Mazda’s second model to feature its all-new SkyActiv Technology, the all-new Mazda6 has arrived across Ireland. It follows on from Mazda’s CX-5 which first debuted their SkyActiv Technology, which offers excellent economy, low emissions and a truly engaged driving experience. We thoroughly enjoyed driving the CX-5 and believe it will become a strong seller within its segment in the Irish market. You can read out review here, http://www.rev.ie/mazda-cx-5-3/
Like the CX-5 the Mazda6 rewards the driver with a competent chassis that provides feedback through the steering wheel. We test drove both the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions. The manual gearbox has a direct feel with a solid short gear shift. The automatic unit offers a more relaxing drive although its gear changes wouldn’t be as instant as some of its competitors, such as the Volkswagen Passat’s DSG transmission. Nonetheless it’s effortless to live with and for those who rack up the miles, it would be our preferred choice in the Mazda6.
The new Mazda6 features i-ELOOP, Mazada’s Intelligent Energy Loop. It’s a capacitor based regenerative braking system that stores the energy in a capacitor. This stored energy is then used to power the car’s electrics, these include the climate control and sound system etc. The system will also charge the vehicle’s battery when necessary, which means it can run stop/start or i-Stop more efficiently.
Spending time inside the Mazda6 is a pleasant, calming experience, the instrument layout is uncluttered with easy to view dials and switchgear. The quality of materials used has taken a notable step above its predecessor. The standard level of equipment offered on the entry-level Sport variant is generous, with a 5.8-inch touch screen multimedia audio system, 17” alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors and Smart City Brake Support all included.
The 2.2-litre SkyActiv diesel engine is a gem, and ideally suited to both the saloon and Tourer body styles. There’s sufficient power available, with 150hp and 380Nm of torque on offer, there is also a 175hp variant on offer. We found the 150hp unit to offer commendable performance and economy (4.2l/100km) for both city and motorway drives.
You don’t require glasses to notice the Mazda6’s charming looks, it’s an attractive proposition in both saloon and tourer guise. The front of the car has a low and wide posture, with large sculpted front wheel arches flowing into the side profile of the car. From any angle the Mazda6 boasts class-leading looks. Both offer the same performance with the tourer benefiting from additional space, with 1,664litres of load space available with the rear seats folded.
Mazda has certainly made waves with its Skyactiv Technology, this all-new Mazda6 is a car worthy of all its pre-launch hype. Our recommendation is to go to your local Mazda dealer and test drive it for yourself, prices commence from €28,745.
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