Stockport Express

Mazda’s 6 plus 2 add up to great new models...


WITH great styling (shades of Lexus and Jaguar) one of the best-looking mediumsize­d motors to come out in 2015 is this week’s first test car – the Mazda 6.

It went on sale in February and I predict we will be seeing a lot on our roads as the 6 offers a lot of style and equipment from just £19,795 on-the-road.

Featuring improved standard spec throughout the range, top of the list of new attraction­s for 2015 are DAB radio, a seven-inch colour touch-screen ‘Multimedia Commander’ with integrated navigation plus new technologi­cally-enhanced features including adaptive LED headlights, lane assist and driver attention alert, blind spot monitoring with rear cross- traffic alert and ‘Smart City Brake Support’.

Mazda say standard equipment levels across the entire range have been improved plus there’s ‘enhanced’ interior and exterior design, improved functional­ity and better ride, comfort and quietness.

There are now five grades - SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav – with a choice of nine diesel and seven petrol saloon variants and nine diesel and three petrol tourer versions, equipped with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissi­ons. Eight body colours are available.

All models now include Mazda’s first electronic parking brake, that new seven-inch, full- colour central touch-screen with DAB radio – another first for Mazda – and MZD Connect which, paired with a smartphone, makes for easier internet connectivi­ty and access to social networking services.

Top-of-the-range Sport Nav models (our test car) benefit from new exterior features including a re-styled front – new grille and signature wing design incorporat­ing powerful LED headlights amd daytime running lights, LED front fog lights and new 19-inch bright alloy wheels.

On board, a six-way power adjustable front passenger seat, a new head-up display (which projects speed and sat-nav informatio­n onto a small glass screen which rises up ahead of the driver as you start up) a rear reversing camera and an ‘ Integrated Navigation’ system complete the Sport Nav model’s enhanced standard equipment specificat­ion.

All models get a new dashboard layout and there’s keyless entry and start.

Our test car was the 2.2 diesel with a superb six-speed auto box (Mazda do great automatics) and it proved idea for the task of getting me to Heathrow Airport in a relaxed mood and in time to catch a long-haul flight to test Jeep Cherokees in the Utah desert.

Particular­ly so as the 6’s 2.2D has 175bhp on tap, which means a 0-62 time of 8.4 seconds and 134mph top speed – not that I needed it. Also handy was the fact that mpg figures for the 6 diesel are almost 60 on the combined cycle – which meant no stopping for fuel and the 62- litre tank was still a quarter full after the 400-mile plus round trip

Other ticks in the box for the 6 saloon are a huge boot and loads of rear legroom... and our test car came with particular­ly classy two-tone cream and black leather upholstery.

The only negative I could find was that, as with a number of Japanese-made cars, the sat nav is still not completely postcode friendly – but that is just a minor niggle in an otherwise totally excellent long-distance cruiser.

I have always thought previous Mazda 6 models were underrated, but I suspect that will not be the case with this latest version.

The range starts at £ 19,795 for the 2.0- litre petrol SE up to £27,995 for our top-of-the-range 2.2D 175ps Sport Nav Auto test car, which also had optional pearlescen­t paint and upgraded leather trim taking the total on-the-road cost to £ 28,735.

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