Sports star shines
Read our review of the Mazda6
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