Review Mazda 6
Frustrated, that is, not by the general public, but by most other car companies. Since returning as the first generation Mazda 6 five years ago, the brand from Hiroshima has not made a joint decision to make a mistake.
Its subsequent models have grown ostentatiously toward the top of their members layers.
With Mazda6 – the second of the so-called Zoom Zoom Zoom era after the exciting new Mazda 2 to reach the second generation – you have to dig deep to find cons.
But they are there, okay – even beyond that annoying advertising slogan.
Please consider that the seat lacks support under the thighs and the indicators do not have a one-lane lane change function.
The engine is the same on the car worth $ 30K as the model plus $ 40K. Ditto plastic cabin. One obvious omission is the vents for the rear seats. And we will not get coolwagon variant in luxurious decoration. Sorry, that was about it.
The latest Mazda6 leaps to the forefront of a class that has been revolutionized by its predecessors.
6 new cars prove once again that mid-sized cars don’t need to be Camrys. It evaluate the dynamics that are the norm for its type. Add bulletproof quality and cool styling, and arguably the more prestigious European equivalent looks too expensive and undergoes.
The new Mazda6 is not only better than it used to be in every way, it costs almost the same car it did in 2002, but has a much more standard kit.
Limited models for sedans only will cost from about $ 29,000, Classic models a few more and Luxury models cost $ 40,000, with Luxury Sport only blooming on it.
Five-door, likely to continue to be the best-selling, has a coupe silhouette.
From a three-quarters front view, it’s hard to distinguish it from this car; From the side, the high, stretched tail makes it obvious sibling.
However, for the time being, this car has won a style share: it is the most attractive of many things as we have seen recently, embellished with silver roof rails and leather (in Europe). .
The number 6 has increased dramatically in all directions, not only in width (plus 65mm), height (added 5 mm, making a noticeable difference with the tunnel space, in particular), wheelbase (50mm), rear leg room (20mm) and shoulder space (9mm).
Hatch and wagon hold Karakuri one-touch folding rear seats, and hatch has a lift tonneau with door.
Materials and ergonomics are markedly superior, but while top-leather-wrapped models crave prestige, they don’t quite achieve it.
The three-spoke steering wheel, with all auxiliary functions within reach, accessible from the steering position is perfectly executed by scraping and adjusting the reach and (in top models) electric seats.
On the high-end versions, there will be climate control, engine start stop button with advanced keyless entry, eight-speaker Bose audio and possibly Bluetooth. There is no satnav for us, though.
More important, anti-lock braking system, Dynamic stability control, brake assist, electronic traction control, cruise control and full size spare parts are standard across the range.
Although it is lighter than the current model in its base form, the bulging of gears means the new 6 will have the same weight as the outgoing model.
That would be a step back if the new 2.5-liter, 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine was completely inefficient compared to the current 2.3 (a new diesel engine won’t be seen until the end of 2008). .
Combined cycle fuel use of 8.4 liters / 100km is predicted for Australian models, with a sprint time of 100km / h in over eight seconds.
The transmission is an ingenious and attractive six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with tipshift mode, almost single, won’t change until you desire. Luxury cars will have a steering wheel switch.
Driving a well-appointed convertible through the narrow mountain roads of the windy French Côte d’zur on Wednesday last week is to appreciate that Mazda has achieved a new high water column.
Pulling strongly from low revs, with all 226Nm reaching a speed of 4000 rpm, the new engine also works quite hard at the end, reaping elegantly at all times.
The engine’s sound is enjoyed more because effective road noise reduction even with low profile rubber wrapped around fashionable 18 inch alloys.
These shoes create a great attraction on the humid, winding roads of the Riviera inland.
Remarkable provocation is needed to wake up the DSC (which, even then, kicks in without abruptly), so you can completely forget the front wheels of 6 people driving and driving.
The new electric power steering is superb, with no artificial feel overrun of such units. Immediate response, the weight is beautiful linear, contributed entirely to the handling is really sporty but completely intuitive.
Price: $ 29,000 to $ 44,000 (estimated)
Engine: 2.5L / 4-cylinder gasoline, 125kW / 226Nm
Economy: 8.4L / 100km
Transmission: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic