Mazda6 wagon

I like big boots and I can­not lie, you other broth­ers can’t deny…

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Yes, I know, it’s prob­a­bly one of the worst open­ing lines ever and it’s been overused, but I mean re­ally, when you first set eyes on the Mazda6 wagon, that’s go­ing to be the first thought that pops into your head. Some mo­tor­ing writ­ers are im­pressed with han­dling, some with power and torque out­puts, some with Ital­ian styling cues or any num­ber of other per­sonal pref­er­ences. Me, I love wag­ons – big ones. I think it might have to do with the prac­ti­cal­ity com­bined with their com­par­a­tive rareness. Ever since the big Aus­tralian auto in­dus­try col­lapse, it seems big wag­ons are just not the thing th­ese days, and that’s what kinda makes them my thing. So when I heard Mazda had de­vel­oped the next gen­er­a­tion Mazda6 with a wagon vari­ant, I was on the phone to Mazda re­quest­ing one at a speed that makes Jack Reacher’s ar­rival on a crime scene look pokey and slow. Nor was I dis­ap­pointed when it came time to col­lect. Make no mis­take, the Mazda6 wagon is no halfway mea­sure. This is a big wagon, but in typ­i­cal Mazda fash­ion, the Kodo de­sign lan­guage means it is glo­ri­ously sexy in its styling. See, the Mazda6 has al­ways held that as­pect of its build high – it’s a damn fine look­ing car and its wear­ing its fig­ure well after darn near a decade – I’d ar­gue it looks bet­ter now than it did then. For all that I’m a fan of the Mazda6 sedan the wagon is so bril­liantly bal­anced vis­ually in my eyes, it would be my go-to ev­ery time – al­most. If Mazda would pro­duce a Takami ver­sion, there’d be no doubt in my mind. As it is, there are two GSX ver­sions and one Lim­ited, which is the one you see here. The rea­son for two GSX’S? One has the 2.5 litre turbo petrol. The Lim­ited and one of the GSX’S runs a 2.2-litre, tur­bocharged and in­ter­cooled SKY­AC­TIV-D diesel, which is the en­gine I’d be pick­ing. Quiet, smooth, re­fined and loaded with torque – 450Nm of it from 2000rpm in fact. Like the sedan, the wagon fea­tures a stun­ning ar­ray of tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing Mazda’s i-eloop re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing sys­tem. This cap­tures ki­netic en­ergy from the wheels, stores the en­ergy and al­lows other sys­tems to use it later, equat­ing to an up to 10 per­cent fuel ef­fi­ciency sav­ing. Nat­u­rally, the Mazda6 wagon fea­tures the largest part of the fea­tures of its four-door cousin in­clud­ing the all-en­com­pass­ing I-AC­TIVSENSE safety um­brella, but in ad­di­tion of­fers up 502 litres of cargo car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity which can be stretched to 1648 litres with the rear seats down. And since we’re talk­ing fig­ures, Mazda re­ports a 5.3 litres per 100km fuel fig­ure, which puts it’s fuel econ­omy on a par with a medium-sized hy­brid for an ev­ery­day driver. Of the two games in town when it comes to large wag­ons, with the Mazda be­ing the only diesel-pow­ered one, Mazda could pro­duce a car that was the au­to­mo­tive equiv­a­lent of a brown paper bag and still im­press, but to have a wagon that looks this good and does what its sup­posed to, you gotta give Mazda credit for re­spect­ing its prospec­tive cus­tomers, and not tak­ing short­cuts. The over­all feel of the Mazda6 wagon is that it was built – with typ­i­cal Mazda pre­ci­sion and at­ten­tion to de­tail – to be ex­actly as you see it. It’s what made the Mazda6 great the first time round, and it’s only got­ten bet­ter.

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