The 2019 Mazda6

2019 Mazda6 2.2 Diesel Review

The 2019 Mazda6
The 2019 Mazda6

Caroline drives the 2019 Mazda6!

The Mazda6 just keeps on evolving and towards the end of 2018 it was time for another update. Arguably the Mazda6 has always been a great example of a large saloon, but to a refined nose the gentle tweaks do keep the car current and fresh.

In 2012, the Mazda6 ushered in a new era with its striking KODO ‘Soul of Motion’ design philosophy. Over the years, Mazda have made some minor refinements but you would have to be eagle-eyed to spot any major styling changes in the Mazda6’s sensuous silhouette.

But we are reliably informed that there is a new ‘3D’ grille with mesh positioned deeper within the surround. The LED headlamps integrate new signature ‘wing tips’ from the grille surround. The lower bumper has also been redesigned for a sleeker profile and an aerodynamically efficient air intake.

At the rear, the 2019 Mazda6 Saloon has a remodelled boot lid, while both the Saloon and Tourer have cleaner rear bumper styling with more body coloured areas. Soul Red Crystal is available for the first time, a deeper and enhanced version of the signature Soul Red the car was launched with.

The interior of the 2019 Mazda6
The interior of the 2019 Mazda6

Inside the 2019 Mazda6

The cabin of the 2019 Mazda6 has also been reworked a little to include upgraded seats, instrument panel, door trim and materials. Can we pause for just a second to appreciate the refined sophistication of the cabin of the Mazda6? It just keeps getting better and better inside the Mazda6 - even more premium. This current iteration is a fine mix of upmarket materials and stylish, refined design. There is an 8” centre screen for infotainment and it’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There is space for five inside though the rear legroom does not appear as generous as in some rivals. At 480 litres, the boot comes in a little behind rivals also but by most standards that’s still a lot of space.

In Ireland the updated Mazda6 goes on sale from €31,945 with three equipment levels: Executive SE, Platinum and Platinum+. New features for the 2019 Mazda6 range include ventilated seats, projection active driving display and 360° parking display. The range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems now include Radar Cruise Control.

What are my engine options?

Engine options for Ireland include the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel with 150hp or 184hp and the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine with 165hp. Both petrol and diesel engines are available with either a manual or automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G has been enhanced with new intake ports, new pistons and revised fuel injection and cooling. In its highest output, the popular 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel now produces 184hp (up from 175hp).

The new Mazda6 has some changes to the styling, interior, equipment, engines, suspension and sound proofing
The new Mazda6 has some changes to the styling, interior, equipment, engines, suspension and sound insulation

My test car was a 2.2 diesel manual with 184hp in Platinum+ trim, retailing from €42,865. Active Driving Display with integrated Satellite Navigation, Adaptive LED Headlights and Blind Spot Monitoring come as standard. All models now feature Blind Spot Monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Advanced Smart City Brake Support.

Other features on my test car included leather interior, dual zone climate control, 19” alloys, keyless entry and Bose sound system.

What else is new in the 2019 Mazda6?

Under the skin, Mazda has made some adjustments including suspension fine tuning and component upgrades, designed to improve ride comfort while maintaining the Mazda6’s famed driver engagement. Bump stop characteristics have been revised, the front dampers have increased in diameter and rebound springs have been added, while a new urethane rear damper top mount has been fitted for smoother vehicle behaviour and improved ride quality. The steering knuckles have been lowered for more neutral steering characteristics and rigid mounts now attach the steering gear to the suspension cross-member for a more precise response to subtle steering wheel actions.

Mazda has also made some refinements to improve cabin insulation with thicker body panels, natural sound smoother technology and noise absorbing materials. New vibration absorbing material has also been added to the centre tunnel and the roof lining. A flatter underbody, plus new bumper and engine undercovers claim to streamline airflow under the car, while ducts introduced in place of the fog lights in the front bumper create a flow of air to the front wheels, improving aerodynamic performance. SKYACTIV-G models are also fitted with an active air shutter that closes when the engine does not need cooling to improve real-world efficiency.

The Mazda6 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €31,945
The Mazda6 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €31,945

So what does all this translate to on the road?

Well, it’s all good for the Mazda6. The diesel model tested is super smooth to drive, with a lovely spread of power and works effortlessly with the manual gearbox. The engine is not too noisy and the Mazda6 makes a refined and comfortable long-distance cruiser, with just a whisper of road noise. It’s economical too and over a week of driving my fuel consumption was 5.5/100km.

But the real marvel of the Mazda is just how much fun it is to drive for a large saloon – at times I was having so much fun I thought I might be driving an MX-5! The handling is superb with pleasant agility and steering that’s sharp and communicative.

Refinements to the new Mazda6 raise its profile even more as a segment leader in terms of driving dynamics and cabin ambience. This car is also a true alternative to premium rivals like a Mercedes-Benz C-Class or Jaguar XE in my opinion.

The Mazda6 is the large executive car for all seasons: the one you will enjoy driving day in, day out.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Mazda6 2.2 SKYACTIV-D Platinum
€42,865 (Range from €31,945)
Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel
184 hp
Torque: 445 Nm
8.5 seconds
Top speed: 227 km/h
CO2 emissions:
124 g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year

The Mazda6 is the one for posh cabin ambience and driving fun
The Mazda6 is the one for posh cabin ambience and driving fun

The 2018 Mazda6

2018 Mazda6 Goes On Sale In Ireland

The 2018 Mazda6
The 2018 Mazda6 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €31,945

The Mazda6 Saloon and Tourer range has been revised for 2018. The 2018 Mazda6 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €31,945.

The new Mazda6 has been refined inside and out and offers a suite of new technology and safety features.

According to Mazda, the cabin of the 2018 Mazda6 is now more refined, quiet and comfortable than ever, but has also been updated with the very latest in multimedia connectivity on an 8-inch centre screen.

To improve refinement the new Mazda6 has thicker body panels, natural sound smoother technology and noise absorbing materials.

Engines have been improved to maximise efficiency and power. The new Mazda6 will offer a choice of two SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre petrol engines available in either 145PS or 165PS. A new SKYACTIV-D 2.2-litre diesel engine with 184PS will accompany the 2.2-litre diesel with 150PS option.

Both petrol and diesel engines are available in either manual or automatic transmissions.

The range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems has also been broadened with features such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Projected Active Driving Display with integrated Satellite Navigation, Adaptive LED Headlights and Blind Spot Monitoring all as standard. Intelligent Speed Assistance and 360° parking view monitor are available on higher spec grades.

John Perry, Managing Director of Mazda Ireland commented; “The outgoing Mazda6 has been such a successful car it has continuously received praise as one of the leading cars in its segment, aesthetically and as a driving experience. Refinements to the new Mazda6 raise its profile as a segment leader and a true alternative to premium rivals. Not only has the design, engine line up and technology been upgraded, driving dynamics have also been improved to further strengthen the engaging driving experience provided by Mazda's unique, Jinba Ittai, car-and-driver-as-one philosophy. The new Mazda6 should be a genuine consideration for any driver looking for a premium yet fun to drive offering, even in the era of SUV and crossover dominance."

The interior of the 2018 Mazda6
The interior of the 2018 Mazda6

2017 Mazda6 review ireland

Mazda6 Review

2017 Mazda6 review ireland
The 2017 Mazda6

After dropping back the Mazda CX-5, I next picked up a Mazda6 for review. It was interesting to take these two cars back to back because you could consider the Mazda6 saloon now an old-fashioned format. SUVs are very much of the moment, and the CX-5 was certainly very impressive, so how would the Mazda6 follow?

The Mazda6 is one of the best-looking cars in its segment, in particular in the Soul Red signature colour, which shows off the cars flowing lines and elegance to great effect. The Mazda6 has the grandness of a large saloon, and the space to match, with generous accommodation in the front and back. The cabin is robustly made with plenty of soft touch materials that give the Mazda6 an unmistakably premium feel.

For 2017, Mazda has refined the Mazda6 slightly. There is not much to shout about in terms of updates to the design inside and out, but under the skin, Mazda has added something called G-Vectoring Control, more sound insulation and worked on the diesel engine to make it more refined.

In Ireland, the Mazda6 is offered with a 2.0-litre petrol with 145hp and a 2.2-litre diesel (150hp or 175hp). Manual and automatic gearboxes are available.

My test car had the 2.2-litre diesel with 175hp matched to an automatic transmission and it’s close to perfection in terms of power, refinement and the slickness of the automatic gearbox. Though in this combination, the Mazda6 is not cheap – my Platinum trim car has a list price of €38,695 - it’s truly premium levels of refinement in the cabin of the Mazda6.

2017 Mazda6 review ireland
The interior of the 2017 Mazda6

Sitting lower than in an SUV, a saloon like the Mazda6 immediately engages the driver. The Mazda6 is certainly one of the most accomplished large saloons in the handling department. Small movements on the steering wheel control the Mazda6 with ease and the responses are lightning quick. G-Vectoring Control monitors steering and throttle position when you enter a corner under power and for a moment reduces the amount of torque delivered to the front wheels, thereby transferring a fraction more weight onto the front axle which allows the front wheels to turn more precisely. The car grips willingly in corners and body roll is well contained making it a fantastic sporty drive.

On the motorway, the power and flexibility of the 2.2 diesel Mazda6 and the noise isolation in the cabin make it a serene and relaxing experience. The suspension is supple and works well over changeable Irish road conditions.

In terms of pricing, the Mazda 6 range kicks off at €29,295 for a 2.0 petrol and €29,995 for a 2.0 diesel in Executive trim. Standard equipment includes leather steering wheel, cruise control, air con, 7” inch colour screen and front fog lamps.

Executive SE models start from €31,295 and include parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, rear privacy glass, climate control and Smart City Brake Support.

2017 Mazda6 review ireland
The Mazda6 is a super refined and engaging large saloon

Platinum models start from €35,695 and include heated, electrically adjustable, front seats, heated steering wheel, LED headlights and rear lights, Bose stereo, reversing camera and keyless entry.

As a refined long distance cruiser the Mazda6 is faultless, but off the big roads the Mazda6 will engage the driver and flits around corners with style. The improvements in refinement bring the Mazda6 to truly premium levels of ease and comfort, and with the 2.2 diesel under the bonnet, there is power in spades without the diesel clatter. Saloons like the Mazda6 might be an endangered species but the Mazda6 is a joy to drive.

Model tested: Mazda6 2.2 SKYACTIV-D Platinum Auto
Price: €38,695 (Range starts at €29,295)
Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel
Torque: 420Nm
8.4 seconds
Top speed: 216km/h
Claimed Economy: 
CO2 emissions:  
Motor tax:
€270 per year

Caroline Kidd