 6

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Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 has a whole load of standard equipment and excellent driving manners



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.8 i 16V 120 hp 9 l/100km Petrol 11.2 s 192 km/h
2.0 TDCi 120 hp 6.6 l/100km Diesel 11.1 s 194 km/h
2.0 TDi 136 hp 6.8 l/100km Diesel 11 s 190 km/h
2.0 i 16V 145 hp 8 l/100km Petrol 9 s 210 km/h
2.3 i 16V 4WD 162 hp 8.9 l/100km Petrol 12.3 s 189 km/h
2.3 i 16V 166 hp 9.8 l/100km Petrol 9.2 s 220 km/h
3.0 i V6 24V 222 hp 10.5 l/100km Petrol 8.1 s 210 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front/All
Length 4 670 mm
Width 1 780 mm
Height 1 435 mm
Wheelbase 2 670 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Weight (normal) 1 300 kg
Weight (max) 1 840 kg
Boot space (min) 490 l
Boot space (max) 490 l
Fuel capacity 64 l

 

   The Mazda 6 was produced between 2002 and 2007. It was available as a hatchback, sedan or a station wagon.

   It is available with four petrol engines and two diesels. However not all the engines are available in all areas. The entry level 1.8-liter unit is good enough around the city, but feels out of breath on the motorway. The bigger 2.0-liter petrol offers decent acceleration. Surprisingly the entry-level turbo diesel is the pick of the bunch.

   Recent facelift of the car included a number of suspension changes and the Mazda 6 is better to drive than ever. Most models, except the Sport's, ride comfortably enough. It handles nicely too.

   The Mazda 6 is reasonably refined, however smaller engines need do be worked hard, delivering excessive noise inside the cabin. At the motorway speed both diesels become less audible, however you can still tell which kind of fuel you are running on. Road and wind noises are well isolated.

   The Mazda 6 is cheaper than equivalent Ford Mondeo, but both of them are built on the same platform. It's servicing is cheap, but the fuel consumption could be lower. However it still keeps it's value well. The car is well built and there shouldn't be any significant troubles, considering Mazda's reputation for reliability.

   Inside the car everything is made from the top quality materials, that are soft to touch and nice to look at. Interior was particularly improved during the 2005 facelift. All controls are ideally placed.

   Driver's position is first-rate. Seat and the steering wheel have plenty of adjustments. However the rear visibility is limited by the high line of the boot.

   There is also plenty of head- leg- or shoulder room for the front and the rear passengers. Boot of the Mazda 6 is also spacious. Surprisingly the sedan has an easier accessible boot than the hatch. The rear seats can be folded flat.

   All cars come with front, side and curtain airbags as standard, as well as with the anti-lock brakes. Unfortunately only the TS2 and Sport models have a standard stability control. Safety equipment includes deadlocks and alarm to keep the thieves away.

   There are four trim options for the Mazda 6. The S trim comes with an air-conditioning, alloy wheels and a CD player. The TS adds climate and cruise controls. The TS2 trim comes with an upgraded stereo, electric sunroof and stability control.

Unfortunately only the 2.3-liter engine and the more powerful diesel are available in the Sport trim with larger alloy wheels, xenon headlights and a rear spoiler.

 

   Advantages: A whole load of standard equipment and excellent driving manners.

   Disadvantages: There is a more road noise then in the class best and the ride is firm at all speeds.

   Verdict: Great value for money and good to drive.

   Also consider: Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord.

 

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