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Fresh styling and the addition of an array of new safety and convenience features should keep the Mazda6 ahead of the pack.

08 Jul 2015

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If there ever was such a spectrum as fun versus practicality for mainstream automobile brands, Mazda traditionally lay somewhere towards the former - prioritising fun over practicality while still offering enough of the latter to avoid complete uncertainty.

Introduced in 2013, the Mazda6 has recently been given some light revisions that keep it fresh in the face of rivals such as the Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry and the upcoming Volkswagen Passat.

Will the facelifted Mazda6 carry on the lineage?

Interior fit and finish is class-leading

Up close and Personal


Inspired by the Japanese carmaker's 'KODO: Soul Of Motion' design philosophy, the Mazda6 is a work of art and this facelift plays to the car's strength.

A subtly restyled grille with signature chrome wing design build on the already sleek look, with new LED headlamps and added daytime running lights.

These additions combine with swooping front wings, an arching roofline and a high-set tail end give the car a dynamic look that helps it stand out among the rest.


While the car looks much the same from the outside, the interior has been overhauled to become more upmarket than before.

A conventional stereo display with knobs and buttons has made way for a tablet-like 7.0-inch touchscreen that sits up high and takes its pride of place on a sleeker dashboard now clad in leather.

This said screen houses the same MZD Connect multimedia system seen in the Mazda2 and Mazda3, and is user-friendly for drivers with its easily accessed functions and bright, clear graphics.

The driving position is almost spot-on, but shorter drivers like this writer here will need to adjust the seat height to get a full view of another new feature - a head-up display.

New rear sunshade keeps rear occupants cool
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC SkyActiv-G

Engine Cap

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2488cc

Horsepower

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141kW (189 bhp) / 5700 rpm

Torque

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256 Nm / 3250 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A) SKYACTIV-DRIVE

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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8.2sec

Top Speed

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221km/h

Fuel consumption

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15.4 km/L

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