Mazda Mazda6 Diesel 2013: Road Test

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Mazda Mazda6

Diesel Road Test

We take the diesel wagon for a five-day with a twist – across from Brisbane to Perth

Mazda6 Atenza SKYACTIV-D

Very Long Road

Price Guide (recommended before statutory delivery $50,960

Options fitted to car (not included in above Carpet Floor Mats

Crash rating: Five-star

Fuel: Diesel

Claimed economy (L/100km): 5.4

CO2 emissions 141

A sporty-looking Mazda6 wagon white leather seats and big wheels is probably not the first car I have chosen for a 4500km drive.

Traditionally a Holden or a Ford Falcon would been the go-to wagons to Australia, from Brisbane in the to Perth in the west. But in hindsight impressed at how easily and comfortably the car made the journey.

Of the locals I met the way, all of them seemed to the car’s sleek design

Geoff from Cocklebiddy in Australia even saw a couple of refuel a VF Commodore, and didn’t telling me which he preferred.

one’s better than new Commodore. No offence, but it is. I quite it, said Geoff of the Mazda6

I filled the car with 311 litres of costing just over in the five days it took to Australia, and ended up with an fuel consumption figure of

While that fuel figure is almost a litre and a more than the claimed it was interesting to see the car’s instant consumption of 4.5L/100km at 95km/h at 6.3L/100km once the speedo hovered over 110km/h.

for the 1593kg wagon is provided by a turbo-diesel ‘SKYACTIV’ engine pumps out a healthy 129kW/420Nm. enough poke to accelerate the car zero to 100km/h in 8.4 seconds, but the engine really shone was speed roll-on acceleration. Ceduna and Perth, long B-triple road-trains were purposefully by the Japanese wagon’s mid-range torque, and unlike diesels it doesn’t run out of puff at revs, either.

Throttle response was sharp and the turbo-intercooled engine’s power is best-described as smooth and strong. The qualm I had was the clatter that on. It’s not loud, but the agricultural acoustics were audible at other than cruising

The six-speed automatic gearbox missed a beat, and even in was quick to shift to a lower when overtaking countless nomads and their mobile As such I never had the need to use the override option.

Being a donk, the engine also a few fuel-saving tricks, such as the (idle stop-start) system cuts the engine when the car is It proved to be a smooth and unobtrusive in Brisbane and Perth, but didn’t effect for much of the test.

The is also fitted with the system. It comprises a small that can rapidly charge regenerative braking) and discharge power to run the climate control and the Mazda reckons it can reduce consumption by up to 10 per cent.

Being the top-grade variant, the Atenza wagon also a number of high-tech doodads wouldn’t be out of a place on a high-end luxury car, including cruise control, lane warning and automatic high headlights. Heated seats also a godsend in the pre-dawn

Radar-cruise control came in when taking hands-free phone calls to keep a distance behind the vehicle in though on day four it became by bug-splat. Solution: A quick of the Mazda badge and it was good to go.

The departure warning system proved handy on monotonous of road – as did a few cans of cola – as Australia’s longest stretch of road. Between Balladonia and on the Nullarbor plain is a 146km (90 stretch of road, the car transmitting a rumble through the steering to let you know you’re meandering.

Night driving was another occurrence and initially a little The first night was a kangaroo run of sorts into Bourke; the low were adequate but the high were good, illuminating far and and showing up the telltale eyes of (and a few bunnies).

The automatic system worked well for the part too, flicking to low beam whenever it detected coming the other way – and much than I ever could. It was by roadside markings on several but only ever briefly.

On the few that the kangas leapt the road, the Mazda6 was more up to the task, the disc brakes the car swiftly and forcefully. Only was a swerve around a late incursion required, but the red wagon avoided the marsupial thanks to an suspension setup that sharp handling and sure-footedness.

chassis boffins have a slap-up job of making the ‘6’ a but decisive steer, and on the sweeping into Broken Hill across the NSW border towards Pirie, the car was a lot of fun to punt hard. It into corners eagerly and the big alloy wheels with profile tyres provided grip, and the electric power was well-weighted in my opinion.

At the same time, it was decent on surfaces too. Heading the sand dunes near in West Oz, the car barrelled along dirt roads at close to without becoming twitchy or As it happens, the stability control and brakes also work well.

Ride quality was good for a vehicle with engaging chassis dynamics, and levels in the cabin were The stereo was a thumper with clarity, and devices are easily via USB cable or Bluetooth.

Mazda the Audi A4 when developing car, and everything from the position, to the seat cushioning and layout is top-notch.

Considering I sat in the seat for around 13 hours a as the solo driver, I’m at how little damage was done to my The only soreness I had was my right after fat-arming it for a week.

After five long in the saddle, it’s hard to fault with the Mazda6 It wasn’t as efficient as I’d there was some tyre on coarse chip roads and space of 451 litres is almost 70 less than its predecessor. But are certainly not deal breaking

Ultimately the trip was a relaxed There were no flat no marsupial collisions, not even a rump to speak of during the kilometre drive. Just leisurely sailing from to coast.

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