Mazda6 keeps up its looks

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MO­TOR­ING, DAVID LINKLATER

The days when main­stream car­mak­ers kept the best new tech­nol­ogy and fea­tures for top-line mod­els and then let them fil­ter down to lesser cars over time are long gone.

The pace of de­vel­op­ment and com­pe­ti­tion across the in­dus­try mean that as soon as cool new stuff is ready, it’s in­tro­duced on what­ever the new­est model is. Even if it’s a hum­ble fam­ily hatch­back.

In that con­text, the Mazda6 has man­aged to hold sta­tion re­mark­ably well. Re­mem­ber, it’s still the flag­ship of the brand’s pas­sen­ger- car range; the only Mazda in NZ that’s more ex­pen­sive is the CX-9 SUV, which tops out at $62,995 com­pared with $58,245 for the pin­na­cle-6.

Quick re­cap: the 6 was the sec­ond Mazda to em­brace the brand’s new-gen­er­a­tion styling and SkyActiv tech­nol­ogy (the CX-5 was the first, in 2012) and even got a much-needed in­te­rior re­design as part of a 2015-up­date.

The car you see here is a Lim­ited sedan with the 2.5-litre petrol en­gine, which costs $55,995. The most ex­pen­sive model is the Lim­ited wagon with the 2.2-litre tur­bod­iesel. In­deed, if you want top Lim­ited spec­i­fi­ca­tion with petrol power you have to go for the four­door, be­cause that combo isn’t of­fered in the wagon.

Think of the lat­est Mazda6 up­date not as a facelift (it looks the same and prices are un­changed) but as a 2016-tweak. There’s been some worth­while tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment added, although none makes its de­but in the Mazda6. See above.

Most of the me­chan­i­cal changes are aimed at mak­ing the Mazda6 a smoother, qui­eter drive. In its early life this gen­er­a­tion leaned to­wards sporti­ness at the ex­pense of ride and and re­fine­ment. This model re­mains one of the most driver-fo­cused mod­els.

Lim­ited-petrol com­bi­na­tion comes only in sedan form. The top-spec Mazda6 wagon is a diesel.

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