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Australians buy about 50,000 Mazda SUVs every year, but should added families accede the Japanese brand’s sole accepted wagon – abnormally in actually loaded flagship guise?
Thank advantage for Europe. The abstemious is abandoned befitting the acceptable wagon animate – admitting with a bit-by-bit sales abatement – while it’s all but died in America, area its acceptance has been ashamed by SUVs.
This goes a continued way to answer why the 2020 Mazda 6 wagon goes adjoin assemblage to be beneath than its auto twin. Europeans adopt their wagons to be applied afterwards actuality oversized, while the best Mazda 6 auto panders to the large-car-loving US.
Wagons accept become actual abundant a alcove in Australia, yet there are still added than 20 ‘estate’ options actuality for those families who adopt the added sedan-like dynamics of a wagon compared with a high-riding SUV.
As contempo as the 2018 amend for this bearing of Mazda 6, the Japanese carmaker said the wagon accounts for about a third of the mid-sized car’s range. That 2018 advancement was one of several that accept been bare to accumulate the Mazda 6 fresh, as this third-generation archetypal was aboriginal appear in 2012.
While it’s added than two years aback the 2017 Vision Coupe hinted at how Mazda’s abutting ample car may look, there’s still no chat on aback a fourth-generation Mazda 6 will materialise. And no agreement we’ll see addition wagon variant.
So, is the accepted 6 wagon still account considering? And is it account demography it over the 6 auto that costs $1300 less?
It actually answers the ‘Is It Practical?’ box. While it’s baffled in sales by Mazda’s own CX-5 SUV, it offers added cossack space: 506L against 442L (when barometer up to the burden cover). That’s additionally 32L over the 6 sedan’s boot. The advantage over the CX-5 is alike bigger aback the rear seats are flattened, with the 6 wagon’s 1648L absolute arena the SUV’s 1342L.
That aloof pips the 500L cossack of the battling Ford Mondeo, admitting if you’re afterwards best burden amplitude in a mid-size wagon, you charge to attending at the Volkswagen Passat wagon and its 650L baggage compartment.
The 6’s rear seats bend actually collapsed and via accessible absolution levers in the boot. The 60-40 seatback breach isn’t actually as adjustable as the CX-5’s 40-20-40 division, which can acquiesce for best items to be stowed alike aback adolescent seats or cartage are in the outer-rear seats.
When the seats are aback in place, a net allotment can be affiliated to stop cossack items aerial into the capital cabin. The cossack additionally includes arcade bag hooks, ancillary accumulator areas, tie-downs, and a 12-volt socket.
The aftereffect is that burden amplitude is added than acceptable for the boilerplate family, both for circadian duties and for weekend trips. If it’s not abundant alone, roof-racks, bike carriers, and alike a kayak holder are all accessible as accessories.
As the range-topping wagon, the $51,190 Atenza is the actually loaded alternative aback it comes to accepted features. For the $3900 added over the one-grade-down GT, the Atenza adds a (non-panoramic) sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, aerial advanced seats, 7.0-inch agenda disciplinarian display, acrimonious council wheel, and a surround-view camera.
The 6’s autogenous is additionally fabricated to attending a bit posher with nappa-leather upholstery, 18-carat Japanese copse inserts, suede-style trim, and a frameless rear-view mirror.
Shared with the GT are 19-inch admixture wheels, acrimonious advanced and rear seats, LED daytime active lights, keyless entry, advanced and rear parking sensors, and a 231-watt Bose audio that sounds acceptable rather than brilliant.
Even the best affordable Mazda 6 wagon, the Sport that starts from $35,790, includes affluence of assurance tech: adaptive cruise control, free emergency braking (up to 160km/h), lane-keeping alert/warning, blackout detection, dark atom and rear-cross-traffic monitoring, auto on/off aerial beam, and speed-limit notification.
The Atenza’s autogenous actually has an breeding about it that matches the designers’ access to the Mazda 6’s exoteric – and its abnegation has arguably accustomed the berth to age well.
The best aspect of the 6’s infotainment accoutrement is the automatic rotary ambassador on the centre console, which allows the disciplinarian to aeon through the axial 8.0-inch display’s functions while befitting eyes on the alley as abundant as possible.
However, there’s no agnosticism the 6 would account from featuring Mazda’s newest information/entertainment arrangement that debuted in the latest Mazda 3 – which keeps the rotary controller, but brings a larger/wider affectation with bigger presentation and added layers to the interface.
A annular agenda centre ‘dial’ displays agent dispatch both in abstracts and speedometer forms, additional added information. Either ancillary are concrete dials: rev adverse and fuel/engine temperature gauges. There’s additionally a colour head-up display.
The Mazda 6 misses out on wireless smartphone charging, admitting Apple CarPlay/Android Auto affiliation was alien in mid 2019.
There’s a abode for autumn smartphones up front, while there are agreeably sized aperture pockets and a centre animate cubby.
In the rear seat, there’s acceptable leg allowance and abounding arch room. Toe amplitude could be added generous, and three adults would be a clasp beyond the bench. There are rear air vents, aperture pockets with canteen holders, and an armrest with two cupholders and a buried tray featuring two USB ports.
Mazda’s engineers accept always aesthetic its mid-sized commuter car, transforming it into one that drives with a address rather than the sportiness of antecedent 6s. This includes NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) improvements – conspicuously tyre noise, which is no best a above issue, alike with the big-wheeled Atenza model.
Those 19-inch auto don’t blemish ride quality, either, with the top-of-the-pack Mazda 6 wagon proving to be adjustable about boondocks and abundantly adequate at college speeds on added accessible roads. Wind babble on the freeway is additionally minimal.
While the 6 may accept absent its cachet as its segment’s criterion driver’s car, it’s still at the appropriate end of the activating spectrum acknowledgment to close anatomy ascendancy and council that is smooth, absolute and middling of weight.
All-wheel drive would add to the 6 wagon active experience, and not necessarily in a achievement ambience as with the MPS alternative of the first-generation model.
Front-wheel drive is archetypal amid its rivals, admitting there’s some appropriate balance beneath the Atenza’s beanie that ability be bigger aggregate amid all four tyres. Heavier dispatch can arm-twist mid-corner caster circuit or straight-line torque steer, if adequately minor.
Mazda’s 2018 advancement for the 6 was best notable for the addition of a 2.5-litre turbocharged agent on the GT and Atenza. Taken from the CX-9 seven-seater SUV, the forced-induction four-cylinder gives the Japanese load-hauler 170kW and a decidedly biggy 420Nm produced from 2000rpm.
Forget rivals such as the Mondeo, Peugeot 508 and Passat, not alike the accessible BMW 330i Tourer (400Nm) or Mercedes-Benz C300 Estate (370Nm) can exhausted that best torque figure.
It additionally plays to the 6’s repositioning as a pseudo-luxury wagon, because the agent provides actually effortless motoring. A ablaze nudge of the burke pedal is abundant to activation the wagon into faster progress, admitting the accepted (140kW/252Nm) 2.5-litre in the lower-spec 6 models needs added adulation (though feels sportier).
Forget the Sport approach switch, which alone makes the agent noisier (and not necessarily in a acceptable way) and beneath auspiciously linear. The drivetrain’s absence ambience is affluence responsive, and in-gear dispatch still feels urgent.
Paddle-shift levers on the council caster accord the disciplinarian the advantage to booty command of accessory changes, or the six-speed auto can be trusted to do a acceptable job on its own.
Fuel ability is the turbo engine’s capital negative. Its official amount is 7.6 litres per 100km, admitting the everyman amount we accomplished during testing was in the low 10.0s, and as aerial as 13.0L/100km afterwards a access of active active followed by a almost abrupt freeway run.
Mazda alone the added economical 2.2-litre turbo agent advantage in 2019. At atomic the 2.5-litre is a four-cylinder turbo that runs on approved unleaded rather than premium.
Servicing costs are additionally reasonable compared with rivals. Over bristles years, the Mazda 6 wagon costs a bit beneath to advance than a Mondeo and about bisected the amount of application a Passat.
Service intervals are set at a lower-than-average 10,000km, however, which is article account acquainted for owners planning to do aerial mileage. Mazda provides a five-year assurance with commutual roadside assistance.
The third-generation Mazda 6 is a added complete archetypal than its two predecessors. It’s acceptable rather than absolutely involving to drive, admitting this actually apparel Mazda’s move to booty its cast added upmarket.
The latest Mazda 3 suggests the abutting Mazda 6 could present as article actually appropriate to anguish the brand of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.
If you’re adequate alive that a backup will acceptable access afore you’ve accomplished two years of ownership, the accepted Mazda 6 charcoal a acceptable wagon that, in Atenza spec, is able on achievement and clarification as able-bodied as practicality.
At this pricepoint, it’s aloof account blockage out the Passat or Skoda Superb wagons.
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