2011 Mazda 6 Touring 2.0 petrol


Very glad to own one!


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


Champion performer, sexy to look at


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.

2005 Mazda 6 Elegance 2.0 petrol


Unquestionably enjoyable


Car was bought on 31st August 05 and generally very pleased with it, but the dealer leaves a lot to be desired, shoddy frankly. Cars in Finland must have an engine warmer fitted due to the Arctic winter, the dealer had left out over a litre of coolant when I inspected it a few days later, potential disaster. Oil level oddly low too, a general nonchalance and reluctance to do much about these things.

General Comments:

The above comments should be offset by the car's character and many vitues. It is an 05 face-lifted model and it looks very appealing, the 17" alloys look purposeful and do not degrade ride comfort. The interior is well made and laid out, the seats being very good (not as good as my previous Volvo S40, see my review, but NOTHING is). Impressive too is gearbox action with 6 speeds, clutch and the steering are both very reassuring. The first time I drove a Mazda 6 a couple of years back, I was put off by the noise levels. The new one is very much quieter and a little more powerful, yet the fuel consumption is extremely good for a large roomy car. 7.0 litres/100 is not difficult on a run. The interior space and one fold seats are excellent, why can't all hatchbacks use this simple flat floor system? Trees have been taken to my summer house in it, well, small ones, but anyway. Headlights are well up to the job, brakes powerful, ride good and chassis action superb. I do miss the auto dip rear mirror, a stupid omission on a new car (can one be fitted does anyone know?) and the light in the boot is not auto switch on off nor has the central locking got 1 door open anti hijack another false economy. Very pleasant to own, drive and use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2005

23rd Dec 2006, 13:06

Update to my original article: Now passed 30,000kms mark and has been to France and UK. The ONLY fault has been a headlamp bulb blowing and as daylight headlamp use is the law in Finland, bulbs blow quicker than elsewhere. Still extremely pleased with the car, found a new and competent dealer too. Heating and ventilation superb, so too are the headlights. The upholstery which is light beige has stood up to dirt and grime amazingly well. I can strongly recommend this car as it is very pleasant to drive, is practical and very reliable. My garage is very narrow so there have been a few scrapes, but otherwise the car feels brand new after 30k kms and two arctic winters.