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The Top Gear car review:Mazda Mazda6

Overall verdict
An accomplished all-rounder. Last year's interior improvements complete it.


Clever engine tech, low costs, pretty styling, superb drive


2.0-litre petrol engine is noisy


What is it?

Mazda is a relatively small company trying to compete in a sector that has defeated many. The large saloon is, unless it wears a premium badge, something of a dying breed these days. Fleet drivers simply don’t need to think twice when given the choice between a decent-spec Toyota Avensis or a base-spec BMW 316d SE.

That’s why Mazda has had a rethink with this new Mazda 6. The first genuinely new car from its so-called ‘SKYACTIV’ methodology, it’s lighter, greener, smarter and prettier. It’s trying to be a viable alternative to the premium brands, with good looks and intelligent brand appeal of its own. And, newly enhanced last year with added polish for its weaknesses (namely, the interior), it’s a genuine contender.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.2d [175] Sport Nav 4dr
7.9s 119g/km 62.8 175 £26,940
The cheapest
2.0 SE 4dr
9.5s 129g/km 51.4 145 £19,940
The greenest
2.2d SE 4dr
9.1s 107g/km 68.9 150 £22,440
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