Mazda 6 TS vs. TS2

Posted on 20 Aug 2013

The Mazda 6 has been a mainstay in the portfolio of Mazda since it was first launched back in 2002, and has gone on to become a worldwide success, hitting the one million sales milestone faster than any previous Mazda vehicle. As far as large family cars go, this Mondeo-rivalling saloon (it’s also available in hatchback and estate models) is about as good as it gets. 

The Mazda 6 has been a mainstay in the portfolio of Mazda since it was first launched back in 2002, and has gone on to become a worldwide success, hitting the one million sales milestone faster than any previous Mazda vehicle. As far as large family cars go, this Mondeo-rivalling saloon (it’s also available in hatchback and estate models) is about as good as it gets. 

The range of Mazda 6 models on the market have attributed greatly to the car’s success in the UK in recent years, with both petrol (1.8-litre; 2.0-litre; 2.5-litre) and diesel (2.2-litre – 127 bhp, 161 bhp, and 178 bhp) models big sellers. Two of the most popular Mazda 6 cars to be found in the current used car market are the TS and the TS2. Visually the two trims look virtually identical – that’s because they pretty much are. The differences between the Mazda 6 TS and TS2 are not recognised in how the car drives, but in the styling and features of the vehicle. So which is better?

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Mazda 6 TS

The Mazda 6 is universally recognised for its excellent performance, with each new generation hailed for its balanced and responsive handling and fuel efficiency. The 6 is a family car that you can actually look forward to driving, and while it may not have had the success in terms of sales that the Ford Mondeo has achieved, it is able to match its rival in almost every department, even bettering it in some peoples view with the introduction of the 2.2-litre diesel engine.

With the TS, you get a fully independent suspension system, offering improved comfort and reduced road noise. You can also enjoy optimum steering assistance thanks to the electric power steering system that has been lifted from the Mazda RX-8. This in turn helps greatly improve fuel economy across all engine configurations.

Space is a major selling point of the Mazda 6, with excellent seat accommodation and plenty of legroom for all passengers. The boot is also a good size, with plenty of extra space available thanks to the one-touch rear seat-folding feature, with the Used Mazda 6 TS available at Jennings Motor Group.

The TS is a trim level above the S and provides some features, including:

  • 'global' closing of front/rear windows
  • white finish dials with amber-red illumination
  • mp3 compatibility
  • dual zone climate control
  • supplementary restraint system – central control unit and crush sensors
  • 16-inch alloys.
Jennings Motor Group Mazda 6

Mazda 6 TS2

With the Mazda 6 TS2, you basically get everything great about the TS with a bit of extra plush. Of course, this upgraded trim line will come at a cost (about an extra £400), but the features do warrant the extra cash. The New Mazda 6 is available to test drive at Jennings Motor Group.

The most notable extra on the TS2 is the addition of 17-inch alloys, replacing the 16-inch set on the TS. However, you also receive the following:

  • auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • automatic rain sensing front wipers
  • 6-CD changer (with mp3 compatibility)
  • front fog lights
  • integrated bluetooth system
  • rear vehicle monitoring system.

 

Conclusion

If you are looking to buy a Mazda 6 purely for its performance and reliability, the trim level will not really matter too much and the TS will serve you well. If, however, you are a fan of bells and whistles and you have some extra cash to spare, the 17-inch alloys alone make the Mazda 6 TS2 the more appealing of the two. 

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