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The Top Gear car review:Mazda 6
Running costs and reliability
Fuel consumption might be a worry with these heftier petrol engines, but Mazda has done well to keep efficiency in check – the top spec 191bhp petrol will still deliver 41.5mpg combined, while our preferred manual diesel can manage 58.6mpg.
CO2 emissions creep up a bit, though. 126g/km from the 2.2-litre diesel plays 156g/km from the petrol, making a noticeable difference to your company car tax bill. There’s a three-year (or 60,000 mile) warranty, with extended cover available to purchase, but Mazdas are reliable enough that you ought not to worry.
Storage is good throughout, with the Tourer featuring roof rails as standard for roof boxes or surfboard fun. With seats up, the spacious boot can swallow 522 litres of stuff (40 more than the saloon), but upping to 1,664 litres with the rear seats folded. There are plenty of smart cubbies in the front, but still no obvious space to prop your phone up.
It’s worth upgrading to the Sport Nav+ trim for the keyless entry and Bose surround sound – even if you do have to contend with the 19in wheels – but the GT Sport Nav+ is a great option if the 360deg camera and head-up display are to your liking.