2012 Mazda6 | new car review

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 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 Taurus.

The Mazda 6 line-up has 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. However, a V6 motor is left out for this region.

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.

Standard safety features include dual front airbags, ABS and electronic brake force distribution.

Specifications

Price: AED 75,000 – AED 100,000

Engines

2-litre
Max power:
144bhp
Max torque: 169bhp

Transmission

5-speed automatic

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