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All-star motoring in Mazda 6

Five-star motoring. The Mazda 6 GSX Photos David Thomson

The new 6 diesel wagon secured a review when it was tested in pages a few weeks back in $60,795 Limited guise.

time with that the $49,795 GSX petrol sedan has come Drivesouth’s way.

does not differentiate between and sedan variants in its pricing, so the saving over the flagship limited is accounted for in two different firstly, there’s the $2200 that the 129kW/420Nm 2.2-litre commands over the 138kW/250Nm petrol across the Mazda 6 secondly, the GLX is shorn of what one presume to be $8800 of top-end

Even so, if one is happy to do without niceties as leather trim, heated front seats, cruise control, an emergency system that activates in to obstacles ahead, lane warning and adaptive bi-xenon the GLX is not short of appeal.

For starters, it still boasts a equipment list: satellite a six-speaker audio system Bluetooth connectivity, a colour touchscreen for the multimedia system, climate control, keyless push-button start, rain-sensing auto lights, conventional control, parking sensors, camera, front fog lamps and wheels are all included.

Whether the is a better looker than the is very much a matter of taste. My initial thinking was no, but a few days with the sedan I to warm to it as the more appealing of an cutting-edge, contemporary pair.

As for packaging, those seeking flexibility will find the a natural choice. That the sedan’s 438-litre boot is generous and practically shaped, Its rear seat-backs also forward, though not to provide the cavernous luggage capacity as the

Mind you, thanks to a little longer in the wheelbase, the outdoes the wagon in the rear of the with larger rear and appreciably more legroom.

driving experiences stem those two very different whereas the diesel is a muscular, loafer, the petrol needs to be hard to show its best. it is a responsive engine, with a sharper initial throttle than the diesel, and an ability to high into the rev range plenty of character and no loss of

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While the petrol engine snarl when worked it is refined when cruising, and combines with deft from the six-speed automatic to deliver impressive mechanical

Not surprisingly, the diesel has a clear edge. Even so, equipped as it is Mazda’s latest Skyactiv (including stop-start and regenerative the petrol 6 manages an economy of 6.6 litres/100km on the standard economy

With slightly different weight distributions and rear set-ups, the wagon and sedan a little differently, the latter balanced when hustled tight bends (albeit quite light steering). The also held the edge in quality, though this was down to its wheels and tyres: alloys and 225/55 tyres, than the 19-inch rims and tyres of the Limited.

Given that the Limited earned four and a-half in its test, all of this has the GSX sedan hard for a rare five-star test rating.

It earns final half-star, with the awkward admission that, awarded this version of the new 6 the score possible for a Drivesouth I have a sneaking suspicion the diesel GSX could be better

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