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How much? £15,869
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Engine: 2183cc 16v diesel four cylinder, 123bhp @ 3500rpm, 229lb ft @ 1800-2600rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, front wheel drive
Performance: 10.6sec 0-62mph, 121mph, 51.4mpg, 147g/km CO2
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Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Mazda 6 2.2D (2009) CAR review

By Stephen Worthy

First Drives

06 April 2009 10:47

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the family saloon shootout is a straight battle between that experienced gunslinger, the Ford Mondeo, and the new kid in town, the impressive Vauxhall Insignia. But waiting in the background is the Mazda 6 – and it’s seriously annoyed about all the attention the other two are getting. And so it should be because, as we are about to find out, even in detuned 123bhp form, its 2.2-litre diesel is a very serious prospect indeed.

So, is the Mazda 6 the tooled-up Samurai to take on the Vauxhall and Ford?

The answer is yes – not least because Mazda’s versatile 2.2-litre diesel engine is a star across all three of its power options. We’ve already highlighted the qualities of the 161bhp and 183bhp specs on launch, and here we get to run the rule over the opposite end of the spectrum. But don’t let 123bhp your judgement – this is an engine that feels like its has far more low down torque and sackloads more power than figures suggest, and it spins up through the revs with alacrity.

We notice the fuel economy figures are a nice little number…

Yep. At 147g/km of CO2, it’s inside the 150g/km CO2 band that triggers a road tax payment of £145 or above. Some technological innovations including a new particulate filter means that this is a significant improvement on the equivalent engine – a 2.0-litre 119bhp diesel – that was in the previous Mazda 6 incarnation. In other words, this engine is cleaner, quicker and cheaper to run than before.

A Mondeo rival, then. Hold on, don’t Ford own Mazda?

Until recently Ford had a controlling stake, but the company announced in late 2008 that it was selling 20%, reducing its overall stake to around 13%. We suspect that means Mazda will no longer be guilty of biting the hand that feeds it, if the 6 sells as many as it should do. They haven’t even had to resort to using the latest incarnation of the Ford-PSA developed common rail diesels, as seen in the Mondeo 2.2 TDCi, Citröen C5 2.2 HDi and Peugeot 407 2.2 HDi. This is an all-new alloy block that’s versatile and quiet.

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trocadero

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trocadero says

RE: Mazda 6 2.2D (2009) CAR review

I'm sorry JB, in my opinion you are espousing hot air again. I have to agree with kkirrkou & Ray_A comments below about Mazda.

 

Incidentally, I see you say in your first post you expect the MX5 market to be taken by  MG & VW. Somehow I doubt it, but, as ever convincing you somebody else, not neccessarilly me, has a valid opinion that differs from yours is impossible.

11 April 2009 10:15

 

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JohnnyBimmer says

RE: Mazda 6 2.2D (2009) CAR review

Trocadero - I'm not brand loyal if that's what you mean, I'm loyal to good brands. So if the Japs came up with a great car I'd def consider it but Mazda ain't it. I explained very clearly why I think this also-ran Mazda is making up the numbers. There's no cutting edge (no acidic bight) that marks it out from the many potatos available off the shelf. Put it next to a Ford or Passat or Insignia and you'd take one of the Euros because they're just as good, they're made here, the dealer networks much larger and whilst the Mazda just fine to look at so are all the others (Insignia has the edge inside and out).If Mazda can't come up wirth something more than a me-too saloon they're toast in Europe (especially with recession causing protectionism tendancies trickling into consumers decisions).     

11 April 2009 01:47

 

trocadero

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trocadero says

RE: Mazda 6 2.2D (2009) CAR review

JB, you say elsewhere on the forums you only ever buy Porsche or BMW. If that genuinely is the case, then you are unlikely to have considered a Mazda. I have seen many of these on the road, in my opinion, they look good and are reasonably priced. Other than that no opinion.

 

I would be interested in the facts and logic used to support your comment  "I cannot see this brand surviving as anything else but an MX5 maker"

09 April 2009 15:41

 

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JohnnyBimmer says

RE: Mazda 6 2.2D (2009) CAR review

Trocadero - I opened my mind to oranges,lemons, avocados but came up with potato... mashed. You didn't offer an opinion on the Maxda, just a quip on me,  are you still vedgetating?

09 April 2009 04:06

 

kkirkou

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kkirkou says

RE: Mazda 6 2.2D (2009) CAR review

I said a while back that Mazda has not one model right now that is not highly competitive in its segment. I quite respect this car and I even find it much more beautiful than the Insignia (which visually is a mix and match of other current cars). It has handling to match the Mondeo, proven reliability and looks so much better than the lot (Avensis, Laguna, Superb, Accord, 407 etc). Now we learn that it has an excellent in-house diesel and comes priced very competitively. What is not to like about it?

06 April 2009 23:21

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