2010 Mazda6 | new car review

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest 6 was introduced into the region at the end of 2008 and is ’s retort to the likes of the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Mondeo.

It’s offered in three different body styles – sedan, station wagon and a slighter larger sedan version on the high-end Ultra version. That model features a 3.7-litre V6 with 268bhp and turns the Mazda 6 into a rather fine road warrior indeed.

However, at the more sensible end of the Mazda 6 line-up lies a choice of 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre engines with 144bhp and 169bhp respectively. Both provide a decent performance, though if you’re looking for a sedan to take you up and around the region on a regular basis, the bigger engine might be the one to go for.

Like the smaller Mazda 3, the 6’s cabin is a rather dour affair, though the red lighting does lift the ambience somewhat. There is however, plenty of room in the back of the cabin – in the 6 Ultra especially – for three people to travel in comfortable surroundings.

But like many Mazdas, the best seat in the 6’s cabin is the driving seat. Here, you get a sense that the interior has been designed around the driver – much like it is in modern Audis. The steering wheel – complete with multifunction controls for the stereo, cruise control and such like – has a decent connection with the driven front wheels. It’s certainly more of a driver’s car than the alternatives from Japan.

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