A 2018 update has really brought the Mazda 6 interior bang up to date. Every surface feels lovely and there’s neat tech too
The Mazda 6 has upped its game in the interior stakes. You’ll find lots of soft-touch plastics on the dashboard and doors and there’s a bright strip of metal-effect trim that stretches all the way across the cabin.
The simple button layout for the heating and ventilation controls looks smart and is dead easy to use. These various switches and knobs all feel nice and solid, too – as do the indicator stalks and the slim metal-effect door handles.
Besides entry-level SE-L Nav+ models, every Mazda 6 comes with leather seats as standard and some plush suede-like trim on the doors and across the centre of the dashboard with a subtle stitched pattern.
You can get the Mazda 6 with a two-tone dashboard that helps prevent its cabin from looking too dark and you can replace the standard seats with some lovely light-coloured leather items, too. Just be aware that dark jeans can leave unsightly blue marks on their pale upholstery.
Overall, the Mazda 6’s cabin feels more upmarket inside than the rather plain interior you get in a Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, but it can’t quite match the Peugeot 508’s eye-catching design.
Sat-nav is standard across the Mazda 6 range, but the ability to use your phone’s sat-nav app is standard too. Upshot is… you’ll never get lost!
Every Mazda 6 comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. That’s smaller than you’d find in the Passat, but the screen is clear and icons big enough to make navigation simple, though it could be a little quicker. Navigating through the menus is enhanced by a dial and supporting buttons between the driver and passenger seat, next to a physical volume knob for the stereo.
Sat-nav is standard too, but it’s not quite as quick to load as the system’s you get in some alternatives. The maps are pretty clear and easy to read, but they could do with a splash of colour and it isn’t particularly easy to add a waypoint to your route. If you’d rather use your phone’s navigation apps instead, you can get the Mazda 6 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring features.
A perfectly adequate stereo comes as standard in SE-L Nav + and SE-L Lux Nav+ cars, but if crystal clear music is important to you, then opt for one of the top two trims that get an upgraded Bose system with surround sound.
High-spec cars also come with a 7-inch digital driver’s display with customisable dials that can switch between miles and kilometres per hour.
You can also get the Mazda 6 with a colour head-up display system that projects sat-nav instructions and road signs on to the windscreen. It’s a pity, though, that there’s no handy ‘off’ button for this feature. You can switch it off through the car’s settings but it defaults back to ‘on’ when you start the engine.