2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 Mazda 6

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Safety

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The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Arteon offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Compared to metal, the Arteon’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda 6 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Arteon and the Mazda 6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Arteon comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 6’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Mazda 6’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Arteon for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 6.

There are over 15 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Arteon’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Mazda 6’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 81 more horsepower (268 vs. 187) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 186) than the Mazda 6’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 18 more horsepower (268 vs. 250) than the Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Volkswagen Arteon is faster than the Mazda 6:

Arteon

6 4 cyl.

Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.3 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.4 sec

20.9 sec

16 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.4 sec

7.5 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

89 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Arteon’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Arteon has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Mazda 6 (17.4 vs. 16.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Arteon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Mazda 6.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Arteon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 6:

Arteon

Mazda 6

Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

10.9 inches

10.9 inches

The Arteon stops much shorter than the Mazda 6:

Arteon

Mazda 6

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

141 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Mazda 6 (245/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The Arteon’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mazda 6 Sport’s standard 55 series tires. The Arteon’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Mazda 6 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Mazda 6 Sport. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Mazda 6 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature.

Suspension and Handling

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The Arteon has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Mazda 6’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Arteon SE 4Motion handles at .89 G’s, while the Mazda 6 Signature pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Mazda 6 Touring (26.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the Mazda 6 is rated a Mid-size.

The Arteon has .6 inches more front shoulder room and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the Mazda 6.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Arteon. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Arteon SEL Premium’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

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The Arteon has a 4850 lbs. towing capacity. The Mazda 6 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Arteon uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Mazda 6 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Arteon’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Mazda 6’s power lock and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Arteon’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature.

The Arteon SEL Premium has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Mazda 6.

Both the Arteon and the Mazda 6 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Arteon has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Arteon’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Arteon and the Mazda 6, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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