Sports star shines

Read our re­view of the Mazda6

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By MEGAN PALIN

I AM be­com­ing sus­pi­cious of car deal­er­ships in Dar­win.

It ap­pears some may have no­ticed that I am a fan of sporty, stylish cars.

You can’t pull the wool over this sheep’s eyes.

So when handed the keys to a Mazda6 lux­ury sports car this week I felt my sus­pi­cions were con­firmed.

And with that came a mix of ex­cite­ment and dis­ap­point­ment.

The ex­cite­ment was im­me­di­ate be­cause the ve­hi­cle oozes style, el­e­gance and sub­stance.

The ex­te­rior styling is dis­creet while the in­te­rior pro­vides lux­ury in mounds.

The dis­ap­point­ment was min­i­mal, im­per­sonal and merely a re­sult of not hav­ing a rad­i­cal car to test drive and write about.

But I got over that in 16 sec­onds and jumped into the driver’s seat full of hopes and dreams.

Once po­si­tioned in the

There’s a lot to like about cars such as the Mazda6 lux­ury sports, es­pe­cially when you con­sider the bal­ance of size, prac­ti­cal­ity, econ­omy and style

car, I slid open the sun­roof and al­lowed the light to shine over the rich sur­round­ing of leather, but­tons and fea­tures.

I was won over by the leather gear shift, steer­ing wheel and seats, cli­mate­con­trolled air-con­di­tion­ing, hands-free ca­pa­ble Blue­tooth, alu­minium ped­als and footrest, nu­mer­ous cup-hold­ers and the front-door cour­tesy lamps.

Bonus points were awarded for the il­lu­mi­nated van­ity mir­rors which as­sisted with keep­ing the lip­stick away from my chin and on my lips.

The steer­ing wheel is ad­e­quate in size and makes ma­noeu­ver­ing the ve­hi­cle sim­ple.

The air vents are sim­plis­tic in shap­ing and easy to use.

The dark in­te­rior with re­flec­tive high­lights in­di­cate that the ve­hi­cle car­ries a fo­cus on qual­ity and de­sign.

But it didn’t take long for my fo­cus to be di­verted from the lav­ish dis­plays and de­sign to the ‘‘not-bot­tom-friendly’’ seat.

Al­though the leather seats look spec­tac­u­lar, some ad­di­tional cush­ion­ing would pro­vide a far more pleas­ant cruis­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. As would a pair of padded un­der­pants.

The car comes with a 2.5-litre, four-cylin­der en­gine with Ac­tive­matic trans­mis­sion and boasts 125kW at 6000rpm.

Safety fea­tures in­clude ABS Brakes with EBD (Elec­tronic Brake Dis­tri­bu­tion), front SRS Airbags, side SRS Airbags, cur­tain SRS Airbags (front and rear), en­gine im­mo­biliser, and front and rear park­ing sen­sors.

With so many peo­ple seek­ing smaller cars, the medium-sized ones are of­ten over­looked.

But there’s a lot to like about cars like the Mazda6 lux­ury sports, es­pe­cially when you con­sider the bal­ance of size, prac­ti­cal­ity, econ­omy and style.

For many peo­ple a medium-sized car is a great al­ter­na­tive to a large car.

Great han­dling is also a card that the Mazda 6 hides up its sleeve. It sticks to the road ex­tremely well and glides around the cor­ners with con­vic­tion.

Over­all, the Mazda6 lux­ury sports car is all that is prom­ises to be; lux­u­ri­ous and sporty. And that is no co­in­ci­dence.

Pic­tures: AMY BRA­BIN

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