Calculations of the critical properties of binary mixtures of components of equal size are reported using the Guggenheim equation of state. The calculations are used to determine the global phase diagram of binary mixtures. Type VI phase behaviour is predicted successfully indicating that closed-loop liquid-liquid equilibria can be obtained from hardsphere + van der Waals interactions. Closed-loop liquid-liquid equilibria occur in the region of the global phase diagram characterized by moderately strong unlike interactions and components with very dissimilar critical temperatures. The Guggenheim equation can predict all experimentally known phase behaviour types. In addition, other hypothetical phase behaviour types are also predicted.