2015 Mazda6 | new car review
It trumps its competitors on all counts; price, performance and features.
Would take a lot of convincing to stop people from buying a Toyota and opt for a Mazda instead.
It’s sharp, it’s striking, it’s fresh and it’s everything its competitors aren’t. With headlamps that house LED strips and integrates neatly into the five point grille, coupled with neat contours along the body and a chrome strip on the boot deck lid, the 2015 Mazda6 is a stunner! In a segment where competitors try to one-up each other with tweaks that almost go unnoticed, the Mazda6 is a gush of excitement.
Catered more for those who are after a slightly sportier sedan, the Mazda6 makes its sporting pretensions clear with red stitching along the door panels, paddle shifters behind the steering wheel and seats that try their level best to make you feel like a Japanese boy racer. In comparison to its rivals, the cabin is better made, looks like it belongs to the next century, and is most definitely more comfortable.
Following in the footsteps of luxury German automobile manufacturers who equip their vehicles with rotary knobs to control aspects of the infotainment system, the Mazda6 is fitted with a Commander Switch, which allows users to control the audio, navigation and Bluetooth, right from the centre console.
While the 2.0 litre engine puts out a decent 155 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque, the meatier 2.5 litre variant churns out 185 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. Though it won’t be winning any drag races any time soon, the 6 speed automatic transmission pushes power to the front wheels and allows the Japanese sedan to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in an impressive 8.5 seconds.
In terms of appearances, the Mazda6 is a lot more appealing than the Toyota Camry and the Nissan Altima, while it also trumps the duo by featuring technologies they haven’t thought about yet. In terms of performance, the scales tip once again towards the Mazda6 as it offers the most engaging drive of the bunch. It’s a clear winner, really.
|Specifications||2015 Mazda6 2.0L||2015 Mazda6 2.5L|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre / 4 cyl||2.5 litre / 4 cyl|
|Max Power |
|155 hp @ 6,000 RPM||185 hp @ 5,700 RPM|
|200 Nm @ 4,000 RPM||250 Nm @ 3,250 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||10.5 secs||8.5 secs|
|Top speed||210 km/h||220 km/h|
|Price||AED 78,000 - 91,000||AED 87,000 - 116,000|