Mazda has been in the for many, many years; started back in years with the beautiful, rear-wheel drive Luce followed by the Montrose 626, then came four generations of 626s, each one of those less memorable than the last one. Until the year 2002, the line continued, and previous 2018 Mazda 6 launched as the first of its “New Generation.” Mazda promised that the new six would have crispy looks and ‘Zoom-Zoom’ marketing but it lacked what needed to compete with the rivals. Now again a new model, derived from the old one is here, but slightly bigger. The new car weighs around 35kg less despite car’s special size, more fuel-efficient engines are claimed, and carbon emissions also lowered.
The new 2018 Mazda 6 is 15mm wider, 65mm longer and has wheelbase 50mm longer than before. Engines are Mazda’s own and the front suspension is by double wishbones. The 6 has a stiffer body-shell and weighs less than before, improved aerodynamics with 0.27 of Cd. As you get in the 2018 Mazda 6 and shut the door behind a fancy light-show begins, illumination starts gradually first with the heater controls, stereo controls comes up next, then on the fascia-top the words ‘ZOOM-ZOOM’ display and then the white instrument needles. A three-note ‘zoom-zoom-zoom’ tune plays as you turn on the ignition and the show bids hello.
Rest of the things stay on, but thankfully the tune can be disabled. There are other tricks on the screen too, like it shows clock/trip computer readout, stereo settings, air-conditioner/heater configuration, all these can be altered via the Cross-Function Network buttons and toggles on the steering wheel. Anyone with long-sightedness would find it hard to read the outside temperature, odometer and trip meter and the orange graphics does not look so good. New Mazda 6 petrol engines come in 1.8-litre with 118bhp, 2.0-litre with 153bhp and 2.5-litre with 168bhp.
Mazda 6 diesel engines are offered in 2.2-litre with 127bhp reaches 0-62mph in just 10.9 seconds and CO2 emissions just 133g/km and gives economy of 54.3mpg, 2.2-litre with 163bhp reaches 0-62mph in just 9.1 seconds and CO2 emissions just 141g/km and gives 53.3mpg, 2.2-litre with 180bhp that reaches 0-62mph in just 8.7 seconds and CO2 emissions just 141g/km and gives 52.3mpg. Making a front-wheel drive car fun to drive requires its cornering attribute very responsive to the throttle and Mazda had long thought it way back.
2018 Mazda 6managed to keep the under-steer in control which enabled it to be very soothing and fun to drive on the twisting road with its accurate cornering where each movement blends into the next in very tidy fashion. Agility and dynamic capabilities are given by the excellent damping that helps the feel of control. To eradicate the weaknesses of the old 6, a remarkable job has done in this new version of Mazda 6 making it the top contender to a BMW 3-series or an Audi A4. 2018 Mazda 6 comes were amazingly close to overall victory with its equipment and competitive price, intelligent engineering, well-designed interior, but all of above it compliant ride and terrific handling.
To make sure New 6 looks different from others in the class, Mazda has worked hard on giving a good experience behind the wheel. This results in light and composed chassis, but it soaks up bumps without fuss. Although the six feels lively in the corners, it is not in the same league as the Ford Mondeo. The accurate gear change is a joy to use, but it needs to be worked hard for maximum performance. The 2.2 diesel sprints from 0-62mph in just 9.2seconds but the 2.0 TDCi Mondeo does the same time in 9.5 seconds. Mazda owners are satisfied with their car as it is reliable and safe. 2018 Mazda 6 is a safe vehicle as it has ESB as standard. It was also awarded a full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test rating.
The family-friendly Mazda 6, is very spacious and there is enough head and legroom at the rear although not being as big as a Ford Mondeo. The boot space stands at 510 liters, and with seats down, it increases to 1702 liters. It has lots of storage space inside the car as well. If you want to have an economical vehicle, then the terrible diesel engines are the pick of the bunch. The 2.2 liter manages to emit 133g/km of CO2 and return 54.3mpg. The 6 controls the decent economy but still leaves a gap for a super-eco model. 2018 Mazda 6 lets itself down by being noisy at speeds, narrow seats and having cheap interior plastics. It has great handling; it is practical and stylish.
Nevertheless, the Mazda offers great levels of kit, with cruise and climate control standard on all but the base model. The latest Mazda6 Saloon is also longer than its predecessor. It’s taller and wider which means 20mm of extra shoulder room in the front and back. The door openings are now wider as well so that long-legged passengers can get in and out easily. It does have a firm ride on the basic models. The boot is 486 liters which are better than Ford Mondeo and Honda Accord. Optional assistance is also at hand with radar cruise control, emergency braking override and lane departure warning. The Mazda 6’s dramatic looks and efficient engines make it a direct rival to Skoda Superb and Ford Mondeo.