Mazda 6 Sport review (2015)
Fun for the family
- Good fuel economy with petrol saving aids
- Spacious and well upholstered interior
- Graphically rich and easy to use infotainment system
- Well priced
- Small engine
Price$ 32,450.00 (AUD)
FIVE fully grown men sat in the Mazda 6 an hour into a drive. “There’s so much room in here,” one said. We’ll call him Adam, because that’s what his parents call him.
The drive was largely uneventful. The weather was 19-degrees en route to Terrey Hills in NSW, music was playing and conversation was the usual jest expected from men foregoing civility.
This could only take place in an accommodating car, one comfortable and well equipped. A slower car would’ve turned the passengers into back seat drivers. An argument would’ve broke out over having the windows down or the air-conditioning on. An ‘insufficient’ music system would’ve killed the ambience. But with our needs met, the car disappeared into the day’s backdrop and made it possible to appreciate one another’s company.
In this sense, the Mazda 6 is a family car. Cabin space is plentiful and the boot is large at 474-litres. Aluminium inserts — on the steering wheel and air conditioning vents — add a premium touch to a car priced little over $32,000. Attention has been paid to small details, such as the navigation knob, which turns with a ‘tick’ like the wheel of a safe.
It is well equipped with six airbags, dual-zone climate control and a 7-inch “MZD Connect” infotainment system, complete with a reverse parking camera and GPS navigation. Mazda’s ‘infotainment’ system is well above average, with software that is graphically rich and easy to use.
Here’s the irony: the Mazda 6 is not a family car, at least not in the conventional sense. Its tiny 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine produces only 138kW. Compare it to the 210kW engine of the Commodore SV6 and the Mazda begins to look out of its element.
Take fuel economy into consideration and the Mazda 6 makes crystalline sense. Petrol is expensive and the modern family is conscious of the environment. Those interested in spending less time at the bowser and more time saving Mother Earth will want the Mazda6 as part of their family.Read more: Internode kicks off free Wi-Fi at MCG
It has an engine that cuts out when stationary and it powers the car’s electronics from energy saved when braking. These measures keep fuel usage down to a quoted 6.6-litres for every hundred kilometres. Or when it is being used by a foot-heavy journalist, 9.1-litres in the real world. Compare it to the 13.5-litre consumption of the Subaru Liberty 3.6R reviewed a few weeks ago and the Mazda 6 matures into an attractive proposition.
Often it silently purrs on streets, the suspension taking bumps and potholes in its stride, to deliver a comfortable and fuss free drive. Toggle a button reading “sports” and the car shows the other side of its persona.
The engine will grow audible as it revs out at 6300rpm — maximum torque is at 5700. Manual gear changes are met with some kickback. Down gear and the engine whines ahead of falling revs. This is not a sports car with a stiff ride and deafening exhaust note; it’s an economical family sedan that retains a sense of excitement.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 HTC U11 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Gigabyte Aero 15 corporate gaming laptop review
- 3 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 4 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- The 'Amazon effect' will drive autonomous vehicles, Nvidia CEO says
- Sony's clever image sensor helps autonomous cars see better
- Tesla to begin taking orders for its solar roof shingles
- Ford hires 400 mobile connectivity engineers
- You won't find a steering wheel or a driver on this autonomous shuttle
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- MSI GL62M 7RDX gaming laptop review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTApplication Tester & Quality Assurance AnalystOther
- FTeCommerce Solution ArchitectOther
- FTSenior Project Manager - Transmission and RAN DeploymentsOther
- CCContracts AnalystVIC
- FTChange AnalystOther
- FTUnix Engineer | 6mth ContractOther
- FTPHP DeveloperWA
- FTSharePoint DeveloperACT
- CCCloud Orchestration SpecialistNSW
- FTNetwork EngineerOther
- FTSenior Business AnalystSA
- FTBusiness Systems Analyst (Cognos/TM1)Other
- FTPractice Director Project Management – Adelaide Delivery CentreSA
- FTWeb DeveloperOther
- FTProject / Program ManagerOther
- CCSecurity TesterNSW
- TPInfrastructure Project ManagerQLD
- TPDigital Business AnalystNSW
- FTSoftware Engineer - Content Design NetworkOther
- FTSenior Software Engineer - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 required!!!!SA
- FTTechnical Business Analysts, Banking, LendingOther
- FTICT Programme Director – Adelaide Delivery CentreSA
- FTWintel Server EngineerOther
- FTBusiness Development Manager - TechnologyACT
- FTSAP ETL DeveloperOther