2013 Mazda 6 Skyactiv 2.0 petrol 165hp

Summary:

Peerless for the money!

Faults:

Not a thing since it was delivered new in -24C at the end of this January.

General Comments:

My fourth Mazda 6 in a row from new.

This is the new generation Skyactiv petrol saloon/sedan model, and whilst I would've preferred to stay with a hatchback, Mazda only offers saloon or wagon models.

It is a wonderful car to drive; despite its size it feels agile and responsive. The gearbox is fantastic, very low noise levels indeed, the suspension is comfortable, as are the seats. Excellent lights and heating/AC system.

These days in Europe many are persuaded to want diesel, but I question this. The new Skyactiv petrol is a hugely impressive piece of engineering; very quiet, lively, and simply staggering fuel economy for a big car. On a trip with careful driving not over 80km/hr I managed 4.8 l/100! You can get 5.5l/100 no problems, and even when you drive it fast, long trips are never more than 6.0/100. This has really astounded me, but I do use 98 octane; maybe that helps?

Any downsides? You need to check the oil levels every week or so as it has some thirst for it, but not much. Some moan about lack of door pocket space, but it takes a 60cl bottle, who wants to lug around bottles of stuff? The interior lights all come on; on the previous model you could shut off the front ones and just illuminate the back, minor though.

This car looks beautiful in Pearlescent white and is a total gem to drive; I'm completely satisfied.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2014

2011 Mazda 6 Touring 2.0 petrol

Summary:

Very glad to own one!

Faults:

Bought in October 2011, and so far nothing at all.

General Comments:

This is now my third Mazda 6 in a row (getting boring, what? No!), and each one gets better; a rare feat.

Reliability has been stellar with all of them. I've read a lot of complaints about diesel engined versions, but the petrol is faultless. Fuel economy is impressive for a large, elegant & practical car. Has gone as low as 6.6l/100km on trips, and 7.2 is easy with fast driving.

The new model certainly has more pliant suspension. Would not go higher than 17" wheels though on any car. It is quiet and very agile to drive; exciting even. The steering wheel functions have been improved, and this is welcome for the driver.

Been on a long trip to Britain and back, and the car was very comfortable; it's an immense load carrier with the seats down flat, so was simple to do.

Criticisms? Really only one, the fuel computer has no time elapsed function.

This car really pleases the driver and passengers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2012

2008 Mazda 6 Elegance 2.0 litre petrol

Summary:

Champion performer, sexy to look at

Faults:

This is a quick initial review, but I had to write it due to enthusiasm! Nothing has gone wrong, but with only 500 on the clock it's not surprising...

General Comments:

Had the previous model, 3 years of faultless performance, nothing went wrong in 60 k kilometres, so I replaced it with the new model.

The difference is very apparent and pleasing. This car is much quieter and feels far more agile despite being larger. The new steering is fantastic, cabin materials are much improved and the seats are better too (the others were fine already)

The steering wheel controls are a bit over complex, which I think is an odd move by Mazda. You get used to them but it does take time. Otherwise, ergonomics are excellent.

The auto dim rear mirror is a welcome new addition, as are the auto folding mirrors in a tight situation!

Headlights not as powerful as the old model though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2008

19th Jun 2010, 18:57

Update on the original review: Now at 27k kilometres and the car is still very pleasing indeed. No rattles, all still feeling like new.

Yet a fault appeared! The remote control key started to refuse to lock the car - it opened it OK - had to use the key in the door - this did not affect the spare key though. Dealer was most helpful and replaced the sensor in the luggage area; now all is fine. An odd problem though, anybody else have the same?

It's a really good car to drive and own, but those headlights could be better though.