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Mazda 6 2.0 Skyactive – G 6AT: A Head Turner With Style
June 27, 2013   
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This car has style and turns heads wherever it goes. At first glance, it actually looks like a prototype rather than a regular factory-made vehicle. On closer inspection though, nothing could be further from the truth.

The third-generation Mazda 6 caused a sensation at last September’s Moscow International Motor Show. Its appearance alluded to the Shinari concept car unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The new Mazda 6 is one of the most appealing mid-range cars available on the Polish market. Regardless of whether it is offered as a four-door sedan or a five-door station wagon, its solid body looks fantastic—not only because of its dynamic lines, but also thanks to details such as the shape of the headlights and the large grille.

The test-drive sedan had a streamlined body with an extremely low drag coefficient of cx = o.26. The 4,870-mm-long vehicle featured a trunk a bit shorter than in conventional sedans. The 483-liter trunk has a regular shape and is easy to arrange. The only weak point is the poor finish of the upper inside part of the trunk, which features bare metal and wiring. To compensate, the top edge of the trunk has two buttons for easy fold-down of the rear seats—to make the luggage compartment grow to a respectable 1,648 liters.

The interior is spacious as well. With a wheelbase of 2,830 mm, the passenger cabin comfortably seats five adults. The finishing materials are of a high standard too. Travel comfort is enhanced by extensive standard equipment that includes a full electric package, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, heated seats, an AUX /USB socket, a center-console multimedia system called the Human Machine Interface (HMI), an Audio/CD/MP3 system with six speakers and a CD changer for 6 CDs, an ISOFix system, an on-board computer, cruise control, rain sensors, front and rear parking sensors, and bi-xenon headlights. Safety features include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction control system (TCS), ABS anti-skid system with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and an emergency brake assist (EBA) system, in addition to active head restraints and a set of front, side and curtain airbags. All these come as standard for just over zl.100,000.

The dashboard is elegant and ergonomically laid out. The driver’s position behind the wheel is comfortable and the seat is well shaped. All the gauges and switches are within the driver’s sight and reach.

The test-drive unit was fitted with a 2-liter/165 hp Skyactive gasoline engine that aims to offer enhanced technical parameters combined with fuel economy. The engine copes well with the 1,330 kg car. It hits a maximum torque of 210Nm at 4,000 rpm, enabling the Mazda to accelerate from standstill to 100 kph in 10.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 209 kph.

The 6 liter/100 km average fuel consumption level promised by the manufacturer is difficult to achieve in normal use, especially as the responsive engine, efficient six-speed automatic transmission, direct steering and stiff suspension encourage dynamic driving... It is no wonder then that the average fuel consumption during the test-drive was 7.6l/100km.

Overall, the new Mazda 6 is one of the most exciting new cars out there. It has in fact set a new standard in the mid-range segment. Not only Japanese but also European competitors have to reckon with the combination of an attractive body with the brand’s signature solidity and reliability. Add to that the good handling and user friendliness as well as the long list of standard equipment and reasonable price tag—compared with those of the direct competition—and it is not surprising that the Mazda left other automakers apprehensive after it was unveiled. For customers, however, this competition is welcome news.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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