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The 6 has lost its edge but it will gain friends
adds $2850 and can be had from the Touring model up. All cars come with a reversing camera, satnav, cruise control, Bluetooth and dual-zone climate control.
A lighter, stronger chassis is matched to the SkyActiv engines for a 15 per cent cut in fuel use, despite the car’s extra size. The petrol uses a classtopping 6.6L/100km, assisted by a responsive stop-start setup and the i-Eloop braking regeneration system that helps power the ancillaries.
The SkyActive engine cranks out 138kW/250Nm and uses a high 13:1 compression ratio to help achieve the fuel savings. Conversely the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel uses a low 14:1 compression ratio to generate 129kW/420Nm.
Styling wise, the Mazda6 has grown up. There are now two distinct character lines on the side: a downward sloping arc from the front wheel and a rising line through the doors.