Drive­way How far do you want to travel?

Fremantle Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

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.

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