Mazda Mazda 6 Saloon 2007 - 2009

Mazda Mazda 6 Saloon 2007 - 2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Spacious and practical for everyday use
  • Further improvements to the handling and driving experience

Cons:

  • We were expecting more from the interior

Overview

The second generation of The Mazda 6 made its debut in 2007 and it has been around ever since. The latest minor face-lift happened in 2011 but it didn't affect the used car prices significantly. Its resale value is still pretty high and those who are looking for a cheap Mazda 6 should probably wait for the 3rd generation to come out. Along with a massive portfolio of improvements, the 2nd generation also came with an increased price, but it is still a great value for money. Some will be relieved that it doesn't resemble the old 626.

Exterior and Interior

The new Mazda 6 is built on a brand-new platform, thus it has very few similarities with the previous generation. Although the underlying philosophy and many elements have remained, the new generation is a much refined car that it well reflected in both performance and price. The Mazda 6 remains true to its style but features a sportier look. It is a well equipped car but we were expecting more from the interior. The main thing on Mazda's agenda when designing the new generation was safety. Although modern Mazdas are not any worse than their competitors, customers usually don't associate the Japanese brand with exceptional safety. They deserve praise in this context ‐ apart from the usual 6 air bags of the 1st generation Mazda 6, the new version also features a curtain bag to improve the safety during a side impact. Although the car made debut in all three usual body styles: sedan, hatchback and estate, in 2009 it was decided to scrap the sedan. The hatchback does look nicer and it offers a much bigger boot, hence most customers weren't that keen on the sedan. Some of the interior design elements deployed in the 1st generation Mazda 6 gave raised our hopes that Mazda might be on the right track to bring its cars' interiors onto an acceptable standard. Expecting an improvement in a new generation of the cars wasn't unreasonable, but Mazda obviously thought differently. The interior design was a step in the wrong direction. It is quite boring and because the interior materials are not of a high standard, some elements start rattling with time.

Performance and Economy

All the old engines were re-touched to improve the performance and economy. The 2.3-litre petrol unit was replaced with a bigger 2.5-litre engine. It is an impressive engine, but compared to the old 2.3-litre powerplant, rather thirsty and only manages 35mpg. There are, however, more efficient versions that don't lack the power either. The 152BHP-strong 2.0-litre engine delivers 40mpg which is good for its class. The diesels are still powerful and efficient delivering 52 and 51mpg respectively depending on the displacement.

Like to Drive

How do you improve the drive quality of a car that is already great to drive? Take the steering system out of the sport coupe RX-8 and place it in a family sedan. We said that the 1st generation Mazda 6 was great to drive ‐ the new car is even better. With the improved level of comfort and the addition of new handling characteristics, added by the sporty steering system, offers you the best driving experience of its class. The suspension is still quite hard which some may not like due to the harder ride quality, but the improved grip makes it feel far more agile. Further touches to the suspension system were added in 2010.

Faults and Repairs

The Mazda 6 is still a reliable car. The engines were updated for the 2nd generations and are not going to cause any serious problems. There have been reports regarding issues concerning ancillary systems on the diesel version. The gearboxes might also develop funny problems and should be checked carefully if you are buying a model second hand.