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Mazda 6 review - Reliability and Safety

A few early niggles blighted the 6, and some owners still report issues

The Mazda brand has an excellent reputation for reliability and has been praised for this in the annual Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction surveys over the years. The latest 6 did suffer from a few electrical gremlins when first launched, but these have been ironed out and the car is now largely dependable, as you’d expect from the Japanese brand.

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The Mazda 6 has still slipped in our rankings as a result of these early issues; compared to other Japanese cars, build quality isn’t as good as it could be, which is partly down to the disappointing interior in the pre-facelift model. The latest cars are much better here, which should filter through to Driver Power results in time.

It’s also worth noting that, externally, the Mazda 6 is a beautifully built car. Panel fit and finish are exemplary and the appearance is very much that of a carefully assembled premium car.

The Mazda 6 was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2013, and was awarded a full five-star score, with individual rankings of 92 per cent for adult protection and 77 per cent for child protection. Pedestrian safety was rated at 66 per cent and safety assist systems an impressive 81 per cent.

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All models feature this Smart City Brake Support system, which insurers officially recognise as a major safety benefit. The system was improver in 2016 with proper pedestrian detection and activation at higher speeds.

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However, the full Safety Pack of adaptive LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and Rear Smart City Brake Support is an £800 option on higher spec versions.  

Warranty

Mazda offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty on the 6, supported by a paint and surface corrosion guarantee that has the same age limit but no mileage cap. This package is fully transferrable, and also covers anti-perforation rust protection for 12 years, again with no mileage limit.

Buyers have a suite of extended warranty packages to choose from, too. There are three levels – Essential, Elite and Complete – and each can be tailored to an owner’s requirements, with quotes available through an online calculator.

Servicing

Service intervals for the 6 are disappointingly frequent – a check-up is required every 12,500 miles, or on an annual basis if you don’t cover that many miles. As ever, following these intervals to the letter is a requirement of maintaining the full warranty cover. It may be an inconvenience to high-mileage company car drivers, but Mazda’s robust build quality and integrity does keep the cost of maintenance down.

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