It’s almost unanimous that Mazda are pumping out some seriously good looking cars right now. With the delightful Mazda 3 just around the corner it seems the Japanese giant are certain to maintain their sales chart success. The impressive Mazda 6 range is again no exception and this fortnight we have both the Mazda 6 Touring and GT diesel wagons in the EFTM garage. Before our full review let us cast a quick spotlight over the mid grade Touring model.
Make: Mazda 6
Variant: Touring Wagon
Engine / Transmission: 2.2-litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC intercooled turbo diesel with i-stop and i-ELOOP. 6-speed automatic with manual mode.
Vital Stats: Power 129kW @ 4,500 rpm / 420Nm @ 2,000 rpm
Mazda Claimed Fuel Economy: 5.4l / 100km
EFTM Claimed Fuel Economy: 5.9l / 100km
MRRP Price: $41,650 (Plus on roads)
Exterior Features Highlights:
- Body coloured door handles
- Chorome exhaust extensions
- Front fog lights
- Green-tinted windows
- Halogen headlamps
- Heated power mirrors
- Rear Spoiler (Wagon only)
- Roof Rails (Wagon only)
- LED Tail lamps
Interior Features Highlights
- Keyless push-button ignition
- Dual-zone air conditioning with rear vents
- 12 volt power outlet in cargo area
- Cargo area tonneau cover and net
- Sliding centre front armrest
- Cruise control
- Cup holders including door bottle holders
- Leather wrapped steering wheel, gear shift knob and handbrake handle
- Paddle shift gear control
- TomTom satellite navigation
- Premium Bose® 231 watt 11 speaker sound system
- USB input
- Leather seat trim with 2-position driver memory, 8-way power adjustment for driver, passenger 4-way
- 60/40 spilt flat-fold rear seat
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Dusk-sensing headlamps
- Airbags; front (driver and passenger), curtain (front and rear), side (front)
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
- Traction Control System (TCS)
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
- Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) – Hazards flash under heavy braking
- Hill Launch Assist (HLA)
- Parking sensors front and rear
- Reverse camera
Wow Factor: Undoubtedly a slick looking wagon, with a high degree of road presence particularly from front on. Mazda lead the way for affordable quality interiors, decent sound system.
Most Impressive: Diesel models are very frugal. The SKYACTIV suite of technologies equate to sub 6l / 100km figures at the pump. Handling is not as well sorted as pricer Europeans, but the ride is far more supple. The interior build gives the Europeans a fright as well.
Not So Impressive: Not the most exciting drive in history, diesel engine is a fraction more noticeable than others and could be a little more brisk. The i-stop feature is about as smooth as corrugated iron. Clunky Bluetooth® operation with annoying lag in between music tracks. By today’s standards the touchscreen display is quite small (5.8-inch)
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.