Mazda6 - an alternative

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The new Mazda6 introduced earlier this year competes in one of the most competitive segments of the Irish car market, that of the family saloon. Rivals include the superb Ford Mondeo, VW Passat, Toyota Avensis, and Honda Accord to name but a few.

The new Mazda6 introduced earlier this year competes in one of the most competitive segments of the Irish car market, that of the family saloon. Rivals include the superb Ford Mondeo, VW Passat, Toyota Avensis, and Honda Accord to name but a few.

This is a completely new car with Mazda’s new bold design theme called KODOS, “Soul of Motion” inspired by they say by the movement of animals in the wild. I will leave you to figure all that out!

The new Mazda6 is available with petrol and diesel engines in saloon and Tourer body styles but the 2.2 litre diesel is the one that will sell the most and that is the version I am testing this week.

Well it most certainly is one very sleek good-looking car. Many who commented on it said it looked distinctive and dynamic unlike many of its rather dull looking rivals.

So on the style side of things the new 6 seems to be a hit. The striking exterior is complimented by four new body colours – Soul Red Metallic – Blue Reflex Mica -

Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica.

The cabin is just about perfect. It looks great, very modern and well designed while reflecting the dynamic curves and contours of the exterior.

The instrument cluster has sporty overtones with aluminium look surrounds, a theme that is carried over to the steering wheel face and centre console and it all looks

very well. The fit and finish is beyond reproach with high quality materials evident throughout. It’s roomy too with ample room for up to five adults and a huge boot to swallow their luggage.

The Sport Model as I am testing here in both the Saloon and Tourer Models will be the core seller in Ireland with very generous levels of standard equipment including: 17” Alloy wheels, 5.8” touch screen multimedia audio system, reversing camera, climate control, cruise control and Bluetooth®, front and rear parking sensors and Smart City Brake Support.

The 2.2 litre turbo diesels are more eco friendly with lower emissions, better performance and yet lower fuel consumption. Power output is now 150 PS with an impressive 380Nm of torque. This Mazda6 performs very well and gobbles up rows of traffic with ease making for safe and rapid overtaking. The short change 6-speed gearbox is light and easy to use and takes rapid shifts easily adding to the sporting dynamics of the car. All diesel engines come with i-Eloop; Mazda’s clever new

regenerative braking system turning stored kinetic energy into electricity to power the vehicle’s electrical systems.

This car is a real cracker on a twisty country road. It has a perfect blend of comfortable ride, and yet quite sporting handling. Point the new 6 at a corner and it

will track your chosen line as though on rails, while the nicely weighted steering lets you know what the front wheels are doing and the powerful all-round discs provide reassuring stopping power. The new 2013 Mazda6 is a car that I can honestly say I would want to own. It looks very well, is beautifully put together, proves a rewarding drive, and satisfies passenger’s needs admirably. Pricing is very competitive with entry to the range starting at just €28,745 for the 2.0 G petrol. The diesel line up kicks off with the Sport which costs €31,795.