Driveway How far do you want to travel?
THE Mazda6 Touring grade represents the second tier of four, and standard gear includes LED lights all-round, powered front seats with leather trim, 11-speaker Bose audio, auto-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, eight-inch infotainment screen with satnav, digital radio and head-up display.
The price for the naturally aspirated petrol is $36,690 against $39,990 for the diesel, plus-on road costs. The wagon adds $1300. Buying the diesel over petrol is purely a case of knowing how you’re going to drive the Mazda6.
The oil-burner is the pick for anyone covering decent distances, especially on freeways and country roads.
That’s down to a combination of frugal fuel use and great mid-range response from the 2.2-litre turbo.
With 450Nm on tap from 2000rpm, it is more than a match for the petrol when overtaking and lags only slightly in instant acceleration from rest.
The claimed 5.3L/100km is probably achievable; we returned 6.2L.
A diesel Mazda6 is $3000 dearer than the naturally aspirated petrol variants.
On our reckoning, it should use about 2L less fuel every 100km than the base petrol.
At an average $1.50 a litre, you’ll be saving $3 every 100 clicks, equating to 90,000km before you’re recovered the difference in purchase price.
The closest comparison in terms of performance and price is the $1100 difference between the turbo petrol and the diesel.
Diesel owners will need to travel about 29,300km for price parity, given the turbo petrol will use about 2.5L/100km more fuel.
Intervals are 12 months/10,000km and the first four capped price visits are $1288 for the naturally aspirated petrol engine (which can only be had in the entry Sport and step-up Touring variants) against $1306 for the turbo petrol (GT and top-spec Atenza versions) and $1389 for the diesel (Touring, GT and Atenza).
In the diesel’s favour is the fact history says oilburners should outlast their petrol equivalents, so again it comes down to how far you travel and how long you plan to keep the Mazda6.
This version of the Mazda6 is a seriously big overhaul, especially in the cabin. Despite that it still rides on the same platform ANCAP rated as a five-star vehicle when it was tested in 2013, earning a score of 35.44/37.
This iteration has a full active safety package on all versions, including autonomous emergency braking up to 80km/h, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition.
The Mazda6 Touring.