Mazda6 Tourer Review (2014)
Mazda6 Tourer Review (2014)

The new third generation Mazda6 Saloon and Tourer went on sale on the 25th January 2013.

The Mazda6 Tourer has a footprint measuring 4805mm long x 1804mm wide x 1476 mm high. It is a five-door estate that will comfortably seat five adults. There is a saloon model which is a practically identical bar the fact it is longer, wider and a hatchback - the dimensions are 4870 mm (long) x 1840mm (wide) x 1450mm (high).

There is a choice of either petrol or diesel SKYACTIV engines, there is a 2.0-litre petrol unit with the choice of two outputs, 145ps or 165ps – or on the diesel front there is a 2.2.-litre unit with the choice of either 150ps or 175ps – both diesel engines can be specified with either a six-speed manual gearbox or automatic transmission.

There are four trim levels for the Mazda6 Tourer, ‘SE’, ‘SE Nav’, ‘SE-L’, ‘SE-L Nav’ and the top-of-the-range ‘Sport Nav’. Prices start at £22,895 for the entry level petrol 2.0 145ps Tourer SE-L and move up to the 2.2 175ps Tourer Sport Nav Auto priced at £28,295.

What we tested

We tested the Mazda6 2.2D 150PS Sport Nav which at the time of testing cost £26,695.

Driving & Performance

Our test car was fitted with a bi-turbo SKYACTIV-D 2.2 (2191 cc) diesel engine producing 150PS @ 4500 rpm / 380 Nm between 1800-2600 rpm - which makes it capable of 0-62 mph in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph. Our test car was fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox; we found the gear changes were crisp and the ratios well matched to the engine.

If you are looking for a bit more grunt then you can opt for the 175PS model – which will achieve 0-62 mph in 8.0 seconds with a top speed of 137 mph, with little compromise on fuel consumption.

On paper the 2.2-litre 150PS diesel engine is capable of returning 51.4 mpg urban, 74.3 mpg extra urban and a combined figure of 64.2 mpg (all NEDC figures) – we were achieving around 35.4 mpg touring, rising to over 55 mpg on the motorway. CO2 emissions are recorded at 116 g/km – all figures are for the Sport Nav edition we were testing

The Mazda6 Tourer is great fun to drive, living up to its name as a ‘Sports Tourer’ – some may not like the hard ride as it can suffer over poor road surfaces but this comes hand in hand with its impressive handling and directional steering.

In summary we found the Mazda6’s engine quiet and responsive - offering great driving dynamics.

Published : 20/01/14 Author : Melanie Carter

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