There are three engine choices for the recently upgraded Mazda6 as well as a choice between sedan and wagon.
The SkyActiv-G 2.5T turbo petrol is the “performance” model in the line-up offering up to 183kW of power (on 98) and 420Nm that, combined, make this stunning looker a goer.
The engine is only available in the two top models, GT and Atenza.
It is also fitted to the new Mazda CX-9 and utilises a clever exhaust system with a variable outlet shape and size to boost efficiency. They did some work on the intake side too.
Then there’s the styling – striking is the best way to put it, arguably the best looking affordable medium- size car on the market.
The shark face stands out in a crowd accentuated this time around by a honeycomb grille and new, LED headlights along with other styling changes to the bumper, bonnet, rear bumper and lights.
Though easily identified as a Mazda6, the new model looks a lot like a Jag especially around the frontal area.
It looks lower (but isn’t) and rolls on big 19-inch alloys. The arcing coupe style roofline remains along with a coke bottle side profile. Kodo design exemplified.
This is where Mazda has it over the competition because the 6 interior is a class above. It looks like a Lexus inside in terms of style, materials and finish.
There’s the standard Mazda centre screen with MZD Connect through a rolling app display followed by a rounded dash with the instrument pod sitting on top.
Love the wheel and the selective use of bright alloy on the dash and throughout the interior.
It’s a five seater with generous seating for all occupants and a large load space down the back that can be optimised by flat folding rear seats.
The tones inside our test GT wagon were dark grey on black… not my preference but it looks good and is comfortable and practical.
Numerous tweaks to the interior have flowed into the 6 from this mid-life revamp.
Bose audio… woohoo.
As this is the penultimate Mazda6 it doesn’t miss out on much – that you’d want anyway.
Apart from the full suite of advanced driver assist features, the GT wagon ticks most luxury boxes with features like:
- Paddle shift
- Radar cruise
- Leather upholstery
- Bose audio
- Traffic sign recognition
- Drive select
- Dual zone climate control
- Roof rails
- Heated seats front and rear
Drive and Engine
Power comes from a 2.5-litre, direct injection, turbo petrol four cylinder with 170kW and 420Nm on regular 91 octane fuel. Put in 98 and the power figure goes up to 183kW.
Surprisingly good fuel economy can be had from the GT with the claimed 7.6 litres/100km achieved on test in mixed driving.
Dynamic revisions with the update sees the Mazda6 GT wagon deliver a controlled supple ride but multiple drive modes will sharpen it up a tad.
They addressed noise levels too and stiffed the chassis for a more connected drive feel. Even though the engine gets up and boogies, it’s not really a sports sedan with more of an emphasis on comfort to the dynamics.
It’s a front wheel drive and the six speed auto provides paddle shift.
On the road, the Mazda6 GT has a luxury feel with strong, easily accessible performance and no hesitation when you plant the right foot.
Five stars all the way. All variants of the new 6 get the full suite of advanced driver assist features called ActivSense in Mazda speak.
You get autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise with stop and go, blind spot monitor and lane keeping assist to name a few.
A reverse camera is standard across the range too but the feature I really like is the traffic sign recognition that taps you on the shoulder if you’re over the posted speed limit. Oh, and the camera warning.
- Punchy engine performance
- Smooth six speed auto
- Comfortable dynamics
- Revised styling
- Generous standard equipment
- Safety features
- MZD connect system’
- Bose audio
- Surprisingly good economy for a turbo car
Not So Good Bits
- Space saver spare
- Grey/black interior (personal preference)
- Engine noise under full throttle applications
- Resets to “nanna” mode after switch off
Unfortunately sales of this type of vehicle are in serious decline. Such a pity in our SUV driven market as the Mazda6 GT wagon ticks plenty of boxes for the typical Aussie family.
If you shy away from a boxy SUV and want a car that oozes luxury and style, check out this GT wagon.
Facts and Figures: 2018 Mazda6 GT wagon
- Engine: 2.5L four-cylinder turbo petrol producing 170kW/420Nm (183kW on 98 fuel)
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- Warranty: 5 years/ unlimited km
- Safety: Five stars
- Origin: Japan
- Price: from $45,290