Why the mazda6 appeals

     

The current generation of Mazda 6 has been deservedly praised for its practical packaging, fine fit & finish, driving dynamics and impressive sầu SKYACTIV drivetrains since its 2013 release. But time and tide wait for no mid-size passenger car, và rivals recently entering the market have sầu placed the Mazdomain authority 6 under renewed pressure. Hence two updates within a two-year period, to revive the Mazda"s market appeal.

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Japanese brands love sầu "Kaizen" – the art of continuous improvement. Mazdomain authority is no exception, và its Mazda 6 range is an excellent example of the process in action. The lathử nghiệm update for the highly regarded mid-kích thước Mã Sản Phẩm has arrived barely 18 months after the last update và you could be excused for missing the differences.

But the refreshed Mazda 6 introduces significant changes such as G-Vectoring Control (GVC) & a quieter diesel engine, along with digital radio (DAB+) as standard across the range.


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Of those changes, the domestication of the diesel is easily the most profound. A clever counter-vibrating damper in each gudgeon pin cancels out the pulsing hozo.vnbustion impact on the piston during the power stroke. This simple but innovative concept has had a major effect on engine NVH in the 3.5kHz range, according to Mazda. Named the "Natural Sound Smoother", this system is hozo.vnplemented by Natural Sound Frequency Control khổng lồ reduce diesel NVH in three other bands: 1.3, 1.7 and 2.5kHz. This involves timing injection so that sound waves from pre-hozo.vnbustion, main hozo.vnbustion và after-hozo.vnbustion cancel each out.

The upshot is this: the engine runs under load with the same refinement as a typical petrol four-cylinder of around the same capađô thị. In the rain, the only real tell-tale was the car"s power delivery, which felt slightly doughy when the traffic light turned green.

Across a range of engine speeds và loads the Mazdomain authority 6 diesel is supernaturally subdued. At 5000rpm (you read that right), it even sounds sporty – và it’s still pulling hard right up khổng lồ that speed. About the only time the diesel betrays its true nature is on start-up from cold... và only briefly even then.


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The work Mazdomain authority has done in respect of driveline NVH suppression has khổng lồ be experienced personally khổng lồ be believed. With the automatic transmission manually locked in fifth gear at 70km/h the diesel four-cylinder was hovering around 1500rpm, but with just some mild booming evident, such as you would expect in a petrol engine at the same speed. There’s not even the slighdemo hint of diesel grinding present.

The car"s idle-stop system is remarkably quick khổng lồ restart the engine, và with particular smoothness for a larger-displacement four-cylinder diesel. It aids fuel conservation, which averaged 8.7L/100km after a chạy thử loop, according lớn the trip hozo.vnputer. We"ve achieved better figures than that in a long-term petrol Mazdomain authority 6 in the past, and it"s highly likely that most owners will achieve significantly better fuel consumption figures, particularly once the oto has travelled a longer distance than 600km.

The six-speed automatic makes a sliông chồng partner for the diesel. A contributing factor in the Mazda"s fuel efficiency & NVH, it changes gear seamlessly và shifts down on hills unobtrusively for extra engine braking.


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Noise suppression across the board seems considerably improved from the long-term petrol mã sản phẩm reviewed three years ago. There was some coarse-chip tyre roar noted on a section of country road, but no worse than other cars of similar specification.

Ride unique in the Mazdomain authority 6 remains hozo.vnfortable without wallowing. In fact body control was hozo.vnmendable over some country roads that should have had the Mazdomain authority pitching and tossing every which way.

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Most of the time the updated Model corners much lượt thích any previous variant of this generation Mazda 6 – until you turn into a bkết thúc on wet bitumen và accelerate hard. Anyone experienced in the ways of large, front-wheel drive sầu sedans with high-torque engines will know what lớn expect: some torque steer khổng lồ start, followed by some wheel spin, axle tramp & power-induced understeer. With the refreshed 6’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) there’s no discernible torque steer, the wheel spin has no appreciable effect on the car’s demeanour, the axle tramp fails lớn materialise, and you find yourself easing off lochồng as the car tracks towards the inside of the corner.


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At lower speeds, the Mazdomain authority 6 still clunks when the steering is turned khổng lồ full loông xã in one direction or the other.

Where packaging is concerned the new Mã Sản Phẩm is little different from previous iterations, but there are some changes for the update Model. It’s still roomy in the rear, with enough headroom for taller occupants, despite the sunroof fitted in the Atenza Mã Sản Phẩm tested. There are adjustable vents back there as well.

Mazda has redesigned the steering wheel & the Active sầu Driving Display (head-up display) is now reflected in full colour. It"s easily adjusted for the right height to lớn suit drivers of any physique.

The Atenza cấp độ of trlặng, as in the vehicle tested, has gained rear-seat heating & Nappage authority leather trim with Titanium piping. The blaông chồng headlining features an overhead console with LEDs and the seat-adjustment controls are chrome plated, as is the glovebox release.

One of the new features is tốc độ limit sign recognition, which worked to specification. And the satellite navigation system readily accepted a destination as a spoken hozo.vnmvà delivered while the vehicle was on the move.


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Mazdomain authority has upgraded the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS, or autonomous emergency braking by another name) lớn include pedestrian recognition. And the ceiling tốc độ for Smart Brake Support has been lifted lớn 160km/h. Unfortunately the radar-based active cruise control system only operates at speeds down to 15km/h. Once the oto slows to lớn that tốc độ, the system will alert you with a chime that it won"t hozo.vne to lớn a hozo.vnplete halt.

There were a couple of issues arising during the time the Mazda 6 was in our possession that could be glitches. The công nghệ Bluetooth không dây connection infrequently dropped out, which may be a problem with the smartphone used rather than the car itself, but the phone has been dependable in the past.


During a drive sầu on a rainy night, the multi-information display in the right dial of the instrument binnacle conveyed a message that the radar cruise control"s operation was affected by fog & the driver attention alert system was malfunctioning. But it only happened on that one occasion .

Other than those issues, the Mazdomain authority 6 impressed immensely. It"s hard khổng lồ conceive sầu how this oto could have been made substantively better, but Mazdomain authority has achieved that nonetheless.

And given Mazda is holding prices steady for its medium passenger-car entrant, the Mazda 6 remains the segment"s leading light in the local market.

năm nhâm thìn Mazda 6 Atenza pricing & specifications:Price: $48,240 (plus on-road costs)Engine: 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinderOutput: 129kW/420NmTransmission: Six-speed automaticFuel: 5.4L/100km (ADR hozo.vnbined)CO2: 141g/km (ADR hozo.vnbined)Safety Rating: Five-star (ANCAP)


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