Mazda6 keeps up its looks
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.