Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Plush European Feel Combines with Japanese Quality; Vani Naidoo Can't Resist a Good Deal, and This Mid-Sizer Fits the Bill

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Plush European Feel Combines with Japanese Quality; Vani Naidoo Can't Resist a Good Deal, and This Mid-Sizer Fits the Bill

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VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Mazda6 Sedan Sport.

Details: Four-door, front-wheel drive medium sedan.

Transmission: Six-speed automatic.

Engine: 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC SV-T petrol generating maximum power of 138kW @ 5700rpm and peak torque of 250Nm @ 3250rpm.

Consumption: 6.6 litres/100km (combined average).

Bottom line: From $33,460.

I HAVE yet to meet anyone who doesn't love a bargain. There is a thrill in believing you have gotten more than you paid for, a satisfaction of sorts in thinking you have just hoodwinked the seller into a better deal.

The new Mazda6 sedan with its delightful curves and sleek lines, its performance-driven engine and innovative fuel-saving technologies delivers more than just a good ride. It delivers more value for money too, with European-type style and inclusions to complement a rich Japanese history.

Comfort

The interior of the Mazda6 is all about sweeping lines and curves without a boring bit in sight.

The dash is both practically laid out and nice to look at using well-loved features and modern touches in a comfortable fashion. The steering wheel and gear stick are wrapped in leather and feel nice in the hand with a generous use of soft materials throughout the cabin.

The seats of our entry-level Sport were covered in thick springy fabric which is soft to the touch but marks easily so is perhaps not the best choice if you have small children.

The seats themselves, as seems to be the case with Mazdas, could do with a bit more support and bolstering while the finicky manual adjustments made it difficult to find the ideal driving position.

On the road

Our test car, powered by a 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine mated to a six-speed auto transmission, delivered a smooth, comfortable drive with just enough of an edge to keep you interested. It is well-balanced and sturdy with suspension that adequately absorbs imperfections, the tuning obviously aided by a body that has increased in rigidity. …

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