The Mazda 6 is great fun to drive for an estate car but the high-powered petrol only comes with an automatic gearbox which takes some of the fun out of that power
The Mazda 6 Tourer comes with a range of economical and high-tech petrol and diesel engines, with either a manual or automatic six-speed gearbox.
The diesels are 2.2-litre engines with either 150 or 183bhp. The lower powered version has an official fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km. The higher powered version is noticeably quicker, averages 58.6mpg but sits in a higher tax bracket. If you do a lot of miles opt for the diesel that suits you best – higher power or lower running costs.
If you do fewer miles, then one of the 2.0-litre petrols should suit. The higher powered version only comes in Sport Nav+ trim, whereas the lower powered petrol comes with the bottom two trims. So the decision comes down to how much kit you want. Official economy figures are 44.8 and 43.5mpg – and expect to get close to 40mpg in the real world. You can’t get the lower-powered petrol with an automatic gearbox.
The 360-degree view monitor is a great addition to top-spec Mazda 6 estates. It makes parking a long car a doddle.
The 194bhp 2.5 litre petrol is only available in top-spec GT Sport Nav+. It had really clever technology that switches off two of the engine’s four cylinders when the car is cruising, so its official fuel economy of 41.5mpg is impressive considering its extra power.
It is a pity though that this engine is only available with the automatic gearbox, which seems to almost hold the engine back. You can shift the car into Sport setting and change ‘gear’ with the paddleshifts mounted on the steering wheel to liven things up.
The Mazda 6 Tourer was fun to drive even before a host of improvements to the car’s suspension came in 2018, but thanks to those changes the car is one that feels both comfortable and sporty to drive.
Comfort is ensured thanks in part to a quiet cabin. You don’t hear much noise from the engine or tyres – indeed the only surprising noise on the motorway is from the wind over the door mirrors. And the updated suspension also makes a pretty good job of flattening out bumps and potholes in the road.
And the sportiness comes from the car’s agility in corners. You get great confidence when you turn the steering wheel and the car goes exactly where you expect it to. Passengers shouldn’t be squashed up against the windows as you go round corners either as the car doesn’t lean too much.
Parking is a cinch – parking sensors are standard and on the top-spec GT Sport Nav+ (and an option on Sport Nav+ cars) you get a 360-degree view monitor, that gives you a bird’s eye view of the car in the infotainment screen to make parking even more straightforward.