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"Smart, capable and attractive estate"
  • Launched: 2012
  • Estate
  • Petrol, Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Attractive inside and out
  • Good to drive
  • Useful load space

Cons

  • Ride is firm on models with larger wheels
  • Stodgy automatic gearbox
  • No hybrid or electric version available

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Overall verdict

"What the Mazda 6 Tourer manages to do is provide you with all the practicality and versatility that you buy an estate car for, but is also appealing for the way it looks and the way it drives. It’s not the biggest car in the class, nor is it the absolute best to drive, but the combination of qualities makes for a compelling package."

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If you ever needed proof that some people will choose a car based on a badge and not on the quality of the product, then Mazda is it. Its recent products have been consistently of a high standard, matching or beating the competition in many areas, yet they don’t appear to be as popular as their excellence would merit.


The 6 Tourer is certainly one of those cars. First introduced in 2012, then updated significantly in 2016, it was designed to take on cars like the Ford Mondeo Estate and Vauxhall Vectra but also more premium-level cars like the Volkswagen Passat. Combining an attractive exterior with a quality interior, good engines, an enjoyable driving experience and good practicality, it is very strong in a number of areas and is certainly worthy of consideration if you need a medium estate car.


The 6 Tourer cuts quite a distinctive dash; particularly the latest models, which have a more prominent grille design and tend to sit on larger alloy wheels. If you thought there was no way an estate could look as good as a saloon, then this should change your mind. It’s an attractive design in its own right, and yet still manages to incorporate the bigger rear end without it looking tacked on.


Inside th 6 Tourer the good news continues. There’s plenty of space in here of course, enough to travel with four or even five adults on board plus a hefty load of luggage, but the cabin is also attractive and well-made. It’s pleasingly low-key in here too, with an infotainment screen that doesn’t dominate the dashboard, discreet switches and buttons, and nice materials too.


The engine range is broadly conventional, with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines. The earliest models come with a 2.0-litre petrol in 145PS or 165PS versions and a 2.2-litre diesel in 150PS and 175PS guises, this was supplemented in 2016 with the addition of a 2.5-litre petrol with 192PS and an automatic gearbox as standard. The smaller petrol options offer useful performance and good economy for their size, but the 2.2-litre diesels make for a more relaxed drive with superior fuel consumption too.


The 6 Tourer is surprisingly good fun to drive for a car that’s designed to be practical. The steering is responsive, the car feels light on its toes and it is keen to turn into a corner, remaining impressively flat and level in the process. The downside to this is that ride quality is slightly compromised as a result, particularly on cars wearing larger wheels, but this is only really an issue on very poor roads.


There’s a great deal to like about the 6 Tourer. It makes a strong case for itself as a car you would choose with your heart rather than simply because you need a medium estate car. It can do all the practical stuff comfortably, but is still a car that you should enjoy driving.


Is the 6 Tourer right for you?

If you need a medium-sized estate car then the Mazda 6 Tourer should definitely be on your shortlist. It has the luggage capacity and all-round practicality to haul large amounts of stuff on a regular basis; if you have to do lots of miles and carry things while doing it, the 6 Tourer can do so with ease. Similarly it makes for an excellent family car, with an appealing cabin, a good standard of overall refinement and a strong specification too.


The 6 Tourer would also suit someone who was chopping in a sportier car in favour of something more practical. It’s no performance car, but it does provide enough driving pleasure to keep an enthusiastic driver happier than some of the alternatives in the segment. It would also make a good alternative to a similarly-sized SUV, providing a better driving experience and superior economy too.

What’s the best Mazda 6 Tourer model/engine to choose ?

Although there is quite a wide choice of engines for the 6 Tourer, the only one that really is best avoided is the 2.5-litre petrol. It’s the thirstiest engine in the range and only comes with the six-speed automatic gearbox that isn’t a great performer - and if you really need an automatic you can specify it on the other engine options. 


We would recommend either of the 2.0-litre petrol engines - both offer a good mix of performance and economy and are the cheapest models in the range. If you regularly carry big loads or need to tow, the 150PS diesel is a sound choice.


As for trim levels, the basic SE model has a good specification but we would suggest stepping up a level to SE-L, which adds useful features such as automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors and climate control. SE-L Nav also adds navigation to this if you don’t want to use your smartphone for nav duties.


What other cars are similar to the Mazda 6 Tourer?

There are plenty of competitors vying for your money in this segment. The most obvious rivals are the Ford Mondeo Estate and the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, which both offer good load space and a broad range of engines and specifications, although neither are as nice to look at, or to drive as the Mazda.

 Volkswagen’s Passat Estate offers a more high quality experience with nicer materials and greater refinement, and although it is also very spacious it does tend to be a little more expensive on a model-for-model basis. For the ultimate in load carrying it has to be the Skoda Superb Estate however, which is truly cavernous as well as being good value and well specified.

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