By Gerry Murphy
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it is the first thought that comes to mind when we look at the latest version of the upgraded Mazda6. Always a favourite, they have stuck to their knitting with the 2.2 SkyActive four-cylinder diesel engine and all the driving traits that we have come to respect and love from Mazda.
Despite falling sales in the sector – we are not buying larger family saloons like we used to – business buyers and those who just can’t warm to SUVs will know instantly that the Mazda6 is special car.
What is never in doubt is the outstanding driving experience you get behind the wheel of one of the best in the market.
A new deep grille shows off Mazda’s new image, and slim LED lights make it recognisable and classy. My test car came in white, though I think that it is better looking in other colours – as frivolous as that might seem, the white may not age as well because the beautiful curves from the side view and the prominent wheel arches are not as defined.
In addition, the ratio of glass to metal makes the white a little too imbalanced for my liking. Give me their signature Soul Red Metalic or the Blue Reflex Mica any day and all becomes perfect.
Inside, Mazda designers have upped the game with a modern feel, a tight build quality and space for five full adults. The dash has been re-aligned and is now slimmer and sharper with new modern materials, metal finishing and clever wood inserts giving it a look of something you would expect from a higher class. You also get a huge boot with depth and width to take copious amounts of luggage.
Mazda has also held back on delivering overly confusing on-screen technology that often becomes a distraction in modern cars. All the right technology is there and can be worked through a central dial beside the gearshift, a system that has stood the test of time and much to my preference. It is not quite as capable as the BMW iDrive system but is equally as effective all the same.
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