1 Aug 2002
What a quantum leap forward! The renamed, revitalised and revved-up replacement for the 626 features sexy styling, satisfying performance, sharp dynamics and great value for money.
The front-wheel drive GG-series Mazda6 comes as either a sedan or hatch, or as the GY-series wagon - with all versions powered by a new 122kW/207Nm 2.3-litre DOHC 16V four-cylinder engine that delivers smooth, very economical performance.
Gearbox options are limited to a Tiptronic-style four-speed automatic or five-speed manual.
The car is also roomier, safer in a crash and offers decent loading facilities - especially in hatchback versions.
Standard features include dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, air-conditioning, keyless entry, power steering/mirrors/windows, a CD player and – from January 2004 – side and window airbags.
A true star performer, the Mazda6 put its once beleaguered builder back onto the road to recovery.
The Road to Recovery podcast series
21st of January 2003
Mazda 2002 Mazda6 Luxury Sports hatch
The new Mazda6 hatch could well be the best value mid-sizer available
7th of January 2003
Mazda 2002 Mazda6 Classic sedan
Mazda's new 6 sedan could well be the best value mid-sizer available
When it was new