Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving down under in December 2012, ladies and gentlemen I introduce to you the all new Mazda 6.

The new distinctive sleek European styling is brilliant and gets two thumbs up from the Car Verdict team. Mazda has done a great job in the styling department, the Mazda 6 looks a hell of alot more premium than previous models.

Even with it’s larger dimensions the Mazda 6 sedan still has a pert rear-end and a low, sleek appearance.

From the front the Mazda 6 sedan features a grinning 'V' shaped grille and a pair of sleek headlights that look menacing. Meanwhile, the sloping wheel arches flow nicely with the extended bonnet.

Side on, the Mazda 6 sedan features a rather low and sleek roofline that gels well with the compact rear-end.
Not so good More conservative types might be taken back by the raised front wheel arches and almost concept-car-like rear-end.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The soft touch plastics on the dash & doors and the cushy soft leather seats give the Mazda 6 a premium look and feel.

The quality of the cabin remains first class and rear seat legroom is quite impressive too.

Carting luggage around is made easy by the 438-litre boot, however boot space is down 81-litres from the previous model.

Mazda 6 Sport models feature a six speaker sound system with CD player, Bluetooth audio connectivity, AUX and USB input. Mazda 6 Touring, GT and Atenza models get the ear banging premium Bose sound system that features 11 speakers, 231 watt amplifier, CD player, Bluetooth audio connectivity, AUX and USB input.
Not so good The model we had featured cream and black leather trim with red stitching, this combination worked for the most part, but it is quite a contrast between light and dark colours.
Performance

Performance

Good The Mazda 6 range comes with the choice of two engines, one petrol and one diesel.

First up is a 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol that manages 138kW of power and 250Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Next up is a 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbocharged diesel. The 2.2-litre diesel produces 129kW of power and 420Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Both powerplants feature Mazda's SKYACTIVE technology with i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration and i-stop idle-stop/start system. With the editions of these technologies fuel economy is quite impressive at 6.6-litres per 100kms (official combined) for petrol and 5.4-litres per 100kms (official combined).

We had the pleasure of driving the 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel matched to the 6-speed automatic transmission, and the verdict? Awesome! The diesel has plenty of low to mid range torque that makes cruising along a breeze, the diesel is also pretty quiet, there is minimal engine vibration present.
Not so good Our only gripe is that Mazda has dropped the manual transmission from it's line up, a small few still enjoy selecting their own gears.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The Mazda 6 has excellent steering feel; it’s nicely weighted and offers an unfiltered connection to what’s happening between your front wheels and the road. However, it feels as though this new model isn't as sharp as its predecessor. For such a relatively large Sedan (and a family one at that) the handling on offer is truly first class – this car really loves to be driven. The double-wishbone front suspension has been replaced by a lighter and more rigid MacPherson strut setup, with an independent multi-link set-up handling the rear.
Not so good At the expense of the superb handling comes ride quality – the Mazda 6 is one of the firmest riding cars in its segment. It’s never terribly harsh, but rather, the 6 notices all the differing road surfaces and tells you about them.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Overall, the new Mazda 6 looks fantastic, it's also packed with standard features. Fit and finish is also top notch and the diesel engine is a refined gem. The mix of SKYACTIVE engines and lightweight chassis, plus fuel saving technologies the Mazda 6 sedan is better than ever before. If you're not sold on looks alone, just wait till you drive it.
Not so good The Mazda 6 does command a little bit of a premium over its competitors, but it does look super sexy and sleek.