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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mazda 6 - 10th report

Date: 30 January 2009   |   Author: Tony Rock

Mazda 6

One of our first impressions of the Mazda 6 was that it was "a little noisy", and in the seven or so months since it arrived our initial view hasn't changed.

In terms of both noise and vibration the 140PS 2.0-litre diesel engine lacks refinement, and hasn't - as we thought it might in that first report - improved with miles.

But anyone considering a 6 can now discount this complaint because - as reported in our previous issue - Mazda is, from April, ditching the engine in favour of a trio of new diesels with power outputs of 125, 163 and 186PS respectively. We also road-tested the 163PS version in the previous issue, and as well as providing more power than the outgoing engine, we're pleased to say that refinement has improved enormously.

As much as we'd like to take credit for influencing Mazda engine policy, it transpires that an overly noisy engine isn't the reason why the brand has dropped the old 2.0-litre less than a year after the 6's launch. According to Mazda, it was planned that the new car would arrive with the three engines, but didn't as they weren't ready in time.

Mazda 6 2.0D Sport 5dr
Our average consumption36.7mpg
Forecast CPM47.1p
Actual CPM47.0p
Looks, boot space, equipment
– Engine noise, hard seats, visibility