The Mazda 6 is a large family car that came out in 2002. Having sold more than a million units all over the world since it began production, the Mazda 6 boasts of being the fastest-selling out of all the vehicles that the Japanese car manufacturer has in its lineup. Maybe the success of the Mazda 6 has to do with the new design philosophy (Stylish, Insightful, and Spirited) that Mazda pursued at the time since the car was the first example of it. Succeeding the Mazda 626, the Mazda 6 is now on its third iteration, which came out in 2012, unveiled at the Moscow International Motor Show.
The Mazda 6 follows a version of the SkyActiv architecture so it also has the same MacPherson strut front and multi-link suspension system. And because of this SkyActiv architecture, the car also achieves gaining size without being bulky. In fact, the Mazda 6 is lighter, thanks to the use of high-tensile steel.
There are petrol and diesel engine options available so one is given the chance to pick out a unit that will address their needs the most. For petrol units, a 2.0-litre engine is available (163bhp or 143bhp), while diesel engines come in a 2.2-litre unit (173bhp or 148bhp). And depending on the gearbox you choose, the diesel engine offers excellent carbon dioxide emissions for its class as aided by the new stop-start system on the Mazda 6.
In terms of space, the wider wheelbase offers abundant legroom at the rear. With the saloon, a 483-litre boot is quite impressive and this opens up to a more impressive 1,632 litres when the seats at the back are folded down. The Tourer model offers 506 litres of boot space as standard. Up front, it’s also roomy, with the driver’s seat adjustable six ways if you get a top-spec model.
There are six different trim levels available with the Mazda 6 but even at the simplest, most basic trim there’s enough equipment to satisfy. An entry-level model features air conditioning, USB connectivity, cruise control, alloy wheels, front foglights, and electric mirrors, pretty much covering the basics for anyone.
Whether you choose a manual or automatic gearbox, you can expect great response that makes switching gears a breeze. The manual gearbox though has a one-up on the automatic one in that it is lighter and more pleasing to use.
The Mazda 6 looks more impressive on the outside. Step inside and you’ll see inferior architecture that was carried over from the CX-5, simply squashed into a slimmer saloon that did nothing to improve the interiors of the Mazda 6. The dashboard is lumpy and fascia materials are undistinguishable. But while it’s not pretty, it’s tough, with controls, levers, and knobs fitted in to last through any kind of abuse. The multimedia system is an exception though. If it’s too clunky and unresponsive, it gets tiresome to deal with.
Since the Mazda 6 is lighter, it is able to move better on flatter surfaces. However, take smooth surfaces away and you’ll definitely feel the lightness is not an advantage. The ride is generally acceptable though but be ready to feel those bumps in the road.
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