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Mazda 6 review

£24,130 - £33,810
Published: 01 Jul 2021


What should I be paying?

A quick reminder of prices, then: SE-L starts at £24,990, Sport starts at £27,790, while GT Sport starts at £32,370. Or, from a quick look around, from £350, £375, and £442 respectively on a three-year agreement with a six-month initial payment. 

Across all trim levels, there’s plenty of useful features including a head-up display, featuring speed limits, nav directions and information about the cruise control or speed limiter, DAB radio, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And thank goodness: we’d suggest sticking to the latter for the satnav, the in-built system is hugely frustrating; difficult to navigate and sent us to the wrong destination in central London on more than one occasion. Painful. 

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Sport trim, meanwhile, also adds heated front seats and steering wheel, powered lumbar adjustment, reversing camera, and the excellent 11-speaker Bose audio system, while GT sport trim adds a sunroof – eats into headroom a surprising amount, be warned – plus Nappa leather coating on the dash, seats and armrests. No more scratchy plastics.

Which would we choose? We’d probably recommend going for the 2.0-litre 162bhp manual in Sport trim. You won’t win any races off the lights, sure, but this is a family saloon not a DTM racer. It’s also impressively efficient – a real-life 44.8mpg figure (higher than Mazda’s claimed 42.2mpg, need we remind you) is not to be sniffed at as a commuter. And you’ll get plenty of luxury options including that fine Bose audio system to drown out the road and wind noise. Peak 6, basically.

Oh, and on a final note: there’s a three-year (or 60,000 mile) warranty, with extended cover optionally available, but Mazdas are generally reliable enough that you ought not to worry.

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