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‘‘blast’’ down the track to just past Noonamah and couldn’t fault it at all.

Dur­ing the ex­tended test drive this week, I found my­self con­stantly com­par­ing it, not un­favourably I has­ten to add, to the Audi A4.

The same light re­spon­sive steer­ing and all the tech­no­log­i­cal wiz­ardry.

Given my drive car was the base model it is truly

as­ton­ish­ing to re­alise how many features this ve­hi­cle has as stan­dard, from the re­vers­ing cam­era, pad­dle shift gear con­trol, Sat Nav, Blue­tooth, Cruise Con­trol, ABS, Trac­tion Con­trol Sys­tem (TCS) and on and on it goes. I still find this in­cred­i­ble as I re­mem­ber when a CD player in a car was a real big deal (show­ing signs of myage here).

Warn­ing: ‘‘dry’’ tech­ni­cal info to fol­low — this ve­hi­cle also has Skyactiv Tech­nol­ogy and a ki­netic re­cov­ery sys­tem named, rather gawk­ily, i-Eloop which in­volves a ca­pac­i­tor that stores elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated when slow­ing down and brak­ing ex­tend­ing bat­tery life by us­ing this ex­tra en­ergy to power the air-con and au­dio— handy!

Find­ing a lo­ca­tion for the photo shoot was some­thing I ag­o­nised over for a good week but even­tu­ally found suc­cour in the words of a col­league who men­tioned in pass­ing that this is a car ‘‘that would look good any­where’’.

Mazda have well and truly hit the nail on the head with this one.

I’m not a big fan of the colour red for a car, but this was a gor­geous hue with a hint of ma­genta. Mazda call it Soul Red. Some­thing else worth men­tion­ing is that when th­ese ve­hi­cles make land­fall on the Aus­tralian con­ti­nent they are ac­tu­ally be­ing de­liv­ered di­rectly to the Port of Dar­win — how easy is that?

Three (sim­ple) words to sum­marise : Ooh la la

This ve­hi­cle is avail­able from Kerry Mazda on the Stu­art High­way, you can’t miss it, on the left-hand side when you’re in­bound, so call in there to see En­rico and his pro­fes­sional sales team and book this amaz­ing ve­hi­cle in for a test drive.

The knowl­edge­able staff there can pro­vide fur­ther de­tails on this most im­pres­sive car.

The ve­hi­cle I road tested is the Mazda 6 Sport 2.5 litre petrol sedan and is avail­able for as lit­tle as $37,000 drive away.

This strik­ing car is also avail­able as a 2.2 litre 16-valve DOHC in­ter­cooled turbo diesel (5.4/100km) and by all ac­counts, if the re­views are to be be­lieved, the Wagon ver­sion is also an ab­so­lute cracker (as one re­viewer put it).

Pic­tures: JUSTIN SAN­SON

The Mazda 6 is smooth, quiet and sleek around town and han­dles won­der­fully on the open road thanks to the easy to use cruise con­trol that lets you get real comfy

The Mazda6 is a car that would look good in any en­vi­ron­ment

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