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Mazda 6 Review
The 2013 Mazda 6 is a groundbreaking large family car that is packed full of technical innovation which sets new standards in the class. It breaks boundaries in terms of economy and performance, intelligent design and space efficiency, and carries a huge amount of ‘industry first’ technology that throws down the gauntlet to rivals.
Offered as a stylish saloon or sporting Tourer estate, the Mazda6 showcases the latest Kodo design that’s come straight from the Geneva and Paris motor show stands into T W White & Sons’ showrooms in Bookham, Surrey or Orpington, Kent. With sportscar-like lines and a rakish appearance, the Mazda6 is one of the most striking cars in its sector.
Mazda has even created two bespoke paint colours for the new Mazda 6, which best showcase the crisp lines. Soul Red has two different base coats for unparalleled depth while Blue Reflex uses special reflective pigment to produce greater differences between light and dark areas.
A high-quality cabin offers a driver-pleasing environment and Mazda has taken plenty of cues from the sporty MX-5 roadster in its design. The firm hasn’t forgotten passengers either, for rear legroom is exceptional and boot space in both saloon and Tourer is vast. All models are very well equipped, and Mazda’s built-in full-colour sat nav is available on all variants.
Mazda’s cutting-edge SKYACTIV engines are used in the new Mazda 6. The 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine is offered in 145hp and 165hp guise and both engines deliver exceptional economy and emissions.
The 145hp unit averages an incredible 51.3mpg and emit just 129g/km of CO2 – combined with the car’s great value list prices, this means ultra-low company car Benefit In Kind rates. The 165hp unit, meanwhile, is fitted to the racy Mazda 6 Sport.
Two boundary-pushing SKYACTIV-D diesels are fitted to the new Mazda 6. These engines are exceptionally refined and amazingly economical. The 150hp version averages 68.9mpg and emits just 108g/km CO2. That’s better than anything else in this class of car – by far. The powerful 175hp version can average nearly 63mpg too.
Both petrol and diesel engines are available with Mazda’s SKYACTIV manual and automatic transmissions, and the diesels come with i-ELOOP. This is an advanced new charging system that cuts consumption by 10%. As for handling, the Mazda 6 again shows off the MX-5 family lineage yet the ride quality doesn’t suffer as a result: this is a great long-distance cruiser.
Safety is another area the Mazda 6 is a front-runner. The SKYACTIV body has been designed from the ground up with strength and rigidity in mind, meaning it protects passengers well in the event of an accident. A series of new active safety technologies help avoid them in the first place too, from radar cruise control to adaptive front lighting.
The Mazda 6 is a new star of the large family car sector and is already being tipped as a top-ranking business express. Find out more about what this high-tech but great value car can offer at T W White & Sons’ showrooms today.